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Sohail Tanvir eyeing the all-rounder spot in Pakistan T20 team

By Bet Barter

July 25, 2021

Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir is looking to make a comeback in the Pakistan T20I side. Tanvir last played a T20I for Pakistan in 2017 against West Indies. Since then, he has been out of the selectors’ radar. But the 36-year-old continues to impress in franchise cricket across the globe. During this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), the veteran was impressive for Multan Sultans and helped his team win their maiden title.

The left-arm pacer also felt that Sultans gave him the freedom to bat at number seven. Tanvir scored valuable runs down the order and helped the team get to a good score and chase steep run-chases during the sixth edition of PSL.

Speaking about the same to Cricket Pakistan, Tanvir opened up about the possibility of slotting in as an all-rounder in the Pakistan T20 team. “In the very recent PSL games, I got the responsibility to bat at No.7 after a long time. Before that, I used to bat at No.8 or No.9 where you get 4-6 balls on average to face on that position. But at No.7 you get more time which I got with the Multan Sultans. I can see that there is a spot open in the Pakistan team for an all-rounder that anyone can grab. So definitely I am eyeing it,” Tanvir stated.

 The 36-year-old was further asked about Pakistan’s performance against England wherein they won just a single game in six white-ball matches. Tanvir felt the lack of four-day cricket is affecting the team.   

“These player adapt really well in T20 cricket, but when it cmes to the longer version of the game, I don’t think there’s enough preparation. There were seaming conditions in the ODI series and we did not bowl according to the demands of the situation. Our lengths were a bit shorter. As a bowler you learn this only when you bowl longer spells. It is important to play red-ball cricket and things will be difficult untill they don’t go through this process,” Sohail Tanvir concluded.