My main target will be Steve Smith: Mohammad Irfan
Published - Jan 1, 2017 10:16 am | Updated - Jan 1, 2017 10:16 am
Pakistan National Selection Committee made some radical inclusions in the 15-member One-Day International (ODI) squad for the upcoming series against Australia. While the experienced batting duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal was given a cold shoulder, the PCB selectors chose to add more potency to the bowling attack by recalling the towering Mohammad Irfan back in the scheme of things.
The seven foot tall left-arm fast bowler would be making his return in the international after four months, since last representing Pakistan in ODIs against England in September last summer. He obviously is quite excited about his return and with the pitches in Australia offering the pace and bounce, Irfan has sent a clear ultimatum to Australia skipper Steve Smith. He has openly called out Smith and has labelled him as his main target.
Smith along with his vice-captain David Warner are perhaps the two most consistent batsman for Australia and often come under opposition’s radar for being so prized ones. Smith, who is one of the best in the world at the moment, won’t be intimidated but a bowler announcing his return in such fashion obviously makes thing mouth watering.
“I am the only bowler with this sort of height so I feel I have an advantage over others which I will use on the bouncy pitches of Australia to take wickets”, Irfan told The Express Tribune.
“My main target will be Smith, who is in good form right now but as my bounce is unusual I will try to use it to bowl him out,” he added.
Mohammad Irfan has had an on and off career since making his debut in 2010 and has claimed 83 wickets in his 60 ODI appearances.
Pakistan having lost the ongoing Test series against Australia, would be hoping to gain some redemption in the upcoming five-match ODI series, which begins from January 13 at the Gabba.