Top Pakistan pacer rejected a chance to join Basketball
The main aim of the left-arm seamer is to make a comeback to the national team after being dropped out of the squad.
Updated - Jun 22, 2018 6:34 pm
Pakistan’s tall left-arm pacer Mohammed Irfan revealed that he had rejected an offer from basketball in the United States as he wanted to represent his country in Cricket game. The left-arm pacer has been a revelation in Pakistan cricket as his height and pace has troubled many top batsmen in the past. The likes of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are some of the names who have struggled to cope with the pace and the length of the left-arm bowler.
In an interview with ‘The News’, following the Departmental One-day Cup finals at the UBL Sports Complex, he revealed that the got an offer from the United States to join US Basketball Federation. However, the left-arm rejected the offer to represent Pakistan in cricket.
Pakistan is my first priority:
“Pakistan is my first priority and I will keep on playing for my country,” he stated. He said that there was a time when he was enthusiastic about basketball and had also played the sport representing Army.
Further, he revealed that they wanted a tall player which was the reason that they contacted Irfan. However, he further said that he loved basketball as a child and was attracted towards the game.
Irfan is also planning to go to the United States for training after the Pakistan Super League to work on his fitness. The main aim of the left-arm seamer is to make a comeback to the national cricket team after being dropped out of the squad.