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Bilal Asif wants to represent Pakistan in ICC CWC 2019

Off-spinner hasn’t represented the Men in Green in limited overs formats for over three years

Bilal Asif wants to represent Pakistan in ICC CWC 2019 PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan off-spinner Bilal Asif has expressed his desire to represent the Men in Green in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup.

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is due to begin in mid of May, and the Sialkot-born all-rounder is optimistic to earn his spot in the final contingent.

“Playing World Cup is a dream of every cricketer and I’ve the same dream,” said Asif while exclusively talking to Cricket Pakistan. “I’m totally focused on my performance and ready to give my 100% in every single upcoming tournament as I know only that can pave way for the selection in the Pakistan squad for the mega event.”

Talking about missing out from the tour of South Africa despite good performances against Australia and New Zealand in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the 33-year-old said he fully understand the selection committee’s decision.

“It depends on the selectors and the team management as it is their duty to pick the team according to the conditions and opposition,” he said. “In my opinion, the selection committee has selected the best possible squad for the South Africa tour. I think I wasn’t picked because they thought that conditions there will not suit me.”

Asif — who made a promising debut in Test cricket against Australia with the ball in hand claiming nine wickets in two games — also expressed disappointment with his batting performance in the longest format of the game.

“I’m quite disappointed with my performance with the bat, especially when I’m considered as an all-rounder and my team was in need,” said Asif. “Now, I’m having a break from international cricket where I am going to specially focus on improving my batting.”

Talking about his short stint with the national team in the 50-over format, Asif said: “I think I didn’t show any consistency which is why I was dropped.”