Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf is all set to make his debut in the longest format of the game –Test Cricket for his country, as he has been named in a 16-man squad against Ireland and England.
The 24-year-old pacer made his international debut against Sri Lanka in June last year, has been given a chance to represent his country in the traditional format of the game after his brilliant performance in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he finished as the joint highest wicket-taker.
Pakistan will play one-off Test at the Village, Dublin, starting on 11 May, which will be the inaugural Test for Ireland, then will depart for England to play two Tests, starting from 24 May at The Lord’s.
Meanwhile, the youngster is happy to get a maiden call-up in the national Test squad and said he will give his best to justify his selection. Although, the fast bowler has already played 8 ODIs and 10 T20Is, but playing Tests for Pakistan was his ultimate dream, which will now come true.
As per reports in The Express Tribune, Ashraf said, “It's the dream of every cricketer to play for your country at the Test level, which is the ultimate challenge. I am extremely happy to be selected in the Test squad. Representing Pakistan’s national cricket team is a huge challenge.”
He further added, “I am looking forward to it. I am working hard to maintain my form and fitness and I will try my best to justify my selection in all three formats.”
The all-rounder signed off by saying, “The goal is to cement my place permanently in all three formats of the game through consistent performances. I believe, to survive in all three formats, you need physical fitness and consistent form and I know that is the secret to success, which is why I am training hard.”