Pak batsman Asad Shafiq aiming for 'lengthy' innings in Champions Trophy

Karachi, May 5 (ANI): Pakistani batsman Asad Shafiq has said that he is aiming to play long and substantial innings in England during the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy,

Shafiq made the statement following the poor show by the team's batsmen during the South Africa tour, which led to the exclusion of former captain Younus Khan from the squad, the Express Tribune reports.

Terming the Champions Trophy as another tough challenge, Shafiq, who had emerged as the few positives in the South Africa series, said that although the absence of Khan will be a problem, he intends to contribute heavily to his side through his performance and urged the other players to also give a combined effort to win the trophy.

Stating that the batsmen will try to set a good total to help their bowlers, Shafiq, who has played 19 Tests and 36 ODIs, said the team's practice sessions and the tracks at the ongoing training camp in Abbottabad, along with the mentorship of batting legend Javed Miandad, will help in maintaining their rhythm in the Champions Trophy.

According to Shafiq, the experience of playing in South Africa will also help the team in England as the conditions are very similar to the English ones, adding that the team had also spent a long time in South Africa which has helped them to adapt to the conditions.

Shafiq further said that he has no desire to play at any specific position in the batting order, adding that he was ready to play as per the team's requirement. (ANI)

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