Lahore - Pakistan cricketer Umar Amin Monday said that he hadn’t thought about captaincy yet as he was focusing on his cricket and had not extra burden after being considered as the future Pakistan captain.
Speaking to the media here at the Gaddafi Stadium, Amin said: “It’s not an extra added burden for me as it’s not for the first time that I am leading any team because I have previously led Pakistan U-25, U-21 and regional teams successfully and I hope this time, I will perform this job in a better way.”
Replying to a question about his strategy as a captain, Amin said: “It varies depending on the situation. To face teams like South Africa, we must be aggressive in our approach if we want to get the desired results. But strategies are made on the day by looking at the conditions.”
Amin has good record of scoring 4,569 first class runs in 72 matches with the average of 38 and has scored just 99 runs from eight Test innings at an average of over 12 runs. In nine ODI innings, he has collected 173 runs with the average of 21 runs.
“I think my performance is more than satisfactory if one you look at the positions I’ve played in. I am completely focused and will prove myself as a captain by playing well,” he added.
Amin said Pakistan would go with confidence against the top-ranked South Africa in the series that includes two Tests, two Twenty20s and five ODIs. “We had a good competition against the South Africans this year in South Africa while we also defeated them in a warm-up game at the Champions Trophy. We will have an advantage due to similar conditions in the UAE which will give us edge against them,” Amin concluded.
Meanwhile, Junaid Khan hoped to excel against South Africa adding that was working hard with bowling coach M Akram for the upcoming series. Junaid said he had no pressure of facing the tough opponents on the slow tracks of Abu Dhabi. “The burden is not only on me. We have a good fast-bowling attack while our spin bowlers have been phenomenal.”
“As far as I am concerned, I am positive and aiming for a good show. The tracks in the UAE support reverse swing and I am looking forward to bowl in right areas,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, spinner Saeed Ajmal and fast-bowler Rahat Ali were not present at the camp on the opening day. Apart from the Test probables, several other players including Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and M Irfan are also attending the camp.