LAHORE - Openers Shan Masood and Sami Aslam have said that although the England tour will be ‘challenging one’, yet all the players are ready to take on England in a professional manner.

Talking to the reporters here at Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday after a training session, the openers said: “The players are working hard at a skill training camp under scorching heat defying hot weather conditions while going through extensive training which will help them to come up with good performance to take the English challenge in a way to live up to expectations.”

“It is going to be a tough tour but team can achieve good results if all the players play to their full potential setting aside pressure and other allied factors,” they added.

Shan and Sami were of the view that players fitness level had improved to a significant level after attending a physical training camp at Abbottabad under the supervision of Pakistan Army instructors. “At skill camp, we are getting a the feeling and flavor of English wickets by practicing on grassy wickets and playing with English cricket balls. We are confident to give tough time to English side in the test matches.”

The opening pair said that it was not a fair trial to determine the performance of a player by analyzing his performance in few matches rather he should be given ample chances before making a decision regarding his future in the game.

“Our team will be playing as many as 11 Test matches in next seven months and if selected, we will be putting up our best to show consistency and to play our role in the team’s success. We are learning with each passing day by working on our mistakes and to adopt a culture of making lesser mistakes during a match which is only possible to remain calm and to play without going down to pressure,” they added.

They vowed to be seen in a new role of opening pair during the Test series against England by playing productive knocks. “Definitely, the young players will be under pressure to perform on English wickets and we believe that they are fully prepared to face pressure situations during the matches.”

They said they had made their presence felt by giving impressive performance in the domestic tournaments and if they were selected, they would rise to the occasion to bring glory for their country.

Shan said he had played three matches at university level in England but the level of international cricket is far superior to university level games and he would be aiming to display best of his batting ability and prowess to justify his selection.

Sami said he had the added experience of touring Pakistan U-19 team to England and Australia and if selected, he would utilize his experience for good batting display.