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Paceman upbeat on Pakistan prospects

AFP, KARACHI, Pakistan

Pakistan’s Junaid Khan, right, bowls during his team’s One Day International against South Africa on March 10 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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Fast-rising Pakistan paceman Junaid Khan said yesterday he was confident that a county stint with Lancashire would help him perform in the June Champions Trophy in England.

The 23-year-old left-armer will spearhead Pakistan’s attack in the absence of the injured Umar Gul in the eight-nation event to be held from June 6 to June 23. Khan said his 2011 Lancashire stint introduced him to conditions in England.

“I played for Lancashire and learnt about the conditions in England which are helpful for swing bowling, so that will surely come good when I play in the Champions Trophy,” Khan told reporters at a tune-up camp for Pakistan pacemen.

Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram is supervising the 10-day Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) camp for 23 bowlers, some of whom currently play for Pakistan.

Khan said tips from Wasim, who introduced him to Lancashire, are a great help.

“Learning is a never-ending process and in this camp Wasim told me how to improve my in-swingers and yorkers which are considered as the two best weapons for the left-arm bowler, so I am learning fast,” Khan said.

Wasim praised Khan’s talent.

“He has the capacity to spearhead Pakistan’s attack and after noticing his talent I recommended his name to Lancashire,” Wasim said.

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