Lahore: (DNN – Dekh News Network, 19 Jan, 2020)
All-rounder Amad Butt is eager to fill the specialized all-rounder spot in the Pakistan white-ball cricket and doesn’t want to be labeled as a bowling or batting all-rounder but as a genuine all-rounder when the team needs him in any department to shine.
While talking to media at Gaddafi Stadium Lahore, the 24-year-old emphasized the role of an all-rounder in a side and thinks he is now ready to fill the spot
“I don’t want myself to be labeled if my team demands me to perform with the bat or with the ball, I have to deliver and this is what an all-rounder do,” he said.
“I was called up in the senior team previously but didn’t play, personally I feel it was good for me as now I have worked on my problems after the identification,”
He is fully aware that Head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq who knows him well as both of them were part of Islamabad United in PSL and has a lot of expectations from him.
“His (Misbah) support has always been with me as he has always backed me as an all-rounder. Now, it’s time to deliver for the team.
Amad feels lucky that Babar Azam, a world-class player is in the team and to bowl him in the nets is fruitful to learn as a bowler.
“Babar Azam is a world-class player, it is very difficult to bowl him in the nets and has smashed me a lot too. First, we had to think to bowl to a world-class batsman but now there’s one in our team so we gain experience while bowling to Babar,”
Amad is inspired by former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis but he wants to focus more on his abilities.
Pakistan team training camp is underway in Lahore at Gaddafi Stadium for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh starting from January 24.