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  • Tabish earns a Pakistan name at 36 after being among the many prime performers in home seasons for years
  • “It was unbelievable,” says the fast bowler on being named in the national squad
  • “If you’re fit, performing, and determined to do well, then age is just a number,” he adds

KARACHI: Fast bowler Tabish Khan — who was finally picked by selectors for Pakistan’s Test squad against South Africa — feels that advancing age cannot be viewed as a hurdle by someone determined to do well and thus aims at keeping himself fit.

Tabish earned a Pakistan call at the age of 36 after being among top performers in domestic seasons for years. He was named in the 20-member squad for the series against South Africa.

The Karachi-based fast bowler said on Tuesday that he couldn’t believe when he first heard that he was named in the national squad.

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“It was unbelievable; first my friend told me and I thought he must be joking or might have been misled by a fake social media post. But, after a few moments, I saw it on TV and it was a very emotional moment for me and my family,” Tabish instructed media throughout a web-based press convention.

“I don’t have words to explain what it meant to me,” Tabish stated, who has 598 wickets to his credit score in 137 First-Class matches.

The quick bowler made his FC debut in 2002 however couldn’t impress selectors regardless of repeated seasons with exceptional numbers.

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At 36, if Tabish manages to get himself among the many closing XI for the Karachi Take a look at, he would be the oldest Pakistani quick bowler to make a Take a look at debut and the one second oldest debutant ever for Pakistan after Miran Bakhsh.

Many really feel that Tabish is probably not as efficient as any teen would’ve been, resulting from his age. However Tabish disagrees.

“If you’re fit, performing, and determined to do well then age is just a number. Even a 19-year-old can get unfit, while a 40-year-old can bowl continuously. It is a matter of how you keep yourself motivated,” he stated.

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“I have no idea what my bowling speed is at the moment, as I’ve not bowled with a speed gun for a while. Nevertheless, I don’t focus on speed and instead, try to swing the ball to disturb the batsmen. Like age, speed is just a number, you can remain wicketless despite bowling at 150kmph and you can still take 5-fers with a normal pace of 135kmph,” he stated.

Replying to a query, Tabish stated that though being named within the preliminary squad is a dream-come-true second for him, he’s nonetheless half approach to his goal. He expressed confidence in getting a Take a look at cap in Karachi.

Tabish highlighted that he has expertise enjoying in Karachi and may play an essential half if given the prospect.

“I know the conditions here and have an idea of the wicket’s behaviour. So, I believe that I can take advantage of Karachi’s conditions if I am there in the final XI,” he stated.

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