Karim Janat’s impressive performance in the Ahmad Shah Abdali four-day tournament saw him amass 561 runs at an average of 140.25, which included two centuries and four half-centuries. Additionally, he claimed 18 wickets, placing him as the joint third-highest wicket-taker of the season.
Consequently, Janat has received a call-up for Afghanistan’s one-off Test against Bangladesh. Previously called up for the Test series against West Indies in 2019 but without a playing opportunity, the 24-year-old is now on the brink of realizing his dream of playing Test cricket, expressing his deep appreciation for the format.
“I am feeling very good (to make a comeback in the Test squad). I was included in the Test squad against West Indies (in 2019). But did not get the chance to play the game and so I am seeing whether I can get the game or not. But to be part of the 15-member squad of a Test series is a big thing for a player and I am really happy for that,”
I was specific in practising Sweep: Karim Janat
Moreover, Karim Janat discussed his tournament preparation approach. He highlighted the significance of the sweep shot in Afghanistan’s spin-friendly wickets. Which he specifically focused on and found success in the recent first-class tournament. As a result, he adjusted his net sessions to suit the prevailing conditions.
“Basically when there is a tournament in front of you in that case you take different preparation for it. And I have done the same for the first-class competition. The wicket in Afghanistan where first-class cricket is being played usually it is dominated by the spinners. I was very specific about it. And in the net usually practised keeping that in mind like practicing sweep (to score runs against spinners),”
Janat further added.
The highly anticipated one-off Test between Bangladesh and Afghanistan is scheduled to commence on June 14 in Mirpur. Subsequently, the teams will engage in a three-match ODI series and a two-match T20I series.
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