‘Don’t need marathon players’ Dean Jones backs Sharjeel Khan

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Former Australian cricketer and Karachi Kings’ head coach Dean Jones once again puts weight on Sharjeel Khan’s return into the Pakistan cricket team.

Speaking to a sports website, Jones said that Khan is fit enough to make a comeback in the national side. He emphasized on including him in Pakistan’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.

“I still think Pakistan is not going to win T20 World Cup without him [Khan]. He is fit enough to be there in Pakistan’s squad and one thing is sure, you don’t want to have marathon players playing cricket,” Jones marked.

The cricketer-turned-coach highlighted how hard the 30-years-old cricketer worked on his fitness during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 5. “I have visuals of him doing pushups and runups during PSL. He is a rock-solid unit who can hit the ball 95 to 100 meters long,” he said.

“I think he needs to lose weight around 5 to 6kgs and then he is ready to play international cricket,” he added.

It must be noted here that Khan scored 199 runs in 10 PSL 5 games at an average of 24.87. He had a decent strike-rate of 144.20 and also scored a half-century.

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