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January 15, 2018

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Irfan says he rejected basketball offer from US

KARACHI: Left-arm fast bowler Muhammad Irfan has rejected an offer of playing basketball in the United States as he wanted to represent Pakistan in international cricket.

Talking to ‘The News’ after the final of Departmental One-day Cup at UBL Sports Complex, he said that he got an offer from the US basketball federation, but he rejected it because he wished to represent Pakistan in cricket.

“Pakistan is my first priority and I will keep on playing for my country,” he stated.He said that there was a time when he was enthusiastic about basketball and had also played the sport representing Army.

“They told me that they want a tall player; that is why they had contacted me,” he said.Irfan said basketball was a very attractive game and helped a player remain absolutely fit.

He added that he had planned to go for training to the US after the PSL to work on his fitness.Moreover, Irfan said that he was working hard to make a comeback in the national side. “I am performing with my full capacity and I hope that soon I will make a comeback,” he said.

Irfan is looking forward to the third edition of the PSL with a new team and hopes that he will play an important role for his team. “I am really excited. I am now part of my home team, Multan. It’s like dream come true,” he said. Irfan played the first two seasons of PSL with Islamabad United, who won the first edition.

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