Sohail Tanveer is confident he can force his way back into the Pakistan side and make a big impact at the T20 World Cup in Australia.
The left-arm paceman has not played for his country since April 2017, but remains as driven as ever to showcase his talents on the international stage.
Tanvir was the leading wicket-taker when Northern won the National T20 Cup late last year and is determined to catch Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq’s eye with a fruitful Pakistan Super League campaign for Multan Sultans.
Mohammad Hafeez, 39, and Shoaib Malik, 38, have recently been recalled by Misbah and 35-year-old Tanvir believes his skill and experience can also be invaluable for Pakistan.
The quick told Omnisport: “I feel that if you don’t have the inspiration to play for your country there is no point in playing cricket.
“I started playing when I was seven or eight years old with the dream of playing for my country, that gave me inspiration and I worked hard, made it and played for my country.
“I have always wanted to play well and show my worth. Unfortunately for around two and a half years or so, I didn’t play for Pakistan but I’m still inspired to do that and the PSL is going to be key not only for me, but many players trying to play for Pakistan.
“The T20 team is not settled at the moment and the places are pretty much open, so I’m still fancying my chances.”
— Sohail Tanveer (@sohailmalik614) January 21, 2020
Tanvir says the appointment of Misbah to replace Mickey Arthur has given him renewed hope of wearing the famous green shirt once again.
He added “The mindset is different, Mickey came with a different mindset and approach, he was just giving chances to youngsters.
“On his behalf fair enough, I won’t argue about it but Misbah has a different mindset. We have seen more experienced players such as Shoaib Malik and Hafeez coming back into the team, that means age is not an issue and anybody can get a chance.
“That is how it should be, if someone is doing well. You want to win games for your country, it doesn’t matter if you are 35 years old or 20 years old, the motivation is to win the game.
“If someone comes into the game with a lot of experience and still wins you games, that is a plus-plus for you instead of youngsters coming in with no experience.
“We all know the pressure of playing T20 cricket, things change very quickly and you have to make instant decisions. Having that experience gives you more confidence in yourself.
“I’ve not been playing international cricket, but I’ve been playing in high-quality leagues very close to the level of international cricket. I believe I can serve my country well again.
“The T20 World Cup is in sight this year and there is one next year as well, so I’m fancying my chances.
“I’m right on top of my game, fitness-wise and performance-wise I’m pretty much there, PSL is the key now.
“I had a conversation with Misbah and he was pretty much clear, as other key people have said, we will be looking at PSL, then check on fitness and performance.”