[caption id="attachment_2154" align="alignright" width="225"]Sohaib should have been tested much earlier. Now only time will tell if he is given a chance in Pakistan's upcoming tour of Zimbabwe (Photo: PakPassion.net) Sohaib should have been tested much earlier. Now only time will tell if he is given a chance in Pakistan's upcoming tour of Zimbabwe (Photo: PakPassion.net)[/caption]

It has been quite a long time that Pakistan are struggling with number three position in batting line in all three formats. The team needs a specialist one-down batsman because openers tend to fail to give a decent start. As Pakistan are now all set to tour Zimbabwe for a relatively low-profile series, young talent can be deployed and tested at the position. That is why instead of keep flogging a dead horse, the team has given a chance to 26-year-old Sohaib Maqsood this time around, selecting him in the T20 squad.

In a light chat on the sidelines of Ramazan cricket tournament in Karachi, Sohaib, who was born in Multan, said that representing the national team is like a dream come true and he is determined to justify his selection if given chance in the playing eleven. Sohaib has been very impressive during domestic season and he is hoping to continue the form in the international cricket as well.

Avoid making tall claims, Sohaib dreams of not only scoring a century against India in India in international cricket, but also becoming man of the series. He considers South Africa's Jacques Kallis his hero and Inzimam-ul-Haq his guru. However, he said being on the crease with Misbah-ul-Haq would be a bigger moment than watching Kallis play. For that, he has to wait a little longer even if he would be given a chance to play, because he has been selected only in the T20 squad, which lacks Misbah.

He said that he has played domestic cricket with Younis Khan and Umar Akmal, but also desires to rub shoulders with them in international cricket. Sohaib said he is passionate about playing aggressively against Indian bowlers. He said he would not dare face any bowler, however, he would prefer a cautious approach against Dale Steyn.

The aggressive young batsman said that like every cricketer it is his dream to represent Pakistan in Tests, but he would try to become a regular member of the team in all formats.

In the past, Sohaib injured his ankle and the PCB financed him for his surgery. However, he made an impressive comeback after staying away from the game for a year. According to Sohaib, that one year was the toughest in his life, but due to prayers of his parents, he is now fit again and making runs.

Sohaib belongs to an educated family, and he himself holds an impressive academic record. However, his father galvanised him into making a career in cricket apart from studies. He said it would be a dream come true for his father is he represented Pakistan.

Pakistan will play two Tests, three ODIs, and two T20s during their Zimbabwe's tour, officially starting from August 23 with a Twenty20. Now let's wait and watch if this aspiring youngster gets his spot or not.
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