Patience finally pays off for Rafatullah

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After gaining selection to the Pakistan squad for the first time at the age of 39, Rafatullah Mohmand just wants to help his national team win matches.

The right-handed batsman made his first-class debut in 1996 and was always on the fringes of the national side but was never given the opportunity until now, when he was picked in the 15-man squad to take on England in three T20 matches in the UAE.

Rafatullah said: "I have been playing cricket for a long time and like many I also had a dream to represent the country at highest level.

"But we all know how big the competition is in Pakistan and you only few get a chances but I am happy that I finally got a chance.

"Now, I know I have less time so my target in whatever the time left is I want to do my best and help Pakistan to win matches.

"Whatever I have learnt and whatever I know I will transform it at the top level. It been a very long time I have been playing domestic and I have been use to of it.

"Obviously every cricket player has a dream to play and after such prolonged domestic career came at certain stage of my career where I was thinking about quitting.

"But now I have a chance and whatever the age is I want to perform and if I am not able to give perform well I will move aside."

The first T20I between Pakistan and England takes place on 26 November in Dubai.

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