26 January, 2015 / 30 Rabi-ul-Awwal, 1436

“In cricket there are some things you learn only through experience which comes with the passage of time.”  -File photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: Mohammad Ayub Dogar, who has been selected in the national Test team for Pakistan's tour to Sri Lanka said on Sunday that experience matters more than age in cricket.

Dogar, who is 32 years of age, said if it was about age the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)  selectors would have given him a chance several years ago.

“In cricket there are some things you learn only through experience which comes with the passage of time,” he told PakPassion.net.

Dogar pointed out that Pakistan’s one-day and Test team skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and former captain Younis Khan have proven through their performances that age is not a barrier.

“There are numerous other examples like Mohammad Hafeez, Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene. There are lots of players who are well over 30 and are performing very well with consistency,” he said.

He further said he was thankful to the PCB for giving him an opportunity and he will try his best not to disappoint them.

Dogar said that touring Sri Lanka in June and July will certainly provide challenging playing conditions.

“Playing in Pakistan in domestic cricket provides you with challenging conditions, so hopefully we should be able to cope with the conditions there,” he said.

He added that coaches Dav Whatmore and Julien Fountain have brought a fresh approach to Pakistan cricket.

“They told the selectors to look at who is performing, assessed their ability and then decided who should be selected,” he said.

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