Junaid wants to fill Amir's void after fifer against Lanka

Rookie paceman Junaid Khan yesterday said he wanted to fill the void left in Pakistan's pace attack by the absence of his close friend and one-time bowling partner Mohammad Amir.

Pakistan's Junaid Khan (right) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's
Chanaka Welegedara on Day One of the first Test yesterday, Pic/AFP

The 21-year-old took a maiden five-wicket haul to help Pakistan dismiss Sri Lanka for a low score of 197 on the opening day of the first Test at Abu Dhabi stadium.

"I will do my best to fill the void and do as well as my team needs," said Khan, whose 5-38 rocked the formidable Sri Lankan batting. "I am delighted with my effort but all the bowlers did well as no one man can get a team out."

Khan hails from Abbottabad in North-Western Pakistan, a town where Osama Bin Laden was killed by American Special Forces in May this year, played most of his cricket with Amir.

The duo, both left-arm pacemen, toured various countries with Pakistan junior teams between 2005 and 2009 before the more talented Amir was picked for Pakistan's seniors.

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