Karachi Kings opening batsman Sharjeel Khan on Thursday admitted that his comeback in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020, after a five-year ban, was not easy but that his "focus" helped him immensely.
Sharjeel, who was banned for his part in a spot-fixing scandal in the 2017 PSL, hit a match-winning knock of 74 off 59 balls against Lahore Qalandars on Thursday.
"It was never easy to make a comeback after a three-year gap but I was focused. This innings has given me confidence," said Sharjeel while speaking to media.
Furthermore, the 30-year-old said the innings was "long due on me" as he had received tremendous support from the management.
"The way management had backed and supported me, and made me feel that I should soon produce a big match-winning knock for them. I am glad that I played one such knock in an important game."
Meanwhile, following the announcement of staging Karachi’s PSL matches behind closed doors the batsman said that playing without an audience would be "no fun".
"It would look dull without the crowd and there will be no fun, but we can't do much," he said.
The Kings, as of yet, are placed second on the points table, having won four out of eight matches.