Abdul Haq clean-bowled three Pakistan batsmen in the nets in Abu Dhabi. —AFP Photo
Abdul Haq clean-bowled three Pakistan batsmen in the nets in Abu Dhabi. —AFP Photo

ABU BHABI: Talented Abu Dhabi-based pace bowler Abdul Haq has been invited by Pakistan Manager Intikhab Alam to the National Cricket Academy after an impressive display of fast bowling in the nets. The 25-year-old six feet tall pacer hails from the Mir Ali region in Pakistan’s tribal region of South Waziristan and represents Abu Dhabi Gymkhana in the local league.

For his day job, Haq drives heavy-duty trucks for a construction company the emirate.

Haq impressed Pakistan coach Waqar Younis and assistant coach Aaqib Javed during the net sessions with Pakistan team before the second Test at the Shaikh Zayed Stadium.

“I am happy that I got the opportunity to bowl at Pakistan batsmen in the nets and clean bowled Misbah-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat and Adnan Akmal,” he told reporters and thanked Pakistan team officials for inviting him to Pakistan Cricket Board’s National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

“I had a great passion for the game and wanted to play at the top level. Who knows I may get a break for Pakistan,” Haq said.

The six feet tall fast bowler has only been playing 50-over matches in the United Arab Emirates’ A-division league and has not had the chance to play first-class level four-day matches.

Failing to earn a decent living in his native South Waziristan, Haq moved to Abu Dhabi for a change of fortunes.

“If I am lucky enough I may play for Pakistan.”

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Comments (44)

M. Asghar
November 22, 2010 7:03 pm
One must not and cannot afford to miss the jewels like Abdul Haq for the sake of the quality of the game.
Shahzad S. Janjua
November 22, 2010 7:24 pm
Excellent article, we should promote people like Haq and many others. They don't only have talent in them they have a heart to play as well. Which our country and what this team needed. I am sure if he is given a change he will blossom like Amer and alike. InshaAllah Wish you all the best :)
November 22, 2010 8:21 pm
P.S. Time to drop Misbah, farhat and adnan akmal if they get bowled by a new comer.
November 22, 2010 9:36 pm
Well done Abdul Haq. People of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Baltistan and Baluchistan are naturally blessed with fit & muscular bodies and great physical staminas; probably because of their every day hardwork of gruelling their landscape. There is real sports talent there. I have seen scores of boys hailing from those areas studying at public schools of Pakistan, to be outstanding sportsman. Peopole who matter in sports should launch camps in these areas to look for real talent and groom them for 2012 olympics in field sports.
November 22, 2010 10:03 pm
Good. My free advice to abdul haq is that he should attend cricket academy while on leave as nobody knows when will he get the chance to play for pakistan. Another free advice to waqar younis is that please get his bowling action checked well in advance....so no worries later on.
November 22, 2010 9:59 pm
Great news, for PAK cric, hope another star in the making ......
Imran A.
November 22, 2010 10:23 pm
Just goes to show it's really difficult in Pakistan to get to be noticed in cricket.
November 22, 2010 11:37 pm
Abdul haq My prayers with you ,One advise I wanted to give you Inshallah when you get a chance to play for pakistan remember to enjoy the game with honesty and dignity and stay away from bad guys ,Thats what your country expect from you Inshallah you be a super star.God bless you and long live PAKISTAN.
Shakeel Akhunzada
November 23, 2010 12:35 am
Abdul Haq got by luck got a chance to Impress the pacer ,But still there are alot of them Playing in streets. Craze of cricket is diverted from big cities to rural areas .PCB must initiate programs to encourage game over there and ficilitate them with playgrounds.
November 23, 2010 2:33 am
he must be given chance and honestly fecilitated .
Ghulam Hussain
November 23, 2010 2:28 am
Surely I am happy for him but don't we have enough quality bowlers already. wouldn't it be nice to bump into a quality batsman for a change :))
Kamal M Sheikh
November 23, 2010 7:33 am
I am happy for Abdul Haq, at least he was at a venue where he got noticed and invited to the cricket academy in Lahore. This goes to show if a player cannot afford to play at a half way decent club anywhere, there is very little chance of him being noticed by the scouts. There is plenty of talents on the streets in Pakistan, that can never, and will never be at the right place at the right time for our scouts to notice.
bilal - uae
November 23, 2010 8:21 am
Thank you Dawn for putting this up. We need cricket scouts like they have for soccer in UK, if you look at most of the players in afghanistan team, most of them hail from Pakistan, and they performed so well, alot of guys are not getting this chance.A truck driver had gone un-noticed if he was not playing in abu dhabi gymkhana, Pakistan is full of such talent but due to politics in the game and corruption, alot of guys do not get picked. PCB needs to stop "eating" and start doing the search from the grass root level. For God sake do something good for a change.
Azhar CHAUDHRY (Hong
November 23, 2010 8:36 am
Must give this guy a chance. He can make wonders.
sana yasin
November 23, 2010 9:06 am
its good he should get a chance but what about those who are playing through proper process and not get noticed.
Junaid Kamal
November 23, 2010 9:41 am
Lets keep our fingers crossed and see how the emerging star performs at the ground. Thumbs up for you Haq.
anwar uddin ahmad
November 23, 2010 10:08 am
hope he will be considered for the team & he will not be the part of team politics.
Ehtisham ul Haque
November 23, 2010 10:39 am
All The Best Abdul Haq !
Waqar Azeem
November 23, 2010 10:58 am
Both Waqar and Aqib are the big guns in bowling and if they are sure about the talent of Abdul Haq, no one can doubt about his ability now we shall pray for Abdul Haq to be part our national team.
Ummar Abdullah
November 23, 2010 12:53 pm
All the Best for Abdul Haq. and hope to see u soon in the Pakistan Team.
November 23, 2010 1:13 pm
please i m requesting to dawn news do something for great talent Muhammad Aamir .media have got great power if they do something
November 23, 2010 1:24 pm
This is the right way to hunt talent as it was once done by Imran khan in hunting Waqr yunis while he was playing for a local club team and being watched by Imran khan at TV and the later immediatly went to the ground and chose him for his team.
RB Joshi
November 23, 2010 1:46 pm
Please keep him away from all match fixers.
November 23, 2010 3:07 pm
Every pakistani needs good opportunities in life, be it sports, work, education or other facets of life. Good luck young man. Long live pakistan.
Muhammad Latif
November 23, 2010 6:36 pm
Excellent work by the team management and good luck for the lanky pacer. If the selectors move out of mega cities, they will find many more jewels waiting helplessly for their chance. Unfortunately, this is our system (or no system for that matter) which is causing our down slide. Let us hope that this precedence set by management proves to be the first drop of rain and good work continues, till we reach top of the ladder and cement our place there.
Abdul Majeed Shah
November 23, 2010 8:32 pm
I hope PCB authorities will give chance to this talent and also there is a lesson in this time when every body is frustated and adisappointment prevail all arround that one should not leave struggle and try for the best . There isbig potential inour nation.
November 23, 2010 10:01 pm
Pakistan need fast bowler like Haq, he should participate in pak team. good luck mr.Haq.
saifullah khan
November 23, 2010 11:57 pm
Abdul haq that is time to show to the world we are honest pakistanis.Good Abdulhaq , Good luck Pakistan@
November 24, 2010 1:14 am
Goes to show that only talented and dedicated people like Waqar Younis, Aaqib Javed and Intikhab Alam can appreciate talent and help Pakistan cricket. T
kamran Aftab
November 24, 2010 2:09 am
I hope this hard working guy gets a chance to prove his metal and change the fortunes of his family. I wish him best of luck
M.abdul rehman afrid
November 24, 2010 2:21 am
best of luck abdul haq...you have a great chance to show your self in front of d world....and represnt pakistan crkt team inshalah......
November 24, 2010 4:31 am
thanks to Allah Almighty that a second star after shahid afridi from tribal areas of pakistan is going to join pak team and inshallah, bring good name to the country as well as our militancy-ravaged areas..
November 24, 2010 8:35 am
Mate how do you know? Have you seen him bowl at all?
November 24, 2010 10:02 am
hmmm agreed add: Muhammad Irfan . . . . . Abdul Haq . . . . . . Good Luck
November 24, 2010 10:16 am
definitely he also have to IMPRESS Butt sb for selection in national team ; )
November 24, 2010 10:29 am
ok great and good Luck to Abdul Haq Wasim bhai found Muhammad Irfan Waqar & Aqib Bhai Foud Abdul Haq and all three Bhai s' found Imran Khan hmm
Saleemul janan
November 24, 2010 12:25 pm
We should hire the players just based on their actual performance+ honesty and loyalty with the Country,Pakistan.I pray for the success of Mr. Abdul haq.May he be faithfull to our country, Pakistan. Allah Hafiz.
Swapnil Julme
November 24, 2010 1:53 pm
I really admire this fact that many bowllers in Pakistan were brought from no where to Pakistan's National Team. Waqar Younis was one of the players taken from Street right in Pak's National Team.
Jehan Sher Yusufzai
November 24, 2010 3:02 pm
We are happy on it that for the first time I saw that Cricket greats showed to pick a player by observing his performances in the field. I would like to tell that our selectors should visit the far-flung fields of the unfortunate country regularly to search players like Abdul Haq. There is no dearth of talents in the long last neglected areas of Pukhtunkhwa.
November 24, 2010 5:18 pm
very good news for us if a new star is found .pls waqar/and intikhab sahib if u can try to groom and teach him.good luck to pakistan cricket...allah hafiz
November 24, 2010 7:24 pm
Both a good batsman and a good bowler are needed and aught to be taken care of without any exclusiveness.
rizwan ahmed
November 27, 2010 8:35 pm
best of luck.
naseem mushtaq
November 28, 2010 9:21 am
I wish we can get some detail like Abdul Haq and many others.
November 30, 2010 11:14 am
What is the current status of Abdul Haq or if PCB made an emotional statement while in UAE to call him at NCA. I did not read Misbah or Intekhab Alam recognizing him in the post tour press conference where everything else was acknowledged.
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