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Promising players

May 10, 2014

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THE Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has recently announced the names of 36 players who will participate in a one-month-long training camp to prepare for future tours of the Pakistan cricket team.

As always they have neglected many good players who have been leading in the domestic season and didn’t call them up to the camp. One such player is a 24-year-old, six feet five inches tall left-arm fast bowler, Sadaf Hussain, who represented Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) in the 2013-14 domestic season.

He was among the leading wicket-takers. Sadaf has started first-class cricket in the 2010 season and within four years he has taken 211 wickets at an amazing average of 18.37. At this strike rate, he has been one of the fastest wicket-takers among all recent first-class bowlers.

In List A category (one-day) he has taken 36 wickets at a good average of 20.44. He can move the ball both ways and use his height to his advantage and, if given chance, can be a second Mohammad Irfan for our team.

One fails to understand why such a talented bowler has been ignored by selectors until now.

Besides Sadaf, I would like to point out another promising fast bowler, Imran Khan, who represented ZTBL during the recently-concluded President’s Trophy and has been the highest wicket-taker among all the fast bowlers in the tournament.

I strongly recommend the PCB to call these two talented players in the training camp and groom them for future as we need good fast bowlers to replace aging and injured Umar Gul and Irfan.

Khurram Shahzada

Islamabad