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The left-handed batsman Hanan Khan, currently working at a local hotel in Karachi, has been called for the National Cricket Academy's (NCA) team to play two T20 matches against Malaysian cricket team starting January 14 at Gadhafi Stadium, Lahore.

Hanan, who makes parathas at a local hotel, has been called to represent NCA XI against the visiting Malaysian team.

"I am really happy to get this chance," he said.

"When the first telephone call came from Lahore, I was playing a match. Later I called back and was informed about my selection,” he told DawnNews.

Explaining his overwhelming jubilation, he said, “I wasn't sure if it was a genuine call or not, so I called back again and confirmed my selection for the two T20’s.”

The 19-year-old has been representing Quetta in the domestic grade-2 matches, while he was also selected by Quetta Gladiators during their talent hunt in Quetta.

“I am really thankful to all the people who supported me especially Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which has played an important part in promoting the emerging players from Baluchistan,” he said.

The player, who hails form Chaman area of Balochistan, said: “I belong to a region where cricket is not played much but still the selectors come and watch the players while playing and select them."

Talking about his career path, he said that initially he was selected by Gladiators and now he has become part of the NCA team.

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He was optimistic that one day he will be a part of Pakistan's national team. He said, “This is how step by step I will reach the national team and will represent Pakistan one day through my performance.”

Further elaborating his strategy to come forward, he said that his next goal would be to perform well for the team against Malaysia and come in notice of the selectors so as to reach his next destination.

Talking about his inspiration, Hanan said that he was a big fan of Salman Butt’s shots.

“I have been a big fan of the shots that Butt played against India. I also want to become a top class batsman and score runs against India and other top teams,” he added.

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SMI Jan 11, 2017 12:28am

Good Luck!

MK Jan 11, 2017 12:28am

Wish you best of luck!!

Houlbelat Jan 11, 2017 12:30am

So, the two lucky teenagers have emerged almost simultaneously! One Chaiwala and the other Paratheywala!

S Jan 11, 2017 01:04am

Would have halped if his performances were mentioned here. Good luck Boy.

Seneca Jan 11, 2017 01:17am

IS probably better then Hafeez, Akmal and Shehzad anyways.

SaeEd Jan 11, 2017 01:31am

In Pakistan he have no hope every cricketer came from very rich and powerful families or relative of politician.

Hassan Jan 11, 2017 01:32am

good luck lad, good to see PCB hunting raw talent.

Life Jan 11, 2017 01:36am

His thoughts are better than most of our professional cricket players. He is ready to climb the career ladder step by step which is a good sign for his progress. All the best young man!

Nadeem Jan 11, 2017 01:47am

Good luck

Zulfeqaar Canada. Jan 11, 2017 01:54am

Good luck.

jalaluddin s. hussain Jan 11, 2017 02:37am

If Hanan Khan has performed well in Cricket in the past, why not

All the best.


Anees Jan 11, 2017 02:40am

Now this is what I call 'talent hunt'. Well done Hannah and may you succeed.

saeeds Jan 11, 2017 03:08am

Be realistic to be a cricketer you need lot of talent and luck. Some people have better future in cooking.

Crime Master GOGO Jan 11, 2017 03:09am

Good luck mate!

Husain Jan 11, 2017 03:13am

This is really a heartwarming story. His and Muhammad Irfan's examples are hope for all the not so privileged youngsters.

Amer RAO Jan 11, 2017 03:11am


Haidery Jan 11, 2017 03:17am

First chai wala and now parathay wala!! Great sign for our country that anyone can make it big here with passion and commitment. Long live Pakistan!

Khanpk Jan 11, 2017 03:48am

Best of luck Hanan !

Saqib ghumman Jan 11, 2017 03:53am

Good for him. Another star is born.

arsHAD, Canada Jan 11, 2017 04:08am

Good Luck for the future success!

Aziz khan Jan 11, 2017 04:16am

First we had Chaiwala now we have parathawala.

Well done !

Baba bandook Jan 11, 2017 04:26am

Excellent, all the best Hanan khan. Give your best and make Us all proud. The day is not far when everything in Pakistan will be done on merit.

Zia Jan 11, 2017 04:36am

Go out and make Pakistan PROUD.

Malik Jan 11, 2017 05:15am

I am glad to hear his selection and wish him the best. I hope he make laurels for himself and for the country. No profession is demeaning. Finally, I found a good, light heart and warm story in the Pakistani newspapers. Kudos, give them good!

The_Truth Jan 11, 2017 06:16am

Good job PCB .

Manzoor Jan 11, 2017 06:31am

You have every right to be selected if deserving. Salman Bhat is of course a great player.

Anis Jan 11, 2017 06:32am

No doubt Pakistan is a land full of talent. The biggest flaw is in the system that does not nurture the talent. This is why other countries with system pick an average person nurture him and make him ready for the international standard. While our most talented one fails to perform due to not been through a proper system.

Khawaja Jan 11, 2017 06:55am

Nice! cricket is no more game of lords.

AXH Jan 11, 2017 07:06am

Go and chase your dream. Best of luck.

Shaikh Jan 11, 2017 07:11am

Good luck to the hard working boy :)

Philosopher(from japan) Jan 11, 2017 07:09am

Best of luck. He will go far ahead of Chai wala. I pray for his success because he works hard for his living.

Ali (CA) Jan 11, 2017 07:23am

Best wishes and prayers

Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Jan 11, 2017 07:36am

Praise to the Pakistani Media for making first the "Chaiwala" and now the "Parathay Wala"famous.

Dr.Tarique Mansoir Jan 11, 2017 07:47am

Great talent..Go ad perform without any fear..If you have sills and dedication,you will go right on the top. Best of Luck..

zafar ahmed Jan 11, 2017 07:55am

Good Luck...God bless you

SHAHID LATIF Jan 11, 2017 07:58am

very happy to know merit recognition. Good luck

Baniya Jan 11, 2017 08:12am

Bravo young man! Chase your dreams and make your country proud. All the best

Jamal Jan 11, 2017 08:54am

Let me groom first and don't rush to throw him in the international arena yet. We don't need another Aamir like debacle, please.

SDA Jan 11, 2017 08:54am

Best of luck!

Something Fishy Jan 11, 2017 08:57am

@SaeEd Not EVERY.

Waseem Sarwar Jan 11, 2017 12:51pm

Credit to PSL franchises for conducting these talent hunts and actually selecting brilliant talent in their respective franchises. Lahore did a fine job by selecting and taking them for a tour to down under. All the best to lad and hopefully he plays his heart out.

saint Jan 11, 2017 05:20pm

good luck. catch the match,

Ammar Jan 11, 2017 08:12pm

This is great for this young man - best of luck. However lets take a second look at this situation - everywhere around the cricket world players are picked out of academies groomed trained etc. We are picking players off the streets, chia wala stands etc., no wonder Pakistan cricket is in doldrums. We don't have a plan or a strategy at national level !

N_Saq Jan 11, 2017 09:40pm

This proves that talent can come from anywhere and it does not belong to a province, city, town or rich class etc.

Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad Jan 12, 2017 03:17pm

Real talent can neither be ignored nor stopped for long.

Best of luck to Hanan Khan.

My message to him at this crucial juncture in time and history is to "keep it up and hang on tough." May God Almighty bless you and reward you for your hard work, dedication and perseverance. Aameen, Tsum Aameen.

aslam shaikh1 Jan 12, 2017 03:21pm

Far better than the Chai wala since he has talent to do something good.

Salih Jan 12, 2017 04:04pm

Good Luck,

TM Jan 12, 2017 04:29pm

hard work and dedication will bring success....good luck

paban kumar ghosh Jan 12, 2017 04:30pm

Congratulations ! wish you all the best. Talents are beyond money power play.

d.k.pamnanI Jan 12, 2017 04:51pm

Well done Pranthawala ji.

prashant Jan 12, 2017 05:25pm

Good luck! Great

Sankalp Jan 12, 2017 06:14pm

Inspiring ! Govt. Of Pakistan should support such talents to bring back glory days of Pak Cricket.

SAEED MASOOD Jan 12, 2017 06:27pm

Good Luck boy...keep it up is the limit...Inshahallah

gayaz Jan 12, 2017 06:50pm

I wish that we karachiites create such an environment that talent come to Karachi and help in its progress and vis versa

Jay Jan 12, 2017 08:52pm

Good news. We need this kind of enthusiasm and desire in our national team members, because that gives you an edge in hard competitions.

Ammara Jan 12, 2017 09:11pm

Why are we identifying people as chai wala and parathay wala?? they have an identity other than that.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Jan 13, 2017 12:19am

Hanan Khan love to have Chai and Paratha with you.Congrats.

venkob Jan 13, 2017 02:33am

Good Job. Hopefully, he will utilize his chance and his dream to play against the world top performing team should be an inspiration to new breead of Pak cricketers

Armughan Jan 13, 2017 04:37am

Saw a few strokes from this guy in a news report and he looks really good.

ZINK Jan 13, 2017 06:15am

Proud of you!! Let's see if we have any current cricket player who can make paratha!! I'd like to see Shoiab Akhtar make paratha!! (Actually, I'd like to see him just hit the ball - he's a loser!!)

KhwarAzmi Jan 13, 2017 07:45am

Make Pakistan proud!

Jess Jan 13, 2017 10:48am

Though I wish the win to my country (Malaysia and I love my homeland) , well I also know the reality that Pak team will whip them out. So congratulations to Pak team in advance.

Don't backlash me as not patriotic etc please for not supporting my home team. But I have to acknowledge the fact.

Terima Kasih (thank you in my national language)

Jess Jan 13, 2017 11:10am

@Ammara Totally agree with you. People have name not to be called by names.

PPC Jan 13, 2017 10:37pm

Pakistan has produced world class Cricketers specially Fast bowlers unmatched to many other Nations. of late, we find that Pakistan is no more producing such fiery bowlers any more. Pakistan Cricket is no more a dangerous team . Why so?