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Abdul Haq – born in Waziristan, picked in Abu Dhabi

November 22, 2010

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.”