Unheard of less than a month ago, Sialkot Stallions’ Mukhtar Ahmed burst onto the scene with the proverbial bang when he, playing his first national level T20 tournament, blazed his way to 195 runs in just 5 innings at an average of 48.75 and a strike rate of 161.15 to go with 7 wickets in just 5 games at a scarcely believable average and strike rate of 10.28 and 8.50 respectively.
Prior to the Haier National T20 Cup, the entirety of his domestic experience at the highest level consisted of a sum total of 6 List A games. He saved his best for the best, picking up 3 wickets for 28 against Karachi Dolphins including those of Shahid Afridi and Sarfraz Ahmed before scoring an unbeaten 48 ball hundred against an attack comprising Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Sami and Anwar Ali to chase 150 in all of 15 overs.
In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Mukhtar reminisced about his days as a schoolboy aspiring to play cricket professionally, his experience at the Haier National T20 Cup (2014), being named as one of the top players of that tournament and what he hopes to achieve in the future.
Saud Shakeel is a promising young talent from Karachi who bats left-handed and is also a part-time slow bowler as well. He has been a regular member of the Pakistan U19 squad in recent times. At 18 years of age, Saud has already been making headlines from the time he played in the Inter-region U19 leagues where he captained Karachi Whites and up to representing Pakistan in the U19 World Cup in February/March of 2014. In an exclusive interview with PakPassion, Saud spoke about what inspired him to take up cricket, Pakistan U19s disappointing display in the U19 World Cup final and his hopes of joining the senior team in the near future.
18 year-old Hasan Raza is a left-handed middle order batsman from Mirpur who has been a regular for the Pakistan Under-19s. He was top-scorer with 55 when the Pakistan Under 19s defeated England in December last year at a Tri-Nation Tournament in the UAE, and a week later scored a century against Nepal in the Asia Cup, sharing a 166-run second wicket stand with captain Sami Aslam. The next day, he scored 60 in a 113-run third wicket stand to help Pakistan defeat the UAE.
His penchant for playing important knocks has seen him selected for the Pakistan Under-19s team for the upcoming ICC Under-19s World Cup to be contested later this month in the UAE. PakPassion.net: caught up with Raza to discuss how he got into cricket, the recently-concluded Under-19 Asia Cup, his hopes for the ICC Under-19 World Cup and his future aspirations.
Pakpassion caught up with the tall pacer from Bannu as he discussed his career to date and Pakistan's chances at the U19s World Cup.
Usama Mir is a right-arm leg-break bowler from Silakot, with an unorthodox action. Mir spoke to PakPassion.net about his career and future plans.
Zafar Gohar is a slow left-arm orthodox bowler from Lahore who impressed one and all during Pakistan U19s' successful tour of England this month. Gohar spoke to Pakpassion.net about his early days as a cricketer, his favourite players and his plans for the future.
Mohammad Ali is a right-arm fast-medium bowler from Sialkot. He has taken 113 wickets in his 29 first-class matches to date, at an impressive average of 24.88. In his 14 List A matches, he has taken 29 wickets at an eye-catching average of 18.79.
He also featured for the State Bank of Pakistan in the recently-concluded Ramadan T20 Cup in Karachi and bagged 5 wickets for just 52 runs in 3 matches.
Hussain Talat is a left handed batsman who at the age of 16 has already played four List A matches and three T20 matches for ZTBL. During the four List A matches he scored 272 runs at an average of 90.66 with a highest score of 141. He also represented ZTBL in the recently concluded Ramadan T20 Cup in Karachi.
Hailing from the cricket mad city of Lahore, Hussain has already caught the eye of Pakistan’s selectors and has been included in the Pakistan Under 19 squad for the upcoming tri series against England and Bangladesh, after making an impressive start to his cricket career.