Aamer Sajjad is a name currently on plenty of people's lips, especially given the fantastic domestic season he has had so far including a world record second wicket partnership. So our Talent Spotter set out to catch up with him.
Aamer debuted for Lahore Whites back in the 01/02 domestic season at the age of 20. He has since established himself as a successful run-getter in domestic cricket and has scored over 800 runs in the Quaid E Azam Trophy this season and averaged over 60. Just recently he and Rafatullah created a new World Record for 2nd Wicket 580 runs partnership against SSGC at Sheikhupura in First Class Cricket. Aamer scored 289 in the drawn game.
With his good form he has been selected for the Rest of Pakistan team in the Pentangular Trophy and has hit scores of 119, 88, 6 and 134 not out, in his 4 innings in this competition.
He has a career batting average of over 41, and is currently plying his trade with WAPDA who he has played with since the 2003/04 season.
In his own words - "My cricket cricket career started in the 1998/99 season when I was 18 and a camp was held for young cricketers in Lahore. It was named the Falcon camp and there were a number of coaches overseeing things. Coaches such as Ali Zia and Saud Khan were present. There were literally hundreds of youngsters there at the camp and eventually the coach selected 5 teams to play each other. I was selected for one of the teams and I did well during this camp.
Then after that camp I was selected to play for the Under 19 Lahore team to take part in the Under 19 regional competition.
After playing for Lahore Under 19s, I played Grade 2 cricket for the Pakistan Air Force team. After playing Grade 2 cricket I started playing first class cricket for Lahore.
Then in the 2003/04 season I started to play for WAPDA. Of course at WAPDA I have played alongside international players like Shabbir Ahmed, Mohammed Yousuf, Rana Naved ul Hasan. Musthtaq Ahmed and Inzamam ul Haq also played for a short time at WAPDA.
The current coaches at WAPDA Amjad Saddiq and Zahid Umar deserve a mention as they have really helped me with my batting. Also Aamer Sohail and Naved Anjum have worked with me in the past and given me assistance on my batting.
As far as my batting style is concerned, I don't think I model my game on any particular player or copy anyone. I would say I have my own and unique style of batting.
The fastest bowler I have ever faced in cricket was Shoaib Akhtar. I faced him at his hostile best a few years ago and he was very fast and difficult to play.
The closest I have come to selection for the national team was when I played for an Emerging XI in Sri Lanka in a tri series tournament against the hosts and India. I was also selected to play for a Pakistan Academy team to play against a South African Academy team in 2005.
I have played league cricket in England and played in the Bradford League continually each summer for 6 seasons".