Nasir Malik is a 19 year old left arm medium fast bowler from the Rawalpindi fast bowling production line. Nasir's only played four first class matches for Rawalpindi, but he's already caught the eye by picking up 21 wickets in those four matches at 21.57 apiece.
Nasir Malik is a 19 year old left arm medium fast bowler from the Rawalpindi fast bowling production line.
Nasir's only played four first class matches for Rawalpindi, but he's already caught the eye by picking up 21 wickets in those four matches at 21.57 apiece.
In the ongoing match against Sui Gas, Nasir picked up 3 first innings wickets and also scored a useful 36 runs, batting at number 9.
PakPassion caught up with the Rawalpindi coach Sabih Azhar, to get the lowdown on Nasir.
"Nasir is a very good young cricketer. He's hitting between 84 and 86 mph, is a very good fielder and is very useful with the bat. He's the quickest of our young bowlers at Rawalpindi, is very consistent and a quick learner." added Sabih.
Nasir toured Zimbabwe with the Pakistan under 19s last year, but unfortunately did not make the Under 19 World Cup squad that did so well in New Zealand.
"He's done very well at inter district level and at Under 19 level and we feel that this season could be a big one for Nasir. He's a very good prospect and has all the ingredients to become a regular in the Pakistan lineup in future, if he continues to develop, work hard and has a bit of luck", continued Sabih.
It's the teenager's first full domestic season and naturally the comparison with another Rawalpindi left arm speedster, Mohammad Amir will be made. However Sabih felt that it would be wholly unfair to compare Nasir with Amir.
"Amir was a one-off, he was exceptional. I could see that he would be a world class bowler the first time I saw Amir bowl. Nasir can become a very good bowler. Already in the few matches he has played, he has impressed everyone. He's raw, inexperienced, but I see something in him, stated Sabih who has nurtured talent such as Shoaib Akhtar, Yasir Arafat, Umar Amin, Sohail Tanvir amongst others.
"There are areas of Nasir's game that will improve with experience. He can swing the ball both ways, bowls at good pace and he will develop with time. There are a lot of positives regarding his bowling and my advice to him at the moment is to be patient, as he wants to bowl six different deliveries every over. His bowling will no doubt improve and mature once he's played on differing surfaces and encountered different types of batsmen."
"We have high hopes of Nasir and all of us at Pindi hope that he can become another of the Rawalpindi pace bowlers who go on to represent Pakistan."
Hopefully we will shortly be receiving video footage of both Nasir Malik and his pace bowling partner Sadaf Hussain. Once it's received we will of course add it to the site.