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    "Shadab Khan is good enough to be in the Test squad" : Dean Jones

    The extraordinary rise to fame of the eighteen-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan on the back of an outstanding PSL and two back-to-back Man-of-the-Match winning performances in the T20I series against the West Indies has surprised many. However, Shadab's talent and great start for Pakistan is no surprise for his Islamabad United Coach Dean Jones.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Jones spoke about the qualities which make Shadab Khan a stand-out talent, areas that the Islamabad coaches worked upon with Shadab and put forward a case for his inclusion in the Pakistan Test squad for the ongoing tour against the West Indies.





    PakPassion.net : Are you surprised with the impact Shadab Khan has had in his first two matches for Pakistan?

    Dean Jones : No, I am not. I always thought that he could do well. He is an interesting player to coach and I have said this before as well, that for an eighteen-year-old-kid he has the head of a thirty-year-old on him. He thinks about what the opposition players are about to do and most importantly, he is prepared to listen which is not what kids tend to do first-up. He has pretty much hit the ground running and yes, he will get whacked a few times in his career but Pakistan have something special there; they have a special kid and that’s for sure.


    PakPassion.net : At eighteen he has no pressure and I guess no fear of failure. That must surely help him?

    Dean Jones : A lot of people don’t like eighteen or nineteen year olds playing international cricket. This is definitely the case in Australia with a few exceptions of course like Darren Lehmann. No one expects youngsters at the age of fifteen to win Olympic gold medals as when you put too much pressure on kids like that then they can get hurt, but they still win those medals. But Shadab is different, he is mature beyond his years.


    PakPassion.net : Which areas of weakness were identified when he was working with you at Islamabad United?

    Dean Jones : He did come in with a few technical difficulties with his action and run-up, and we helped him with it during the PSL. We spoke with him about, and gave examples of Shane Warne, whom he admires a lot. We also mentioned the technique of Mushtaq Ahmed to him as well. Then we also brought up the name of Stuart Macgill to show him how all of these spinners got close to the crease. We asked him to adjust his bowling and told him that his landing zones needed to be different and better so that he could get batsmen out with his leg-breaks instead of the wrong'uns which he was relying on a lot more before his stint at the PSL. The fact that is he is now bowling on the off and middle stump line and the batsmen aren’t picking him at all. Initially, he was bowling wide off the crease, almost six inches to a foot wide, to try and get batsmen out using his wrong’un all the time. By doing this, in my view, he was selling himself short. So, we had to get him to straighten his run-up a bit so that he could land the ball on the middle-stump and off stump after which the ball would turn or not depending on conditions. To achieve this, we had to get him to train on special ‘dance’ steps to accustom himself to a straightened run-up. These were dance steps marked on the carpet of his hotel room so that he could practice before going to sleep and within a week or so, he was all set with this revised run-up and ready to go. He went from an Abdul Qadir type approach to the crease to a much straighter one now. He is certainly not averse to changing his technique and take a few risks along the way which is great.


    PakPassion.net : It's great for Pakistan cricket that he is much more than just a leg-spinner?

    Dean Jones : We admire and talk about his bowling, but it's worth mentioning that he is probably the best fieldsman in the Pakistan side at the moment. On top of that, he can bat too and some of those sixes he hit over cover in Dubai during the PSL were just breathtaking. These are the skills which make him the complete package.


    PakPassion.net : What's Shadab like in the dressing room?

    Dean Jones : I wouldn’t call him an introvert but he is a little shy and careful about the people around him. The main thing is that when he gets the ball in his hand, he knows exactly what he has to do. Now for a kid who hasn’t played that much cricket yet, it is amazing to see how he just seems to know where to bowl and has the confidence to back it up. I have no idea where that quality comes from but the guy is a genius.


    PakPassion.net : What were your first impressions of Shadab when you saw him at practice?

    Dean Jones : The very first time Wasim Akram and I saw Shadab in the nets, we looked at each other and said this boy is pure gold. We also had former Pakistan off-spinner Tauseef Ahmed to help him out which worked well. In a way, we just opened the gates of the ground for Shadab to play on and whilst he only trusts certain people about advice on his technique, we have now got him into an area where he is very very good.


    PakPassion.net : Now that he has been successful in T20Is and also picked for the ODI squad, there is talk of him being picked for the Test squad. What are your thoughts on that?

    Dean Jones : That would be fantastic news if he is picked for the Test squad and why not. Let’s get him in there, he's good enough. Look it's possible he may not do too well in there initially but on the other hand, he may well be very successful. I would hate to pigeon hole someone like Shadab as a specialist Twenty20 or One-Day cricketer if he can play all forms of the game. Obviously, it puts pressure on Yasir Shah whose fielding hasn’t been that good of late and he hasn’t made many runs as well and most importantly, he does not have a wrong’un like Shadab does. So, Shadab may not have the control that Yasir does but he is definitely someone who can be worked upon to improve in this area. The current tour of West Indies is just the type of a nice development Test tour, unlike those of England or Australia, where if given a chance we can find out where he’s at with his game. It is possible that someone will break him in Tests as he is worked out by the opposition but then we can always put the pieces together for him but frankly speaking, we don’t have to do too much as he is pretty good now.


    PakPassion.net : Given his current success and potential ability to play in leagues around the world, what should Shadab’s priority be?

    Dean Jones : If I were in his shoes, I would avoid playing too much Twenty20 cricket. Having said that, I would love him to play the BBL so that he can get some experience of playing in Australia. It’s not just about playing in leagues but about travelling and learning to stay away from home, learning to find new friends and that kind of stuff. He seems to have a good manager and a good bunch of people who can work with him. All in all, we just need to make sure we don’t flog him too hard, too early. But then, it also depends on how his Test experience goes. If all of a sudden, he starts to do well in Tests then that cancels out his involvement with a lot of the Twenty20 leagues. What he needs to do now is work on his fitness and also develop his batting as well. He has the ability to bat as we saw in the PSL where some of the sixes he hit were simply mind boggling. Also, in terms of attitude, all the boys love him in the team as he is a quiet and humble kid which is really nice. To me, he is a wonderful product of Pakistan cricket.


    PakPassion.net : Many other youngsters have come and gone in Pakistan cricket but is Shadab Khan the real deal?

    Dean Jones : He is the real deal for sure but it is imperative that such talented young kids have mentors around them who they can trust and work with. More importantly, the mentors have to be available to advise Shadab 24x7 as things can happen at any time of the day or night. This kind of support is important to steer these kids away from others who can tempt them to do silly and stupid things. All I can say is that you can have all the money in the world but what it comes down to is the respect that you get from people when you walk into a room based upon what you have done as a cricketer. We see that in the case of players like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed where the whole world admires them for their cricketing achievements. Let me assure you that they would have much more fun taking 5fers and winning World Cups for their country then having five million dollars in their personal bank accounts.


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    This is one heck of an endorsement from someone who has worked closely with him.

    Amazing stuff about this young man - genius as DJ puts it.


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    Great interview with Jones and loved the insight.

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    WOW!! - I like the attention to details by DJ, looks like he worked a lot on him, he just talked about Shadab in this whole interview ?

    I want Shadab in test squad,not just squad but playing atleast one test now on this tour, not year from now...


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    How will Yasir Shah take the inclusion of Shadab in test squad if this happened? Yasir Shah has not played much international cricket yet. I think its better for Shadab to concentrate 1 more year in ODIs and T20s before including him in test squad.

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    Did anyone on pp notice the change in Shadab khans run up, getting closer to crease and landing areas??? I know there's many knowledgeable people here

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    Quote Originally Posted by ataullah View Post
    Did anyone on pp notice the change in Shadab khans run up, getting closer to crease and landing areas??? I know there's many knowledgeable people here
    That's what Tauseef, Dean Jones and Wasim Akram worked with him on.



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    Can Dean Jones get him contract at BBL ? That's a million dollar question ....

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    "Pure Gold" . . . !!

    Only advice to the 18 year old Shadab Khan is . .

    There is a complex world out there . . and with a realm of opportunities opening in front of him, and a lot of money waiting, this world will try to corrupt him . .

    Keep your feet on the ground . . work hard! work smart! be humble! and be hungry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by notAgainPlease View Post
    Can Dean Jones get him contract at BBL ? That's a million dollar question ....
    the way he's going, BBL, RamSlam, Natwest t20 blast, all will contact him themselves

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    Quote Originally Posted by notAgainPlease View Post
    Can Dean Jones get him contract at BBL ? That's a million dollar question ....
    Why suggesting ways to end his career in 2 years? If he goes to BBL, on those AUS concrete slabs, he'll go for plenty - result is stop flighting the ball, bowl faster sliders & try to become 18 (12) batsman. If anything, PCB should block him playing any T20, apart from PSL (with compensation).

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    Quote Originally Posted by notAgainPlease View Post
    Can Dean Jones get him contract at BBL ? That's a million dollar question ....
    He will be playing in the BBL that is for sure.

    His manager has very close links to the BBL.



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    Quote Originally Posted by NauV View Post
    "Pure Gold" . . . !!

    Only advice to the 18 year old Shadab Khan is . .

    There is a complex world out there . . and with a realm of opportunities opening in front of him, and a lot of money waiting, this world will try to corrupt him . .

    Keep your feet on the ground . . work hard! work smart! be humble! and be hungry!
    Well so far he's making the right decisions - has opted for a non-Pakistani agent/manager who is very experienced.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    He will be playing in the BBL that is for sure.

    His manager has very close links to the BBL.
    scheduling may get in the way of that


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    Quote Originally Posted by pakistanigoneaussie View Post
    scheduling may get in the way of that
    Yes, same as any other Pakistani player and of course depends on which formats he is picked for by PCB.



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    Its amazing how deano and co helped sort out issues with his run up .

    Really makes you wonder what sort of incompetent coaches we have at the domestic setup and with the NCA.

    Thats the place to invest

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    Fantastic insights from Jones.

    The dance step thing is very innovative and I'm glad it worked out for Shadab.

    Also great to see that this is a nice, humble kid as opposed to being a cocky one. A humble individual who can still show aggression on the field (where it matters) is exactly what we need.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Why suggesting ways to end his career in 2 years? If he goes to BBL, on those AUS concrete slabs, he'll go for plenty - result is stop flighting the ball, bowl faster sliders & try to become 18 (12) batsman. If anything, PCB should block him playing any T20, apart from PSL (with compensation).
    +1 to this.

    We have a serious player in our hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ethan hunt View Post
    Its amazing how deano and co helped sort out issues with his run up .

    Really makes you wonder what sort of incompetent coaches we have at the domestic setup and with the NCA.

    Thats the place to invest
    NCA is a holiday camp not an elite cricketing environment.

    Most of the coaches there have been at the NCA for many years doing nothing.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    NCA is a holiday camp not an elite cricketing environment.

    Most of the coaches there have been at the NCA for many years doing nothing.
    I think Mushtaq Ahmed has done reasonably well with Shadab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza_ View Post
    I think Mushtaq Ahmed has done reasonably well with Shadab.
    Yes he deserves credit but he's not been there long. I'm referring to the regular coaches there who have been there for years.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Yes he deserves credit but he's not been there long. I'm referring to the regular coaches there who have been there for years.
    Totally agree on that.

    To your point, I will like to mention to you name of Nauman Anwar who seemed a promising batsman until his stance was messed up by our coaches.

    Players can actually regress by this sort of coaching, We do need quality in coaching and guidance to produce quality players.

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    The point that DJ made about mentors - is so crucial that I wish I could pick up the phone and drum it into the PCB's head!

    He is doing well and getting praise from all. At one point there is a chance that it may go into his head and those "stupid and silly" temptations may come into play

    We need to mentor him 24x7 and watch him like a hawk.


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    Don't think Deano is aware of Zafar and Asghar.

    Two of the best performers in FC and deserve to be ahead of Shadab.


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    Throw him in let's see what he can do at test level. No harm in trying him.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barragan View Post
    Don't think Deano is aware of Zafar and Asghar.

    Two of the best performers in FC and deserve to be ahead of Shadab.
    If I'm going to have a spinner in my team, I'd go with a leggie who can bat.

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    lovely to see a young leggi getting the attention he deserves

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    If we try to mentor him too much Pakistan will ruin him like we ruin everything. Talent in our country is best served raw. He needs to work with a select few coaches while everyone else should leave him well alone. God forbid someone like Aqib Javed gets his hands on Shadab.

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    I think you can nominate him in test squad but not include him in playing 11. Don't let others to judge him easily in CT2017. He can be Pakistan's trump card in that tournament. Play him rationally what you do with yasir shah in 2015.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitthestump View Post
    If we try to mentor him too much Pakistan will ruin him like we ruin everything. Talent in our country is best served raw. He needs to work with a select few coaches while everyone else should leave him well alone. God forbid someone like Aqib Javed gets his hands on Shadab.
    He is talking about the mental side of things. An advisor. I do believe Amir would have been in a different situation today if that had been done for him in 2010.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    If I'm going to have a spinner in my team, I'd go with a leggie who can bat.
    I wouldn't care about their spin style, as long as they are quality.

    Both Zafar and Asghar are quality.

    Yeah, leggies do extract more spin and have more bite to them, but Shadab needs experience of playing 4-day cricket, before venturing into Test cricket.


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    No player has made his T20I debut with so much success as Shadab Khan of Pakistan. The leg-spinner has picked up seven wickets in his first two T20 internationals and led Pakistan to victory in both matches against West Indies. He was handed his debut in March in the first T20 international in which he picked up three wickets for seven runs. He picked two wickets in his first over itself. The debut performance was no fluke as he led Pakistan to second straight win in the second match, picking up four wickets.

    The 18-year-old had impressed one and all with his performance and before this the spinner had impressed coaches in the Pakistan Super League. Dean Jones and Wasim Akram, coaches of the Islamabad United, for which Shadab played, were impressed by him.

    “The very first time Akram and I saw Shadab in the nets, we looked at each other and said, ‘this boy is pure gold’,” Jones told PakPassion. “He is an interesting player to coach and I have said this before as well, that for an 18-year-old-kid he has the head of a 30-year-old on him. He has pretty much hit the ground running and yes, he will get whacked a few times in his career but Pakistan have something special there.”

    “He did come in with a few technical difficulties with his action and run-up, and we helped him with it during the PSL. We spoke with him about, and gave examples of Shane Warne, whom he admires a lot. We also mentioned the technique of Mushtaq Ahmed to him as well. Then we also brought up the name of Stuart MacGill to show him how all of these spinners got close to the crease,” he said.

    Shadab’s success has been mainly because of his wrong’un which troubled the batsmen in West Indies and also in the PSL. Most batsmen failed to pick it up and were either bowled or struck on the pads.

    “We had to get him to straighten his run-up a bit to achieve this, we had to get him to train on special ‘dance’ steps to accustom himself to a straightened run-up. These were dance steps marked on the carpet of his hotel room so that he could practice before going to sleep and within a week or so, he was all set with this revised run-up and ready to go. He went from an Abdul Qadir type approach to the crease to a much straighter one now,” Jones added

    http://indianexpress.com/article/spo...medium=twitter
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    Former Test batsman Dean Jones believes Pakistan have unearthed a "special" talent in Shadab Khan, a teenage leg-spinner who idolises Australia captain Steve Smith.

    The 18-year-old stormed into record books last week with a stunning debut against the West Indies, picking up seven wickets in his first eight overs of international cricket.

    In Pakistan's T20 series opener in Barbados on Wednesday, Shadab collected 3-7 from four overs to notch the most economical figures on international debut in the shortest format. He showed it was no fluke in the second T20, taking 4-14 to win a second-straight player-of-the-match award

    While he grew up trying to emulate spin king Shane Warne, as a promising batsman and electric fieldsman as well, Shadab models his game more on current Australia skipper Smith, who began his international career as a specialist leggie. But a chance first encounter in a hotel elevator with the world's best batsman in Dubai, where Australia's preparations for their Test tour of India overlapped with the PSL in February, didn't quite go to plan.

    "I didn't know what to talk to him as I was lost in his coolness," Shadab told ESPN of his fleeting lift ride with Smith. "By the time I could realise, the lift ride was over and he walked away, and that's it. "But I want him to recognise me one day.

    " Shadab earnt his maiden international call-up on the back of a strong campaign for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. And Jones, who spent his second season as coach of Islamabad after leading them to the inaugural PSL title in 2016, recalled how he and Pakistan great Wasim Akram knew they'd witnessed a prodigious talent the first time they saw him bowl.

    "The very first time (fellow Islamabad mentor) Wasim Akram and I saw Shadab in the nets, we looked at each other and said, 'This boy is pure gold'," Jones told PakPassion.

    "He is an interesting player to coach and I have said this before as well, that for an 18-year-old-kid he has the head of a 30-year-old on him.

    "He has pretty much hit the ground running and yes, he will get whacked a few times in his career but Pakistan have something special there."

    Shadab's maiden PSL campaign yielded nine wickets at less than 20, with an impressive economy rate of 6.61, and his variations troubled a number of international stars. His wrong'un in particular proved a threat, with the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Babar Azam falling victim to it, while he also picked up the key scalps of Kumar Sangakkarra and Eoin Morgan during the competition.

    His lower-order hitting was an additional bonus for Islamabad, notching a best of 42 from 24 balls against Lahore while he finished with a team-high strike-rate of 160.97.

    Jones also recounted how he urged Shadab to channel the likes of Australia wrist-spinners Warne and Stuart MacGill, and revealed a unique method that helped to alter his approach to the bowling crease.

    "He did come in with a few technical difficulties with his action and run-up, and we helped him with it during the PSL," the 52-Test former batsman said.

    "We spoke with him about, and gave examples of Shane Warne, whom he admires a lot.

    "We also mentioned the technique of Mushtaq Ahmed to him as well. Then we also brought up the name of Stuart MacGill to show him how all of these spinners got close to the crease."

    "We had to get him to straighten his run-up a bit … to achieve this, we had to get him to train on special 'dance' steps to accustom himself to a straightened run-up.

    "These were dance steps marked on the carpet of his hotel room so that he could practice before going to sleep and within a week or so, he was all set with this revised run-up and ready to go.

    "He went from an Abdul Qadir type approach to the crease to a much straighter one now."

    http://www.cricket.com.au/news/shada...ram/2017-04-02
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    ‘Pure gold’: Jones praises Shadab’s genius

    Pakistan leg-spinner Shadab Khan has become the darling of cricket lovers since his debut performances against the West Indies in the ongoing T20I series and Islamabad United coach Dean Jones — the team for which the 18-year-old’s talent came to the fore in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) — is also all-praise for the youngster.

    Shadab claimed a match-winning three-for and a four-for in his first two T20Is for the tourists against the Caribbean giants. Meanwhile, in the third T20I, which Pakistan lost by seven wickets, he bagged figures of 1-38 in 3.5 overs.

    And Jones, when asked about the teenager’s persona off the field, told PakPassion: “I wouldn’t call him an introvert but he is a little shy and careful about the people around him. The main thing is that when he gets the ball in his hand, he knows exactly what he has to do. Now for a kid who hasn’t played that much cricket yet, it is amazing to see how he just seems to know where to bowl and has the confidence to back it up. I have no idea where that quality comes from but the guy is a genius.”

    ‘Pure gold’

    Shadab had represented Pakistan with the A team, however, his moment to shine came when he was drafted in the squad by Islamabad as a reserve player for PSL2.

    Jones, when asked to recall Shadab’s first impression on him, said the “boy” came off as “pure gold”.

    “The very first time [Islamabad United director of cricket] Wasim Akram and I saw Shadab in the nets, we looked at each other and said this boy is pure gold,” reminisced Jones. “We also had former Pakistan off-spinner Tauseef Ahmed to help him out, which worked well.”

    ‘Complete package’

    Shadab also showcased his batting skills in the PSL2 with 42 off just 24 against Lahore Qalandars during group matches and Jones believes the 18-year-old is one of the few complete packages discovered by Pakistan because he can field well too.

    “We admire and talk about his bowling, but it’s worth mentioning that he is probably the best fielder in the Pakistan side at the moment,” said Jones. “On top of that, he can bat too and some of those sixes he hit over cover in Dubai during the PSL were just breath-taking. These are the skills which make him the complete package.”

    Technical cleansing

    Shadab’s claim to fame is the googly which he bowls with utter perfection and control and that too more often than expected to bamboozle the batsmen, however, the Australian legend revealed that it was not effective until the Islamabad United team management worked on the leggie’s action and run-up.

    “He did come in with a few technical difficulties with his action and run-up and we helped him with it during the PSL,” said Jones. “We asked him to adjust his bowling and told him that his landing zones needed to be different and better so that he could get batsmen out with his leg-breaks instead of the wrong’uns which he was relying on a lot more before his stint at the PSL.”

    So what were the faults in his bowling techniques? “He now bowls on the off and middle-stump line and the batsmen aren’t picking him at all. Initially, he was bowling wide off the crease, almost six inches to a foot wide, to try and get batsmen out using his wrong’un all the time. We had to get him to straighten his run-up a bit.”

    And how did he improve that? “We had to get him to train on special ‘dance’ steps to accustom himself to a straightened run-up. These were dance steps marked on the carpet of his hotel room so that he could practice before going to sleep and within a week or so, he was all set with this revised run-up and ready to go.”

    Test call

    After such a tremendous debut, the talks of trying Shadab in the Test squad have already started making it to the discussion circles and Jones has said yes to the idea.

    “That would be fantastic news if he is picked for the Test squad and why not?” asked Jones. “Let’s get him in there, he’s good enough. Look it’s possible he may not do too well in there initially but on the other hand, he may be very successful.”

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/1372253...hadabs-genius/


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    There is a new teenage spinner on the international cricket scene who is making his mark.


    Wasim Akram and Dean Jones referred to him as "pure gold" when they first saw teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan bowl.

    Now the 18-year-old Pakistani tweaker is beginning to make his mark globally, baffling batsmen with his guile and spin.

    Khan made his international debut in last week's T20 series against the West Indies, capturing 10 wickets against the world champions before being named player of the series.

    His main attacking weapon is the googly - a delivery that spins from the off side towards leg - baffling batsmen expecting the ball to turn the other way.

    "I know my googlies are getting famous, but that's not the only one," Shadab told Associated Press from Guyana on Monday. "I really work hard on leg-spin and flippers too and will try to be the best in all three varieties."

    Shadab caught the eye of the senior national selectors when he played in the Pakistan Super League for defending champions Islamabad United - led by Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

    He took nine wickets in eight matches and was rewarded for his efforts by being fast-tracked into the Pakistan limited-overs squad for the series against the West Indies.

    Pakistan's limited-overs captain Sarfraz Ahmed expects Shadab to play Test cricket in the near future if he continues his rapid progression.

    "I believe that if I put in more hard work, I will definitely get more rewards in international cricket," Shadab said.

    A reluctant spinner, Shadab comes from Mianwali which is also the home town of Misbah and Pakistan's World Cup-winning skipper Imran Khan.

    In 2010, he shifted to Rawalpindi, the hometown of another Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, and like millions of Pakistani youngsters his first love was pace bowling.

    It was only when he was at the Siddique Akbar Club in Rawalpindi that he was spotted by the club's president Sajjad Ahmed, who encouraged him to try wrist spin.

    "When I started playing club cricket I used to be a fast bowler," Shadab said. "But then our president of the club told me to start bowling leg-spin and I started working hard on this art."

    Ahmed said he immediately knew Shadab had the talent to play at the highest level.

    "He worked hard and I knew that he would get his chance at international level," Ahmed told the AP.

    It wasn't long before others began to think the same. In 2015, Shadab was part of the Pakistan Under-17 team which played against England in the United Arab Emirates. He took 10 wickets in four one-day games.

    Last year, he was the joint leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets at the Under-19 World Cup.

    He was promoted to the Pakistan A team and made his first class debut against Sri Lanka, scoring 48 runs and taking five wickets. Then he followed that by taking 14 wickets and hitting 132 runs in the series against Zimbabwe A.

    Shadab has been fine-tuning his skills under the guidance of United's coaches Dean Jones and Wasim Akram and also with Mushtaq Ahmed at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore.

    "I used to bowl wide of the crease and later I was taught by Dean Jones which has benefited me a lot."

    Former Australian international batsman Jones said he could not be more impressed by Shadab's attributes.

    "The very first time Akram and I saw Shadab in the nets, we looked at each other and said, 'this boy is pure gold'," Jones told www.PakPassion.net.

    "He is an interesting player to coach and I have said this before as well, that for an 18-year-old-kid he has the head of a 30-year-old on him.

    "He has pretty much hit the ground running and yes, he will get whacked a few times in his career but Pakistan have something special there."
    Source: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2...-turning-heads
    Last edited by Varun; 4th April 2017 at 07:51.

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    I have a feeling that this lad will hit the ground running in Test cricket also.

    Spins it a lot, both ways, good variety.

    Could be a nightmare for batsmen.



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    Deano is right.
    Bowling mai to koi doubt hai nai and in batting I see long future partnerships of Sarfi and Shady.
    Ace all rounder.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Why suggesting ways to end his career in 2 years? If he goes to BBL, on those AUS concrete slabs, he'll go for plenty - result is stop flighting the ball, bowl faster sliders & try to become 18 (12) batsman. If anything, PCB should block him playing any T20, apart from PSL (with compensation).
    Ridiculous! Sliders should be an integral part of any leggie now.

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    And he makes his Test debut today!


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    Interesting how players Deano coaches do well and Aaqibs players regress.

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