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  1. #1
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    "I had to tell myself being in the same team as Kevin Pietersen was not a dream" : Hasan Khan

    Eighteen-year-old Hasan Khan's name came into the limelight after his fantastic performances during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League. The youngster from Karachi made his debut with the PSL a memorable one as he picked up nine wickets for the eventual runners-up, Quetta Gladiators.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Hasan spoke about his impressions of the PSL, his interaction with the legendary Viv Richards and Kevin Pietersen, the feeling of playing the PSL final in front of a home crowd and his future aspiration to play for Pakistan.





    PakPassion.net : Tell us a bit about your background and your interest in cricket?

    Hasan Khan : My interest in cricket was ignited from a young age thanks to my father who would take me to local cricket matches. Later on, I started my cricket in the Under-12s then I progressed to zonal cricket where I played for Karachi Zone Six and Karachi Zone Six Under-19s. I also had the honour of leading Karachi Zone Six Under-19s to some excellent victories in 2016. I am now awaiting my First-Class debut but thankfully, I have managed to achieve some milestones such as playing in the Pakistan One-Day Cup in 2016 and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2017.


    PakPassion.net : Which player is your role model?

    Hasan Khan : I don’t really have one player who I have followed or copied all my life but if there is one player that I admire for his fighting qualities, then it has to be our captain at Quetta Gladiators, Sarfraz Ahmed. Amongst spinners, I am very impressed by Iqbal Qasim who had been my mentor at the National Bank Cricket Academy. He guided and taught me a lot and for that I really appreciate him and hold him in high regard. To this day, I follow a lot of his advice and the results are there for all to see.


    PakPassion.net : What were your impressions of the PSL?

    Hasan Khan : First of all, I would like to thank the management of Quetta Gladiators for taking me on for this tournament and putting their trust in my abilities. As for the tournament, it was a great experience for me. Just the fact that I was sharing the dressing room with some top quality international players like Kevin Pietersen and my captain Sarfraz Ahmed was amazing. Sometimes, I had to tell myself that this was not a dream and that I was in the same team as Kevin Pietersen. I was practising and playing alongside such quality players which is something I couldn’t have dreamt of doing a few months back. Of course, the whole feel of being part of a high-quality tournament was an experience which I will also remember for a long time to come. For someone like me who is yet to play international cricket, this was as close to playing cricket at the top level as I have ever experienced and I loved it.


    PakPassion.net : What were your interactions with Kevin Pietersen and Viv Richards like?

    Hasan Khan : I felt very privileged to have had the chance to speak to both of these greats. Viv Richards is a legendary batsman and he spoke to all of us about how to tackle tough match situations and about the mental side of our game. He told all of us to have the belief in ourselves to take on any kind of opposition. His aim was to tell us that we had the ability to overcome any kind of hurdles as long as we stood together as a team and focused on our tasks.

    With Kevin Pietersen, he would talk to me during the game on the field where he would build my confidence and also advise me on where to bowl to certain batsmen and the type of field placings which were needed for my bowling. His advice wasn’t just limited to game time but he was also very active in helping out during practice which was great for a young player like me.


    PakPassion.net : You literally became famous overnight, how did that feel?

    Hasan Khan : To be honest before the tournament began, I was somewhat confident that I would do well but I didn’t expect to become so well-known, so it felt really good when that happened and it was like a dream come true. The challenge for me is to perform in the same way again and again so that people start to recognise my name even more than they do now after the PSL. I always intend to put in my hundred percent in every game and I do thank the Almighty for helping me succeed in the way I have done so far.


    PakPassion.net : Were you surprised at the faith shown in your abilities by Quetta Gladiators?

    Hasan Khan : It was extremely heartening for me to know that my captain Sarfraz Ahmed and coach Moin Khan had great trust in my skills. Throughout the tournament, both Sarfraz and Moin spoke with me to build my confidence. Not only did they encourage me to be myself, they also never put extra pressure on me at any point whether I was batting, bowling or fielding.


    PakPassion.net : How did it feel to be playing the PSL final in front of a home audience in Lahore?

    Hasan Khan : It was simply an incredible feeling. The support we had from our home crowd was something I had not seen or felt before. I felt proud of the fact that we were bringing this tournament back in front of our own people and I am sure they also felt pride for this event as well. I hope and pray that this is just the start of many more such occasions in the future.


    PakPassion.net : It must have been a little disappointing to not be on the winning side in the PSL final?

    Hasan Khan : There is no doubt that we were all disappointed to not have won the final after coming so far. However, what we were really happy and proud about was the manner in which we fought our way through some tough times in this tournament. We had some high scores to chase which we did to win and we fought back in what looked like some impossible situations. There was sadness that we couldn’t finish the job but then we had some problems like our main foreign players were missing so our team combination was affected by this.


    PakPassion.net : What was the most enjoyable part of your PSL experience?

    Hasan Khan : Apart from the fantastic organisation of this tournament, what was most enjoyable for me was the exposure that I got during these few weeks. I got to play in front of the television cameras which were showing these games worldwide and I was playing alongside and against some of the top world-class players. Whilst the best part of the PSL was my own tournament debut which I made against Lahore Qalandars where I picked up two wickets and also scored sixteen runs, in terms of the moment I enjoyed the most was when I took the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq. Since Misbah is one of the top batsmen from our country, his wicket really meant a lot to me. These are all great memories of my participation in the PSL and something I thoroughly enjoyed.


    PakPassion.net : Are there any areas of improvement in your bowling that you are looking to concentrate on in the future?

    Hasan Khan : One can never really stop learning in cricket and for me one area I want to work on a lot is to try and spin the ball much more than I do now. But then I want to be the complete package so apart from excelling in fielding, I also want to improve my batting, with the aim of becoming a good all-rounder as well.


    PakPassion.net : It must have been disappointing to miss out on for selection for the Pakistan Under-23 squad?

    Hasan Khan : First of all, I would like to congratulate Pakistan Under-23 team for reaching the final of the Emerging Teams Asia Cup. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed at not being picked for this tournament but as a cricketer, one has to be prepared for ups and downs in their career. Sometimes you get selected and at other times you are not picked due to reasons which are best known to the selectors. What I do believe is that all things happen for a reason so I am not too concerned. My job is continue working hard and in that sense, the upcoming Pakistan Cup is a perfect opportunity for me to perform well and impress selectors. I am looking forward to this tournament and my preparations are coming along well for this tournament.


    PakPassion.net : Are you worried that you will be termed a Limited Overs specialist due to your consistently good performances in such competitions?

    Hasan Khan : It is true that I have done well in the Limited Overs formats but like all other players, I also want to succeed in the longer format of the game as well. I want to perform in four-day games as well if given the chance but then my aim is to excel in any format that I play in.


    PakPassion.net : What are your aims for the future?

    Hasan Khan : My most immediate goal is to do well in the upcoming Pakistan Cup but beyond that, I would really like to be considered for Pakistan ‘A’ assignments. I know for that I have to work very hard and get myself noticed by the selectors and who knows that I may also be picked for the national squad in the future.


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  2. #2
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    Good young talented player,hopefully will have a bright future with both bat and bowl.

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    Very decent prospect and who knows we have another Shadab but not picked for for Emerging U23 Cup which is a huge miss.


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    Seems a well rounded player.

    Good luck to him.

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    Somehow I get this feeling that he's an overhyped ordinary player. Just hope that isn't the case because I hope a lot of Pak players make it big.

  6. #6
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    Nothing special.

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    Asghar definitely should be given a go before any other new spinner

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    Not as talented some of the other spinners in domestic cricket, but we all know that talent alone is not good enough to get you anywhere.


    Hum na hon hamare baad, Sarfraz Sarfraz

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    Definitely one to keep an eye on.

    Hopefully the PSL wasn't a flash in the pan.



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    Good work by Hasan today! Boy can bat for sure


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  11. #11
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    Has shots all around.

    Very handy capable batsman.

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    Pity I missed his innings.

    CD Bhaee kindly update.


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    Names are getting confusing for me.

    Hasan Khan, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan....... The first names and last names are too common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Pity I missed his innings.

    CD Bhaee kindly update.
    This boy should get consistent run in middle order. Batting way too low right now for his caliber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza_ View Post
    This boy should get consistent run in middle order. Batting way too low right now for his caliber.

    If I am in management I won't pick Aamer Yamin, Kamran Ghulam, Hasan Khan, Shadab Khan if they are going to bat any lower than number 7.

    Hasan Mohsin is also getting sickening treatment.


    We are dishonest, incompetent, egoistic, insecure, sick minded people. We believe in success by puncturing others or pressing them with our feet.


    Bismillah Khan is such an ordinary batsman. An average or below average batsman and he is batting at number 4. Why ? Is he eyeing pak spot ? He should be batting at number 9.


    An opener with 2 double centuries out of 3 isn't picked by sick managements and insecure captains friends of insecure openers while a good enough yet 11 averaging opener is picked.


    Some fans are so sick mentally that they want to see batsman who can cut and pull hook in order to fulfil their addictions and tastes rather than having broad perspective of what's good for the team.


    3 best under 24 batsman including 2 openers aren't even in the squad. Best under 23 left hand batsman of the entire nation isn't even getting oppurtunity in playing eleven as if others are Kohli, AB, Rohit, De Cock.


    No merit. No eye.


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    If he is really good, I hope he finds an IPL team some day. Rashid Khan and Nabi are living their dream, so can Hasan. Good luck to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    If I am in management I won't pick Aamer Yamin, Kamran Ghulam, Hasan Khan, Shadab Khan if they are going to bat any lower than number 7.

    Hasan Mohsin is also getting sickening treatment.


    We are dishonest, incompetent, egoistic, insecure, sick minded people. We believe in success by puncturing others or pressing them with our feet.


    Bismillah Khan is such an ordinary batsman. An average or below average batsman and he is batting at number 4. Why ? Is he eyeing pak spot ? He should be batting at number 9.


    An opener with 2 double centuries out of 3 isn't picked by sick managements and insecure captains friends of insecure openers while a good enough yet 11 averaging opener is picked.


    Some fans are so sick mentally that they want to see batsman who can cut and pull hook in order to fulfil their addictions and tastes rather than having broad perspective of what's good for the team.


    3 best under 24 batsman including 2 openers aren't even in the squad. Best under 23 left hand batsman of the entire nation isn't even getting oppurtunity in playing eleven as if others are Kohli, AB, Rohit, De Cock.


    No merit. No eye.
    A batsman should be able to cut and pull. But this is lad looks good, Shadab also looks very good batsman actually better than Hassan.

    Hassan should come ahead of Imad Wasim and Zohaib in next match.

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    Is he the same boy who use to captain Beaconhouse school ?boy that lad could bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamza_ View Post
    A batsman should be able to cut and pull. But this is lad looks good, Shadab also looks very good batsman actually better than Hassan.

    Hassan should come ahead of Imad Wasim and Zohaib in next match.

    Mohammad Yousuf could not Cut, could not pull, could not hook.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Mohammad Yousuf could not Cut, could not pull, could not hook.
    You need to be able to hook and play such shots these days. Most top teams players can play these shots.

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    Gets Khurram Manzoor in first over.

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    He is good but ultimately he is competing for the same spot as Imad and Shadab and Nawaz. Considering all three are young, getting into the team will be an uphill task for him. He needs to focus on his batting and try to rack up big scores in F/C cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Mohammad Yousuf could not Cut, could not pull, could not hook.
    Lol what?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    He is good but ultimately he is competing for the same spot as Imad and Shadab and Nawaz. Considering all three are young, getting into the team will be an uphill task for him. He needs to focus on his batting and try to rack up big scores in F/C cricket.
    This.

    Needs to focus on batting, We already have too many left armers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Pity I missed his innings.

    CD Bhaee kindly update.
    I didn't watch. Tag me next time lol. Won't pick this up every time.


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    I have a soft spot for this guy. I hope he makes it big one day.


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