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    Talent Spotter: Haider Ali

    An extensive profile of an exciting young batsman from Attock, Haider Ali, who has garnered praise during Pakistan Under-19s' successful tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa.




    Full Name: Haider Ali

    Born: 2 Oct, 2000, Attock

    Major teams: Pakistan Under-19s

    Batting style: Right-handed Opening batsman

    Height: 6ft


    Interest in cricket and introduction to hard-ball cricket

    I started playing tape-ball cricket in Attock when I was fourteen which is a little late as compared to other players. My parents and other members of my family always encouraged me to play the game and so I was lucky that I've had that support throughout my career. In 2015, a cousin of mine recommended me to join Al Faisal Cricket Club in Attock where I first played proper hard-ball cricket. My association with the club lasted for two years.


    Playing Under-16 and Under-19 cricket for Rawalpindi Region

    I started playing Under-16 cricket in 2016 and then moved on to Under-19 for Rawalpindi region in 2017. In my first Under-19 season, I only played One-Day matches, scoring 221 runs in 8 games. In the following year, I once again played One-Day matches and top-scored for Rawalpindi Under-19s with 251 runs which lead to my name being added as a reserve player for the Pakistan Under-19 squad which took part in the Youth Under-19 Asia Cup, held in Bangladesh in September 2018. Although I was never called upon to play in the tournament, this inclusion gave me a lot of confidence.


    Experience of playing in the National T20 Cup alongside some top names in Pakistan cricket

    I was given an excellent opportunity as an Emerging player in the 2018 National T20 tournament where I played for Rawalpindi under the captaincy of Umar Amin. This was my first taste of a top-level tournament and the side also had Sami Aslam, Hammad Azam, Asif Ali and Sohail Tanvir in it so the experience of playing alongside such established players was also tremendous. It was also pleasing to hear some good things about my batting from these senior players which was very good for my confidence.


    Representing Pakistan on the Under-19 tour of Sri Lanka

    At the start of 2019, a high-performance camp was held at the NCA which lasted about a month. This camp featured the best players from the Pentangular Under-19 T20 Cup, and I was lucky to have been chosen for this opportunity to train at the NCA due to my performances for the Federal Areas team. After the camp concluded, I was listed in the probables for the upcoming Under-19 tour of Sri Lanka and I performed really well in the practice matches scoring two fifties in three games, which lead to my selection for the touring side.

    This was my first trip abroad to play top-level cricket, so I was understandably very nervous. But thanks to my exposure to good quality cricket alongside some very experienced cricketers in the National T20 tournament, I was able to counter any nerves during this tour. I was very grateful to the Almighty that I was able to perform well and ended up with the third-highest number of runs amongst batsmen from both teams with 214 runs to my name in 5 Youth ODI matches. I was really proud of the way our team played as a unit where we encouraged each other, especially given the fact that we were all very inexperienced.


    More success this time on the Under-19 tour of South Africa

    The tour of South Africa was a great experience for me and the type of pitches there suited my game which tends to be stroke-filled and played at a fast rate. Compared to pitches in Sri Lanka, the pitches in South Africa help fast-bowlers a lot as they are very bouncy in nature and I was well prepared for them based upon the advice of our coaches. The result of this preparation was that I was the third-highest run-getter from both sides with 317 runs which included a century as well. The result of the series was even more satisfying as we came away with a 7-0 win margin in the seven match series.


    Praise from South Africa Under-19’s bowling coach

    To be praised by the opposition bowling coach in a foreign country is indeed a great honour for me. South Africa Under-19s bowling coach, Chris van Noordwyk had stated that I was a batsman of international class and that praise gave me a lot of confidence and I am very thankful for his remarks.


    Preference to play as an opening batsman and Rohit Sharma as role model

    Whilst I have no issues playing at any position in the batting order based upon the side’s needs, my preference has always been to play as an opener, right from my Club cricket to Under-19 days. I love to play an aggressive form of cricket and I regard the pull, cut and drive as my staple shots.

    Rohit Sharma is my role model and that is purely due to the way he handles the best bowling attacks in the world with ease and his shot selection is something I admire a lot. I follow his progress all the time and watch his batting videos whenever I get time to do so.


    Looking forward to participation in the Under-19 World Cup in 2020

    The tournament to be held in South Africa in early 2020 is a huge goal for me and whilst there is still time before squads will be selected for the Under-19 World Cup, I am pleased that the coaches and selectors are very happy with my performance and I have a good chance of making that squad. Before that, in about a week, we will be called for another camp at the NCA to prepare for the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup which takes place in September of this year. I am hopeful that I will be selected for this tournament as good performances in this competition will definitely improve my chances for selection for the Under-19 World Cup.


    My only aim is to play for Pakistan

    I am committed towards one goal which is to play for Pakistan. To do that, I have to excel at the Under-19 level which is the stepping stone to my final destination. If I perform well, then more than likely, I will also get noticed by the PSL teams but that is not my aim at the moment.

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    Wow started at the age of 14, thats very late indeed.

    Really looking forward to his Pakistan debut. Probably 1-2 years away.

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    Is he being reviewed with the mindset of building the menís national team for the 2023 World Cup?

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    His date of birth is 2 Oct, 2000 i.e. he will be 19 years old on 2nd Oct , 2019.

    Will he still be able to play for Pak u19 in the 2019 U19 world cup?
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    The wave is coming, inshaAllah. Investment in structure pays off and they've barely scratched the surface.


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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymous_guy View Post
    His date of birth is 2 Oct, 2000 i.e. he will be 19 years old on 2nd Oct , 2019.

    Will he still be able to play for Pak u19 in the 2019 U19 world cup?
    Its an under 19 WC but as per ICC rule a player can participate before his 20th birthday, so practically its under 20 tournament.

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    I have watched 1 batting clip of his.

    And He looks really good.

    Better than Rohail.

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    Looks like a very level headed player despite of such high praises from the South African coach. We have had loads of talented players who lost their way, its about time we get a talented player with a mature head.


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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    Its an under 19 WC but as per ICC rule a player can participate before his 20th birthday, so practically its under 20 tournament.
    Actually its not U20 , but some complicated rule is there that player must not born before 1st of Sep to eligible to play for U19 , so that means Its U19.5 tournament. Haider Ali born after 1st Sep so he is OK to play.

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    I was given an excellent opportunity as an Emerging player in the 2018 National T20 tournament
    Didn't make the connection. Also played Pentangular Cup. Looking forward to his development.

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    These players need to come in now and get used to playing international cricket, havenít seen his stats but we need openers with a high strike rate

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    Good choice of batting role-model.

    This lad is very highly rated amongst the coaches in Pakistan cricket and definitely has the talent to succeed.

    I guess now it's all about hard work, improving and getting to that next level.



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    If he was third highest in SAF who was the highest from Pakistan. Looks like a good opener, should replace Fakhar at the top.
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    Excellent speaking to this young man - great to hear that he holds playing for Pakistan as a bigger goal and things like PSL are secondary to him.


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    Very excited to see his progress.

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    He needs to play domestic cricket. Maybe worth throwing in at international level if he has a good season.

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    Highest from Pakistan was rohail nazir

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    I think this kid is special, and PCB should take care of him as they did of Babar during his u16/u19 days.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    He needs to play domestic cricket. Maybe worth throwing in at international level if he has a good season.
    This. Many a player has been destroyed by introducing too early into international cricket. A season each of FC and List-A should be the bare minimum.


    In merit vs potential, potential usually causes the greatest heartbreak

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    Quote Originally Posted by asfandyar View Post
    This. Many a player has been destroyed by introducing too early into international cricket. A season each of FC and List-A should be the bare minimum.
    Will probably help his development. At international level if he was thrown straight in, 1 or 2 low scores and he would be called crap by people.

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    He should follow the same path as Babar azam, score runs in u19 WC and then score runs in first class and list A. This will lead him to direct national team.

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    Young batting sensation Haider aims to light up ACC U19 Asia Cup

    • Improvement of strike rate a key priority for the opening-batsman

    • The right-handed batsman aims to develop the art of crafting longer innings

    Lahore, 6 August 2019:

    With the ACC U19 Asia Cup 2019 around the corner, Pakistan opener Haider Ali is aiming better his scoring rate, while developing the art of crafting a longer innings. This, the Attock-born, believes will not only help him evolve into a reliable batsman, but also help the Pakistan side in putting big scores on the scoreboard.

    The 18-year-old had this realisation during Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka in June – where he failed to convert his fifties into centuries. This by no means is to say that the right-handed batsman had a poor outing, his 214 runs – which included his best score of 93 not out – at an average of 53.50 was the third best of the series.

    “Once an opener gets out early, the whole team gets under pressure,” said Haider. “The experience of working with the coaches at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and the U19 team has helped me in learning this art of prolonging stay at the wicket which reflected in my performances in the Sri Lanka and South Africa tours.

    The confidence gained by spending time at the crease in Sri Lanka helped the youngster during Pakistan’s tour of South Africa, which followed immediately, as he broke into three figures in the third of the seven one-dayers at Pietermaritzburg, scoring a 111-ball 116.

    He was the third highest run getter in the series with 317 runs, which also included two fifties.

    The preparations for the tour had commenced with advise from the coaches and keen video viewing of how the top international batsmen crafted their big innings. “I have observed how the greats of the game score fifties, and go on to convert them into centuries.”

    The 19-year-old believes Pakistan can win the upcoming ACC U19 Asia Cup 2019 with meticulous planning and hard work that is being done in the ongoing high performance camp at the NCA in Lahore.

    “The ongoing Pakistan U19 camp at the National Cricket Academy focuses on players’ fitness, nutrition, fielding and other departments. I am hopeful the Pakistan U19 team would perform well in the Asia Cup 2019 and the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2020.”



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    Is he 18 or 19? OP suggests 18, but Haider himself says 19.


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    Is there another Haider Ali that toured with Pak under 16 to Australia in 2015?

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    Haider hopes to provide opening spark for Pakistan at U-19 Asia Cup

    KARACHI: Haider Ali isn’t targeting any particular team at the Under-19 Asian Cup. Instead, the opener is looking to provide Pakistan with good starts at the tournament in Sri Lanka.

    “There is no pressure of playing against anyone be it India or any other team for that matter,” the 18-year-old right-hander from Attock told reporters here at the State Bank Sports Complex on Wednesday.

    “We are going to the U19 Asia Cup on the back of two series wins against Sri Lanka and South Africa so our preparation is good. The team that displays good cricketing skills will win.

    “The camp before the Sri Lanka series helped us to gel with each other which is why we won the series against the Islanders and South Africa. We have made two changes in the team and I believe that we have a good team combination at the moment.”

    Asked how the team plans to tackle the threat of batting collapses that cost the team at the last U19 Asia Cup, Haider said that the team has solid batsmen coming in at the late-middle order.

    “We have got a good batting line-up this time around. We have solid batsmen till 5th and 6th positions. The key element to any good batting performance is getting decent opening starts. If you can get them, you can capitalise on them later on in the innings,” said Ali.

    Haider said that he would bat as per the needs of the team. He was also very quick to point out his previous batting record in Sri Lanka.

    “I have performed really well in Sri Lanka in the past. I showed everyone what I am capable of achieving. My aim is to provide a good opening start to my team. I will try my best to win the Asia Cup single-handedly for my team,” said Haider.

    He also opened up about how he felt when his name was included in the reserves squad for the U19 Asia Cup.

    “People quit cricket when they are disheartened. I didn’t get disheartened when my name was included in the reserves for the U19 Asia Cup. Of course, when you perform well and your name doesn’t come up in the initial squad, it leaves you distraught. But, I have got time. I will try to play well and cement my place in the team,” added Haider.

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    im hoping he has a good tournament. need to bring him in asap.

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    The good thing about him is that he seems to have all the shots, he doesn't seem restricted like Fakhar. He can play the conventional shots like drives, pulls and cuts, and he can hit big. He seems like a 3 dimensional batsman.

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    Agar yeh 19 ka hai tou main 15 saal ka hun

    We're literally wasting U19 tournaments by playing overage players. There was a video on PCB's twitter account that featured a few of these U19 players, every single one of them appeared to be older than 20.


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    Haider Ali 26 today - poor performance in the tournament.


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    56* for Northern so far on his FC debut.


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    Muhammad Wasim is a decent fellow

    He will always give youngsters a chance be it for his old PTV team or now northern
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    56* for Northern so far on his FC debut.
    Against a decent bowling attack too. Good to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Muhammad Wasim is a decent fellow

    He will always gives youngsters a chance be it for his old PTV team or now northern
    Yet these three couldn't get a game, even for the 2nd XI:

    Zeeshan Malik
    Usama Mir
    Umair Masood

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Yet these three couldn't get a game, even for the 2nd XI:

    Zeeshan Malik
    Usama Mir
    Umair Masood
    He isn't the coach for 2nd team

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    He isn't the coach for 2nd team
    Players aren't fixed to the two teams. Wasim has first pick and can swap players around. Looking at the first XI, Zeeshan Malik should on merit easily make the First XI team.

    How about not playing Haris or Waqas? And playing Sohail Tanvir and Nawaz instead?

    Look, Wasim did a decent job at PTV particularly with grooming Saud for captaincy but he's made a lot of blunders this round. Here's hoping he corrects it. If he repeats them then I guess we will know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Players aren't fixed to the two teams. Wasim has first pick and can swap players around. Looking at the first XI, Zeeshan Malik should on merit easily make the First XI team.

    How about not playing Haris or Waqas? And playing Sohail Tanvir and Nawaz instead?

    Look, Wasim did a decent job at PTV particularly with grooming Saud for captaincy but he's made a lot of blunders this round. Here's hoping he corrects it. If he repeats them then I guess we will know...
    He has picked plenty of youngsters, more than all other 5 teams together. Afaq Raheem isn't a bad performer, Zeeshan Malik only averages 15 in FC
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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    He has picked plenty of youngsters, more than all other 5 teams together. Afaq Raheem isn't a bad perferomer, Zeeshan Malik only averages 15 in FC
    As I made clear, Wasim has done a decent job at giving chances to youngsters. But:
    (i) that doesn't mean he is beyond criticism
    (ii) nor does it mean he will necessarily continue in that vein.

    I very much hope he does, but only time will tell. Silence speaks volumes re your lack of response on Waqas/Haris and Nawaz/Tanvir.

    If you think Afaq Raheem is better than ZM then there is little point continuing this conversation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    56* for Northern so far on his FC debut.
    Good effort from him.

    High hopes of this lad.




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    Innings of 99 , excellent effort from him


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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Yet these three couldn't get a game, even for the 2nd XI:

    Zeeshan Malik
    Usama Mir
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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Innings of 99 , excellent effort from him
    Is he still batting on 99, or is he out now?


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    Out on 99

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    Chased a ball a foot outside off stump with zero feet movement and nicked off today in 1st innings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Chased a ball a foot outside off stump with zero feet movement and nicked off today in 1st innings.
    His 2nd fc game. Good thing is he is getting to play regular fc cricket so early on will aid his development. Looks at least 3-4 seasons away from getting a serious look for national selection hopefully the coach keeps faith in him and gives him the whole season.

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    84* for Haider in 1st innings for Northern vs Balochistan


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    Haider scores his 1st first-class hundred against Balochistan

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    His game is very likeable. Balance ,timing and a lot of time to play his shots.

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    NORTHERN VS BALOCHISTAN HAIDER ALI 100:

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    He's just quality. Seems to be going the Babar route. This level is not good enough for him.


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    We'll have to wait until Misbah resign as a coach otherwise he will never be selected over Shehzad/Azhar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    He's just quality. Seems to be going the Babar route. This level is not good enough for him.
    A very high praise. Let hope he continues this Inshallah and hopefully gets selected soon.

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    I have only been able to catch a few glimpses but he sure does enjoy smashing spinners

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fahdi View Post
    I have only been able to catch a few glimpses but he sure does enjoy smashing spinners
    His game against pace in equally good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    NORTHERN VS BALOCHISTAN HAIDER ALI 100:

    17 fours
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    122* at the moment.


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    A jubilant Haider Ali after scoring his maiden FC 100 in QeA 2019

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    The openers are doing really well this QeA. Some good prospects are Omair Bin Yousuf and Haider Ali. Also Abid Ali deserves to be in the test team.

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    Lahore, 6 October 2019:

    It was arguably for the first time in this four-day first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy that Northern were in a commanding position at the end of a day’s play when stumps were drawn on Saturday.

    Up against Balochistan, Northern, placed at the bottom of the table with 19 points, had an imposing 365 for five at the end of the round four’s first day’s play at Rawalpindi’s KRL Stadium.

    And, that it happened was primarily because of their opener Haider Ali.

    The 19-year-old Pakistan U19 opener is into his first first-class season. He was quick to leave a mark with a 99 in his side’s Quaid-e-Azam Trophy opener against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    Though, he had earned many praises for that innings, for Haider it was a classic case of being so close yet so far. He had to cross that line and have three digits next to his name on a scoresheet to well and truly announce himself.

    That moment came in his sixth first-class innings when he cracked a scintillating 147-ball 133, hitting 21 fours and two sixes, against Balochistan.

    Haider has progressed to the first-class level through PCB’s developmental programme. After taking up club cricket in 2015, Haider represented Rawalpindi in PCB-PEPSI Cricket Stars U16 Two Days Tournament, before featuring for the U19 teams of Attock and Rawalpindi.

    He broke into the Pakistan U19 side earlier this year during the tour of Sri Lanka in May and registered a half-century on debut with 51 off 65 balls.

    “I am extremely happy to have scored my first century in first-class cricket,” Haider said “This knock has provided me a lot of confidence. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a hundred in the first match against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but this is my first season and I am learning a lot from it.

    “I have been getting a lot of support from the support staff and the senior players in the side. They have told me to focus on my strengths and that is what I have been doing this season.”

    After Balochistan decided to contest the toss, Northern elected to bat and Haider got cracking early on. He negated every threat that the opposition bowlers posed, stroking his way to a brisk, yet measured century.

    Imran Farhat, the captain of Balochistan, said: “Haider played every ball on merit. I am impressed and feel he is a great prospect for Pakistan cricket.

    “We have a pretty strong bowling attack, but that did not deter him. He did not play any bad shots and worked the bowlers according to the demands of the game.

    “I enjoyed his knock thoroughly and it is after a long time that I saw a player of a decent calibre come through the ranks. When I shook hands with him after the match, I saw the talent in him.”

    Haider has been leading Northern’s batting from the front. He is the leading run-scorer from his side and fourth overall with 329 runs in six innings (stats updated till 5 October 2019).

    Speaking about the youngster’s knock, his captain Umar Amin said: “Haider’s innings was excellent. After we had elected to bat, Haider attacked the opposition’s bowlers and maintained a decent scoring rate, while opting for the best shots from his range of strokes.

    “He is a strokemaker and has all the shots in his repertoire. He has the potential to play quality cricket in the future. I personally enjoyed watching him bat.”

    With the 2020 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup around the corner, Pakistan have laid their hopes on the right-handed batsman to provide profound beginnings with the bat. And Haider promises to deliver what is expected of him.

    That he is featuring in first-class cricket and not ongoing U19 tournaments in a testimony of the fact that he has climbed another rung.

    To further consolidate his place amongst the top cricketers in the country, Haider has set himself a specific goal.

    “My goal is to finish the tournament amongst the top five run-getters,” he says, “and I am putting in all efforts to achieve it.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post

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    Just needs to work on the short bowl other then that a fine prospect. Got 50+ in this innings too.

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    400+ runs in this season so far with one hundred and 2 fifties. He is in top 3 highest run getter .hopefully will finish season in top 3

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    shouldve been tried during this series vs SL, yet some how misbah had the bright idea of playing selfie again...

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    Haider Ali scored 79 runs today for Northern in QEA round 5


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    Top run-getter for his side atm

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    I am more impressed with Zeeshan Malik currently, the guy can be a real great prospect in ODIs, great shot range and always tries to score big which means no brain freezer either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
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    Good numbers for the young man considering it's his first full season.

    High hopes of him and will improve.



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    He is breathing down Azhar's neck for the openers spot. Going by Azhar's international form, he won't last long. It's time Pakistan got a young, attacking opener for test match cricket.

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    In the emerging asia cup squad

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    Selected for 50-over ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019


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