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    [VIDEOS] Talent Spotter: Akif Javed

    A profile of an exciting young fast-bowler from Karak, who put in some impressive displays for Balochistan recently in the National T20 Cup.


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    Name: Akif Javed

    Born: October 10, 2000, Karak

    Major teams: Balochistan

    Batting style: Right-hand bat

    Bowling style: Left-arm medium-fast

    Height: 6ft 1in


    Interest in cricket

    Karak is not that well developed as a town and the facilities aren’t that great for playing cricket, so all I could do was play tennis ball cricket in the streets in my area and I did excel in that style of cricket. A friend advised me to pursue a career in cricket, so I started to think along those lines. But I had a problem; as a family, we weren’t that well-off and I used to help my late father run a small shop in our area. I had to hide my love for the game from my father and used to play cricket without telling him. I am always thankful to The Almighty that He helped me through my tough times to pursue my passion for cricket.


    A late introduction to hard-ball cricket in 2018

    I played no hard-ball cricket due to the fact that I could not leave Karak because of my family’s financial problems, but in 2018, I got a chance to participate in trials for Karachi Kings held in Dera Ismail Khan for the 2019 edition of the PSL. I had seen the announcement on Facebook and this was my first proper experience with hard-ball cricket so I went there and my bowling was clocked at 145 KpH. Seeing that I could do so well with the hard-ball in hand, I started to feel that I should now start playing this form of cricket.


    Disappointment of missing out on PSL in 2019

    Due to my fast-bowling skills at the trials, I was being considered as a favourite for being picked by Karachi Kings firstly for the Emerging category and then as the 21st player for PSL in 2019, but unfortunately, I was not chosen for either. This was because, as Wasim Akram who is president of Karachi Kings told me, the PSL side needed a spinner as they had enough fast-bowlers on-board and so they decided to choose Umer Khan. This was a disappointment for me, but I left it in the hands of The Almighty and decided to move on. For Umer Khan, as we all saw, this was an amazing experience and I do wish him all the best for the future.


    Playing club cricket and bowling 146KpH deliveries!

    Fired up by my desire to play hard-ball cricket, I joined the Model Cricket Academy in Peshawar in 2019. In March of 2019, I was invited to attend the NCA Remote Areas Programme at the Jamrud Cricket Stadium where fast-bowlers were given a chance to impress the NCA Coaches. At this camp, I was the fastest bowler on display, clocking 146 KpH. I was then invited to attend the Skills Development Camp for Fast-Bowlers in the NCA in Lahore in April 2019 where the coaches found some issues with my action and worked extremely hard with me to fix these problems. During this time, I also received a lot of appreciation for my style of bowling from Mudassar Nazar which was very satisfying for me.


    The Emerging Players High Performance Camp at the NCA and experience of working with Misbah-ul-Haq

    I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Emerging Players High Performance Camp at the NCA in June this year. The Pakistan Head Coach-Chief Selector Misbah-ul-Haq, was at that time busy working with the senior players but he also spent some time with us and I really enjoyed working with him during that period. Misbah-ul-Haq really liked my bowling and then picked me for the Balochistan side for both the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the National T20 Cup.


    Rise in fame from the National T20 Cup (2019)

    When I started off in the National T20 Cup in 2019, Haris Sohail was my captain and he had previously seen me bowl at the Gaddafi Stadium. He was very impressed by my bowling and put a lot of faith me. I was also encouraged a lot by the rest of the side and when I started to take wickets of some very established players such as Umar Akmal, Shan Masood, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin and Shoaib Malik, they were really happy as were my parents back home.


    Shoaib Akhtar as my role model and bowling quick

    My role model has always been Shoaib Akhtar as I always wanted to bowl fast like him, but he was a right-armer so then I decided to model myself on Mohammad Amir. I had the chance to meet Mohammad Amir during the Emerging Players Camp where he taught me a few varieties. I also had the chance to talk to Wahab Riaz and Usman Khan Shinwari during that same time and they all said to me that I had the talent but needed to work harder to achieve my goals. My favourite wicket-taking delivery is the in-swinger but I do like bowling a good yorker too. Currently, I can maintain a speed of 140KpH in my bowling and can go up to 145KpH, and I am hoping to increase this further in the future.


    Aspirations to play PSL and Test cricket for Pakistan


    I am currently representing Pakistan in the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup and hoping to do well for my country. I am also very hopeful of playing in the next edition of the PSL after my performances in the National T20 Cup. I know that I had some issues with my fitness before but now I am in much better shape and it's my wish that in the future I will become good enough to represent Pakistan in Test matches.
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    Thanks guys for bringing interview of another young and talented cricketer.

    In national T20 cup he definitely looked to be around 140kph and its good to know that he can go upto mid 140s. Really smooth run up, action along with bit of natural swing, so a lot of potential to work with.

    Hopefully he gets a chance in the PSL 2020 as he definitely looks to be one of the best emerging picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Viper View Post
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    I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Emerging Players High Performance Camp at the NCA in June this year. The Pakistan Head Coach-Chief Selector Misbah-ul-Haq, was at that time busy working with the senior players but he also spent some time with us and I really enjoyed working with him during that period. Misbah-ul-Haq really liked my bowling and then picked me for the Balochistan side for both the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and the National T20 Cup.

    Very good Misbah bhai

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    Really like the look of this guy, hope to see more of him in the U19 WC.

    Our fast bowling talent is now looking really good. Shaheen, Naseem, Hasnain, Akif, Sameen all looking like they can be longtime servants for Pakistan in different formats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amirforpresident View Post
    Very good Misbah bhai
    Misbah using his influence well it seems.

    Hopefully he can make more calls like this in the future.

    Looks like a top prospect Akif and he has done really well considering he just started hard ball cricket in 2018.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Viper View Post
    Misbah using his influence well it seems.

    Hopefully he can make more calls like this in the future.

    Looks like a top prospect Akif and he has done really well considering he just started hard ball cricket in 2018.
    Yeah really impressive from Akif

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    The Akif story is about passion for cricket - he did not play hard-ball cricket until almost 18!


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    How old is he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rathore View Post
    How old is he?
    19.


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    Looks mid 130's to me in the videos unlike the 140 plus claims being made

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xoib View Post
    Looks mid 130's to me in the videos unlike the 140 plus claims being made
    He said he clocked 146kph at a camp, not that he bowls 140+ regularly. Only the very fastest clock 140+ regularly, or on average.


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    Good interview.

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    Very impressed with this lad considering the small amount of cricket he has played so far.

    Good pace, moves the ball and has the basic skills to develop.



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    Akif Javed selected for IU.

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    Good for him.

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    Included in NCA camp, good opportunity for him to get accustomed to the demands of professional cricket since he's pretty new to the scene.


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    Akif Javed photographed training with Pakistan T20I squad in the practice game at GSL

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    Why is this guy not in U19WC squad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    Why is this guy not in U19WC squad?
    He could have been as he is 19 years old. Might be something to do with the fact that he hasnt been part of the set up for long and it wasn’t long ago he came into limelight. So maybe the U19 team management wanted to stick with the players which have been part of U19 setup for couple of years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by minamino View Post
    Why is this guy not in U19WC squad?
    Doesn't look under 19 to me.

    But a good opportunity for him to be at these training camps at the NCA.



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    How is this lad’s progress going? Will he play in PSL?


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    Quote Originally Posted by IAJ View Post
    How is this lad’s progress going? Will he play in PSL?
    He's been training with the Pakistan squad ahead of the T20I series and I know the coaches were impressed with his attitude and work.



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    Very impressive with his ability to create late swing and a wise head beyond his age, doubly impressive since he barely just started bowling with the cricket ball in his career. If managed well, and after a bit of fine tuning with Waqar and other coaches, he can even be a good one to take to the T20 as a surprise package like Amir was in the 2009 T20 WC!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    He's been training with the Pakistan squad ahead of the T20I series and I know the coaches were impressed with his attitude and work.
    That is a very good start, you can reach many hights only by these two in place. Hope he keeps working hard. Thanks for the reply.


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    Needs to use his height well , almost all Pakistani tall pacemen lack this quality.


    It is either a heartache or a headache ..Argh relationships.

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    Selected for the Shaheens MCC match

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    He's been training with the Pakistan squad ahead of the T20I series and I know the coaches were impressed with his attitude and work.
    Good to hear... Following this lad very keenly and it would be good to get another tall pacer in our ranks to compliment Shaheen and Naseem. Hard work can take you very far so lets see if he can surpass Hasnain as the potential third seamer with his hard work and commitment...


    Aanay do!

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    Akif Javed making PSL debut....


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    Excellent bowling spell with control and decent pace and movement keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Doesn't look under 19 to me.

    But a good opportunity for him to be at these training camps at the NCA.
    If I was being honest, he looks around 24

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    Could be in for Amir.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salman4. View Post
    Could be in for Amir.
    Wow if that's true that would be good hes excellent new bowler needs to improve in death thou

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    I would like to see him and Dilbar on the tour.

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    He looks very promising. I hope he will learn a lot from Waqar if he is on the plane to England.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    I would like to see him and Dilbar on the tour.
    It's to early for Dilbar to get selected for this tour. He had an alright PSL. He played in the Big Bash and got smacked around for sixes. Tbh with you I dont find Dilbar to be an extraordinary player. Akif on the other has potential to be a world class bowler. He knows how to swing the ball. He would learn alot and benefit in English conditions. Wont be surprised if Akif gets selected for this tour

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoFresh23 View Post
    It's to early for Dilbar to get selected for this tour. He had an alright PSL. He played in the Big Bash and got smacked around for sixes. Tbh with you I dont find Dilbar to be an extraordinary player. Akif on the other has potential to be a world class bowler. He knows how to swing the ball. He would learn alot and benefit in English conditions. Wont be surprised if Akif gets selected for this tour
    He is 27 and its now or never. The guy has something and needs to be tested at the higher level. I also like Akif and would like him to be on the tour.


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