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    "My Heart is Set on Playing for Pakistan" : Usman Qadir

    PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with Usman Qadir.

    The son of the legendary Abdul Qadir, 19 year old Usman is a highly rated leg spinner and more than useful middle order batsman who has represented Pakistan at Under 15 and Under 19 levels.

    Usman was also a member of the Under 19 World Cup squad that lost to India earlier this year by one wicket in a quarter final encounter in Townsville, Australia and was also a member of the Pakistan Under 19 squad that had a very successful tour of South Africa.

    Earmarked for a bright future, Qadir is currently playing club cricket in Australia as well as representing South Australia Under 23s. Qadir hasn't played much domestic cricket in Pakistan as yet, but the coming season could be the kickstart of a great career.


    PakPassion.net: Letís begin by asking you whether you actually wanted to be a cricketer or was it something that you ended up doing because you felt you had to follow in your fatherís footsteps?

    Usman Qadir: No I definitely wanted to be a cricketer. Cricket was everywhere in our lives, the television, around the house, every spare minute of our live was spent playing cricket and cricket was all over the place there was no escaping it. From an early age I wanted to be a professional cricketer.


    PakPassion.net: What about being a leg spinner. Did you not want to do something different in cricket given that your father was a legendary leg spinner?

    Usman Qadir: At first I had no clue what leg spin bowling was if Iím being honest. My earliest memory of playing cricket is around the age of 5, playing cricket at home with my father and my brother. I just watched lots of videos of my father bowling and wanted to copy what he was doing. Gradually around the age of 11 or 12 I started playing more and more cricket and practising at home, my father guided me with various grips and helped me with the art of leg spin bowling.

    As you can imagine my father is very passionate when it comes to cricket and leg spin bowling and when I saw the passion in the way he was teaching me I had no hesitation in wanting to be a leg spinner.


    PakPassion.net: It must have been pretty hectic in the Qadir household when you were growing up?

    Usman Qadir: Indeed. There were cricket bats, cricket balls everywhere, pads, gloves and other items of equipment all over the house. You could say it was quite hazardous at times. They were great days though. Iíve always been very close to my father and brother (Sulaman) and they have been great role models and always guided me throughout my career.


    PakPassion.net: Is it true that your father had erected cricket nets in your house, to help you and Sulaman practice?

    Usman Qadir: Yes thatís true. Before my fatherís cricket academy was set up in Lahore we had nets in our house to help us practice at home. My father set up the nets on the roof of our house and every spare minute was spent on the roof practising, batting, bowling and talking about cricket.


    PakPassion.net: Whatís the best piece of advice regarding cricket you have received from your father?

    Usman Qadir: My father has always said to me to be myself and do not worry too much about technique. If you are unorthodox, so be it. If youíre methods are not part of the coaching manual, so be it. What matters is your performance.


    PakPassion.net: Some "leggies" make the art look simple, but how difficult is it to actually bowl leg spin?

    Usman Qadir: Itís very difficult. Itís not easy at all, particularly if you do not practice enough. There was a time when I couldnít practice for a couple of weeks and I was really struggling with my bowling in the next match that I played. The ball just wasnít coming out of my hand quite right, my line was wrong and I kept on bowling full tosses.

    Itís a skill that not many can master. Itís a skill where you are trying to outthink the batsman and that can be very difficult at times. Leg spin is not for the faint hearted.


    PakPassion.net: Do you think that being the son of a famous cricketer and playing the same sport at a professional level as your father means there is added pressure on you to perform?

    Usman Qadir: Not at all. Iíve never felt additional pressure just because my father played many times for Pakistan and is well known throughout the world. Sometimes the public compare you with your father, particularly when youíve not had a good day, but that should not bother you.

    You have good and bad days in sport and Iíve always enjoyed my father coming to watch me play cricket whenever he can. I feel really proud when my father comes along to watch me in action and I always want to perform even better when my father is at the ground.


    PakPassion.net: Youíve obviously been taught all of the ďtricks of the tradeĒ when it comes to bowling leg spin by your father. Would you say you have perfected all of the deliveries that form part of a leg spinnerís armoury?

    Usman Qadir: I donít think you can ever say that you have perfected all of the different deliveries, I think itís work in progress. With each game I feel I am learning, facing differing challenges against different batsmen. The introduction of Twenty20 cricket has presented a new challenge for leg spinners and I think nowadays a leg spin bowler has to have even more variety than they had to in the past.


    PakPassion.net: Youíve made great strides with your batting of late. Do you see yourself as someone who can eventually be regarded a genuine all rounder?

    Usman Qadir: Definitely. I really enjoy my batting. I know there are some spin bowlers out there who see their batting as an afterthought but I take my batting very seriously and I have started to give both my batting and bowling equal time in practice sessions and equal importance too.

    I think in modern cricket you have to be able to handle yourself in all three facets of the game. If you are weak in any area, the opposition picks up on that. Perhaps in the past teams would have a couple of fielders that they would hide in the outfield, but the game is such now that you have to be able to contribute in all areas of cricket and thatís why I am trying my best to be able to contribute with bat, ball and in the field. Even selectors nowadays look at what a bowler can contribute with the bat and in the field and that can sway a selectors mind when picking a squad.


    PakPassion.net: When the Pakistan ďAĒ squad was selected for the tour of Australia in 2009, you were selected but did not make that tour, why was that?

    Usman Qadir: My father was the Chief Selector at the time. I was picked in the squad for Australia and Ijaz Butt who was the Chairman had suggested that I should be in the starting eleven on that tour whenever possible. My father was unhappy with what Ijaz Butt had suggested as he wanted the starting eleven to be picked on merit and not for me to be picked just because I was his son and in protest he removed my name from the Pakistan ďAĒ squad.

    Discussions were held afterwards, the details of which I am unaware of, but in the end I didnít tour Australia with the Pakistan ďAĒ squad.


    PakPassion.net: You missed the recent Under 19 World Cup quarter final against India in Australia. That must have been disappointing to miss such an important match?

    Usman Qadir: Yes that was a huge disappointment. I had played the previous three matches and was then dropped. It was a decision that the team management and captain made and I respect that decision, but it was disappointing and who knows if I had played, perhaps the outcome may have been different.


    PakPassion.net: Youíve played a lot of Under 15 and Under 19 cricket for Pakistan, you must feel that all of this junior cricket is good for your grounding and will help you in future?

    Usman Qadir: Yes absolutely. You are getting the opportunity to play against the best cricketers in the world for your age group and Iíve thoroughly enjoyed all of the cricket I have played at junior levels for Pakistan. It makes you realise at a young age what it means to play for your country and it makes you yearn for more of the same at the senior level.

    You are also presented with an opportunity to play in differing conditions around the world and that can definitely help your development. Also if you do well on a tour then that really boosts your confidence as a cricketer.


    PakPassion.net: Do you have any particularly memorable matches at Under 19 level?

    Usman Qadir: There was one match in particular which was a quarter final against India in New Zealand in 2010. That was a great match for me and in fact I was watching a video of this match only yesterday. Also a match against South Africa in January 2012 in South Africa, I was taking the team to victory but I was run out for 51.


    PakPassion.net: You've only played a handful of domestic matches in Pakistan why is that, particularly when some of your Under 19 team mates are now regulars in their respective teams?

    Usman Qadir: My plan is to play a full season of first class cricket next year in Pakistan. This season I was given this fantastic opportunity to play club cricket in Australia and I didnít want to let this chance go by. My aim is to have a good season here in Australia and to make the most of this chance and then go back to Pakistan and put into practice what Iíve learnt in Australia.

    I'll be going back to Pakistan after this stint in Australia is over to take part in the Quaid E Azam Trophy.

    Iíve also not played much in domestic cricket as in previous seasons Iíve been touring with the Pakistan Under 19s.


    PakPassion.net: Are you still contracted by ZTBL?

    Usman Qadir: No I left ZTBL and Iím now with National Bank Limited. Iíve been with National Bank now for a couple of seasons.


    PakPassion.net: The opportunity to play in Australia, how did that come about?

    Usman Qadir: The chance to play in Australia came about due to a friend of my father, Rick Cook who has kept in touch with my father ever since he played club cricket in Australia in 2000 for Cookís team.

    Cook suggested to my father that it would be a good idea for me to get some experience of playing cricket in Australia. My father also thought it would be a good idea and once he had discussed the possibility with me, then Cook went and spoke with South Australiaís cricket coach Darren Berry.


    PakPassion.net: Howís it going in Australia, howís your season developing and what is the standard of cricket like?

    Usman Qadir: The standard of cricket here in Australia is very high. The Australian Grade "A" cricket is like first class cricket in Pakistan. Iíve watched some of the first class cricket here in Australia and itís extremely tough. The pitches are well prepared, the facilities are brilliant and the mindset of the Australian cricketers is very good. In addition the standard of umpiring is very good. All round it's tough, competitive and high class cricket.


    PakPassion.net: What do you want to achieve from this season of club cricket and Under 23 cricket for South Australia?

    Usman Qadir: When I came over to Australia I had set myself the goal of breaking my fatherís record of 72 wickets in a season in ďAĒ grade cricket. So far I have taken 33 wickets in 5 matches and I have 7 matches left.

    As well as the goal of taking more wickets than my father did, I also want to use this opportunity of playing cricket in Australia to improve my all round game and to toughen up mentally and then go back to Pakistan with confidence and self belief and a good season behind me.


    PakPassion.net: Recently I interviewed Dean Jones and he was very complimentary about your bowling. What are the coaches in Australia advising you on?

    Usman Qadir: The coaches that Iíve worked with in Australia have been brilliant. They do not try and over-coach you, they let you learn from your own mistakes and offer guidance on areas where they feel you need some help. None of the coaches in Australia have tried to make major changes to my bowling or batting, rather itís been little pieces of advice here and there which is great for me.


    PakPassion.net: Has homesickness kicked in yet?

    Usman Qadir: Oh yes. Iím missing home and my family but these are the sacrifices you have to make. Who knows this time Iím spending in Australia on my own may eventually help me towards international recognition one day.


    PakPassion.net: Speaking of international recognition, come on tell me is it Australia or Pakistan that you eventually want to play for?

    Usman Qadir: Iíve been offered to play for Australia. A few people over the last couple of months have spoken with me about it, but Iíve not made a decision as yet. I want to discuss all of the options with my father and then make a final decision.

    I want to play for Pakistan and my heart is set on it. Iíve said to the guys in Australia to speak with my father about the matter. Iíve left the matter with my father, Iíve left the final decision in my father's hands. Iím happy to go with what my father advises me and I have a feeling that my father will want me to play for Pakistan.


    PakPassion.net: Pakistan has over the years produced some great leg spinners, but of late leg spin seems to be a type of bowling that is rarely seen in Pakistan these days. Can Usman Qadir be the next great leg spinner for Pakistan one day?

    Usman Qadir: God willing. I feel that Iím improving as a cricketer and developing my skills. This stint in Australia is very useful for me and is another step forward. The next step is to go back to Pakistan and start performing well in domestic cricket. If I can perform well in domestic cricket then who knows what may happen, but the dream is to play at the highest level for a long time.


    PakPassion.net : Thanks for your time Usman and best wishes for the future

    Usman Qadir : My pleasure and thanks for the good wishes.
    Last edited by TalhaSyed; 21st December 2012 at 11:55.



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    Good Interview, seems very passionate about his future.

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    Great interview saj bhai.


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    i hope he does well no matter what he does!!!!

    i think he just need to turn the ball a bit more!

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    Not seen his name in any quaid e azam trophy squad.

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    Good luck to usman, i hope he plays for pakistan but the choice is up to him and his family who know best

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    Nice interview of a nice young man ....! Hope he fulfills the dreams of his dad who wanted all of his sons to be cricketers. Usman is his last hope.


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    Good interview.

    Usman is one for the future.


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    I can see how his burning desire for international cricket can make him consider playing for Australia if Pakistan doesn't give him a chance or treat him unfairly but this guy hasn't even tried his luck in the Pakistan system yet. I can also see why he accepted a chance to play club cricket in Australia but why on earth would you consider playing for a country that has nothing to do with you and only wants you for your cricketing skills at the start of your career??
    Whats even more stupid is that he is open about him not being sure what country he wants to play for. Any Pak fan would question his national pride and love for his country after reading that he wants his father to decide what team he should play for. I think he will play for Pak but fans won't love him as much as they would have otherwise.

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    Never been impressed by him, maybe he comes out better after the Australia stint but I reckon he has has gotten as far as he has due to his fathers name and influence


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    I don't rate Usman Qadir highly and agree with pakistangoneaussie.
    Last edited by Saj; 21st December 2012 at 12:05.


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    Usmans for Oz

    c Usman Khawaja b Usman Qadir


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    Disapointing that they have to make a decision on whether to play for Pakistan or Australia.

    You are not talking about playing for ZTBL or HBL or NBP, not talking aboit playing for Lahore or Karachi, but talking about your country, Pakistan!

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    Seems like a very level headed young man and hopefully he will play for pakistan one day.

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    Usman Qadir: My father was the Chief Selector at the time. I was picked in the squad for Australia and Ijaz Butt who was the Chairman had suggested that I should be in the starting eleven on that tour whenever possible. My father was unhappy with what Ijaz Butt had suggested as he wanted the starting eleven to be picked on merit and not for me to be picked just because I was his son and in protest he removed my name from the Pakistan “A” squad.
    i liked this part.

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    Mamoon, I have the met the guy personally once or twice. He's very passionate about playing for Pakistan. An interview can't convey the depth of feeling, but I think Saj's done a good job of showing some of it.

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    We have a few armchair "experts" on PP who can analyse a cricketers potential based on an interview.

    Geniuses ;)

    Regarding the decision on whether to play for Pakistan or Australia, it boils down to politics I guess. Does Usman and his family want all the hassle of playing in Pakistan, with the system in place, the selection system or does he want to play in a system where the likelihood of who he is will not make any difference at all on his international chances.



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    ^^ Everyone in Pakistan is infected and harmed by politics. You need to fight within the system for your place.

    He should play for Australia only. He is over hyped here. Australia is a much realisitic option for him.


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    Only if he is a better legspinner than Steve smith , because steve is a better batsman.


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    Does he have Australian nationality?

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    will getting trained in australia make him a better spinner for the pak national team


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    You need to fight within the system for your place
    He doesn't have to, if he doesn't wish to. If he feels that an opportunity outside Pakistan is best for his career, then so be it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    He doesn't have to, if he doesn't wish to. If he feels that an opportunity outside Pakistan is best for his career, then so be it.
    That's what I said in my latter part of my post. Australia is much realistic option for him. Not because of politics. But we have plenty better wrist spinners than him


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    Quote Originally Posted by sunnykhan View Post
    That's what I said in my latter part pf my post. Australia is much realistic option for him. Not because of politics. But we have plenty better wrist spinners than him
    But he's not saying he's ready to play for Pakistan now.

    What he's saying is that he needs to learn from this spell in Australia and then look to do well in first class cricket.

    None of us, including you can predict the future, as far as I am aware, so it's impossible to predict how good or not so good this kid could be.

    To write him off completely at the age of 19 as some are doing is frankly mystifying.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    But he's not saying he's ready to play for Pakistan now.

    What he's saying is that he needs to learn from this spell in Australia and then look to do well in first class cricket.

    None of us, including you can predict the future, as far as I am aware, so it's impossible to predict how good or not so good this kid could be.

    To write him off completely at the age of 19 as some are doing is frankly mystifying.
    I wish him best of luck. I hope he proves me wrong. No prediction now.

    He is over hyped here due to the Qadir surname attached with his name. He played U-15s and U-19s due to his father's influence and it's a fact.


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    On a serious note, Why don't PP do interviews with Shahzaib Ahmed Khan and Akhtar Waheed Kiyani? Both better leg spinners than Usman Qadir and still lost their place in U-19s due to Usman Qadir.


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    He is just a medicore spinner

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anwar_194 View Post
    He is just a medicore spinner
    Kindly give examples when making such statements. Have you seen him play, talked to him etc


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    We have a few armchair "experts" on PP who can analyse a cricketers potential based on an interview.

    Geniuses ;)
    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Kindly give examples when making such statements. Have you seen him play, talked to him etc
    dont you guys know, by nineteen a cricketer has completely devloped and maximised their potential. especially in the case of leg spin, nearly all leggies stop improving after their twentieth birthday...

    seriously though, ive got hopes for the kid, he's tall but not too tall, hes got tricks and he aint afraid to spin the ball. and i have confidence his control of line and length will improve after he plays first class cricket. hes gna spin it a bit more too as his forarmes wrists and fingers become stronger with age.

    ill stick my neck out and say regardless of which country he chooses, given he improves his control and keeps working hard, he will play test cricket.

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    He's still only 19, let's hope he can blossom in the coming years.



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    should be in pak team after world cup 2015 along with raza hasan.i have a feeling saeed ajmal may retire after world cup


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    if he gets in now it is a massive Sirfarish OR they are blocking him from playing for Australia. If he plays one game for Pak , then thats it he has to wait 4 years too play for australia .


    either way if he gets infront of Raza Hasan then thats a massive injustice


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    Quote Originally Posted by pakistanigoneaussie View Post
    if he gets in now it is a massive Sirfarish OR they are blocking him from playing for Australia. If he plays one game for Pak , then thats it he has to wait 4 years too play for australia .


    either way if he gets infront of Raza Hasan then thats a massive injustice
    You are right they dosent wanna loose him to australia

    well he is our product ... i want him to play for pak ..

    i havent seen him but many here says he is crap

    but what i have heard that he is decent bowler who can bat a beat that might solve out loads of problem

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    all the people who say he is rubbish have never seen him bowl .... when he plays he will shut people who say he is rubbish.....

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    His bowling did not look very good against Afghanistan, Afridi looked better than him.

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    May be he is being looked at as an all-rounder, his batting is decent from what i have seen...

    But i dont think he'll get selected ahead of Raza

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    Quote Originally Posted by hur rizvi View Post
    May be he is being looked at as an all-rounder, his batting is decent from what i have seen...

    But i dont think he'll get selected ahead of Raza
    You never know.. Raza was fit and yet still got dropped. Never know with the current heads running the PCB.

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    The question is, is he any good?

    Otherwise he might also qualify for Zimbabwe!!!!!!!

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    8 matches for 47.00, can only get better

    Pakistan have become an importer of spin talent and coaches, far from the past of fast bowling, pakistan should now open it's own spin academy

    i can't think of one international team that has not been helped by pakistani spinners


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    We have far better spinners than him . Abba ki sifarish kaam aa gayi .

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    Raza Hasan has proved himself at international level surely he should be in the squad than this Qadir fella also Afridi a leggie is there in the squad why 2 leggies (one out of form other unproven)

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    8 matches are a small sample to judge someone.

    the thing is he is a leggie and leg spinners are a different class .

    How many leg spinners do we have any way'? the last half decent one we had was danish karenia before he started going crap too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chacha kashmiri View Post
    8 matches for 47.00, can only get better

    Pakistan have become an importer of spin talent and coaches, far from the past of fast bowling, pakistan should now open it's own spin academy

    i can't think of one international team that has not been helped by pakistani spinners
    India?


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    Humble pies should be fired at this thread from a rocket launcher.

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    as i said earlier, its only early days for a leggie, cant jump to conclusions, positive or negative without him playing at least 20 first class games, good performance tho, esp considering SL are usually good players of spin.

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    ^ exactly. people were judging him based on 8 LA games on placid pakistani pitches

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    performed good today in pressure match

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