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    The Talent Spotter : Karamat Ali

    Full name Karamat Ali

    Born March 18, 1996

    Major teams Pakistan Under-19s

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Legbreak


    Getting into Cricket

    I’ve always had a keen interest in cricket for as long as I can remember. Nobody in my family played cricket at a professional level but it seemed like cricket was always on the television in our house, or as a family we’d be discussing Pakistan’s latest performance or watching videos of old matches. Cricket was very much part and parcel of my growing up and almost as soon as I could walk I had a bat and ball in my hand.


    Fast Bowler turned Leg Spinner

    I always wanted to be a fast bowler. In fact at school I fancied myself as a pace bowler. I had the long run up and thought I could be the next Waqar Younis. However I was also a big fan of Shahid Afridi, he was my hero and the main reason I became a leg spinner. I think given my height (5 foot 6”) I made the right decision as there aren’t too many quick bowlers this size.


    Club Cricket

    My coaches at P&T Gymkhana club in Lahore have really put in a lot of effort with me since I started playing cricket there. I’d particularly like to mention Kamran Khan who has day in, day out worked very hard with me alongside all of the other very hard working coaches there. In addition the world famous umpire Aleem Dar who also plays at P&T from time to time has really helped me and guided me and I will always be grateful for his time and advice.


    District/Regional and Pakistan Under 19s

    I was the leading wicket taker last season in district Under 19 cricket and also the leading wicket taker in regional Under 19 cricket last year so it was a fantastic season for me. Following on from the success of last year, I was then called up to attend the pre Under 19 Asia cup trials and was successful. We held some trial matches in Lahore and things went very well, I took wickets and thankfully impressed the selectors and coaches.


    Asia Cup Hat-trick against Afghanistan Under 19s

    The tournament was my first for the Pakistan Under 19s and it was really pleasing to do so well. The hat-trick against Afghanistan Under 19s was particularly enjoyable as to take a hat-trick at any level of cricket is a fantastic achievement. I feel that I bowled well that day and my confidence was up. I was in two minds as to what to bowl on the hat-trick delivery but decided upon a googly which landed perfectly and bowled the batsman.

    The tournament as a whole was great for the Pakistani players and will definitely help us in the future. From a personal perspective I was very proud of my efforts and hope to build on the success of the Asia Cup in future.


    Under 19 Asia Cup final against India

    It was heartbreaking to lose the final particularly to India. Our fielding let us down in the final and we made some costly errors and dropped some vital catches. However this has made me and my team mates even more determined and I think we will get our revenge over India Under 19s at the World Cup later this year. We were really down after losing the final, but our coaches told us that we tried our best and that we should look to the future.


    Batting

    I’m working very hard on my batting and already I feel that I am showing signs of improvement. I really do not want to be a bowler who bats a little. I want to eventually be a genuine all-rounder.


    The Art of Leg Spin

    I don’t think people realise just how difficult it is to bowl leg spin. It’s an art that takes years to perfect and to develop those skills. I’m at a stage where I am still learning the art of leg spin and I have lots to learn. However I feel that day by day, match by match I am improving and with more matches under my belt and the more I bowl, I feel the better I will become.

    I’ve given myself the challenge of becoming a successful leg spinner and I’m determined to succeed at the highest level.


    Heroes and Role Models

    Shahid Afridi is one of my favourite cricketers and as mentioned earlier he’s the main reason I became a leg spinner. I met him at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore last year and also met him recently in the UAE. Afridi watched me bowl at the NCA and stated that if I kept on working hard at my game I would improve and definitely play for Pakistan one day. He also said that I had all the attributes that a good leg spinner should have, so that was really good for my confidence.

    I also admire Shane Warne who is a legend of the game and also Abdul Qadir who was quite simply a brilliant bowler. I watch videos of Warne and Qadir whenever I get the chance and it’s fascinating to watch them bowl and to see how they disguised their variations.


    First Class Cricket

    Many young cricketers sign up for departments and hardly get a chance to play. I’ve taken advice regarding this and have decided to play regional cricket for now rather than sign for a departmental team. My focus at the moment is to play regional domestic cricket and Under 19 cricket for my region and for Pakistan.


    The Future

    My dream is to play for Pakistan for many years. I want to revitalise leg spin bowling in Pakistan. I appreciate that there is a lot of hard work ahead for me and there’s lots to learn, but I have faith in my ability and my coaches. I want to establish myself at Under 19 level, in domestic cricket and then hopefully become a regular pick for Pakistan at senior level.

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    I hope he becomes the genuine leg spinner that we so desperately need. Shane Warne has shown that a big spinning leg break is the most important ingredient required for successful leg spin. I also hope he keeps working on his batting because we also require bowlers that can bat.

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    Re: The Talent Spotter : Karamat Ali

    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    I also hope he keeps working on his batting because we also require bowlers that can bat.
    He's young so he has plenty of time to improve on both bowling and batting.


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    Good luck bro

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    I've heard good things about this lad and it was refreshing talking to him as he seems to have a good head on young shoulders.

    He seems very determined and I reckon he could be one of the stars of the Under 19 World Cup.



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    true bewal, a big spinning leg break and that consistency to execute plans. kaneria had all the talent in the world imho, but was let down because he tossed out a four ball every over. way early days atm, leg break pbly has the highest attrition rate of any cricketing discipline.

    guys like afridi, warne, kumble, etc were all physically well conditioned too, a lot will depend on how he fills out too. wiry leggies tend to suffer from form dips after breaking on the scene. thats why i rate yasir shah so highly, esp for longer games, he has the physique to handle the stress of leg spin.

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    I Have Feeling Karmat will end up as Highest Wicket taker in up coming UN-19 World cup

    Natural Leg spinner Karmat is
    and Very good with Bat to

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    Would love to see a vid of him bowling

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    Why does he want to be an all rounder. He should focus on his bowling and as long as he is a tail -ender that average more than 11-12 I'll be happy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badsha View Post
    Why does he want to be an all rounder. He should focus on his bowling and as long as he is a tail -ender that average more than 11-12 I'll be happy
    Indeed . Hope he doesnt end up as another odi specialist, ipl playing, bits and pieces thing.

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    Refreshing to hear and see a promising leg-spinner in our midst, hope he work's hard and is looked after, we need a genuine leg-spinner who can add a new dimesion to our bowling line-up.

    But it was great to hear that Aleem Dar as well as being a great umpire and ambassador for Pakistan he is also helping budding cricketer's. A lot of people should learn from him rather than be armchair critic's.
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    is there any video clips of his bowling ?

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    Received a nice message from Aleem Dar regarding Karamat.

    Aleem stated "Karamat's the future of Pakistan cricket if he works hard. He's from a very humble background & P&T gymkhana will give him full support."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Received a nice message from Aleem Dar regarding Karamat.

    Aleem stated "Karamat's the future of Pakistan cricket if he works hard. He's from a very humble background & P&T gymkhana will give him full support."
    Karmat ali is also very Humble Guy

    Saj Bhai

    i Created Thread About him (When he was not even playing for Pakistan UN-19)

    http://www.pakpassion.net/ppforum/sh...d.php?t=192079

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    Quote Originally Posted by HASHAM2 View Post
    Karmat ali is also very Humble Guy

    Saj Bhai

    i Created Thread About him (When he was not even playing for Pakistan UN-19)

    http://www.pakpassion.net/ppforum/sh...d.php?t=192079
    Yes I saw that and read it.

    Keep up the good work



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Yes I saw that and read it.

    Keep up the good work
    Thank's Bhai

    I created thread about few under-19 player's

    Those few player's are real deal for the future
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    Looks like the future , the way Paul Radley praised him he looks special ! And Paul has seen him bowling live

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    Quote Originally Posted by majiz View Post
    Indeed . Hope he doesnt end up as another odi specialist, ipl playing, bits and pieces thing.
    All our upcoming spinners are all rounder Kamran Ghulam, Zafar Gohar etc I think they have realized that spin competition in Pakistan team is very tough and they need batting skills as well to make the cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extreme Pace View Post
    All our upcoming spinners are all rounder Kamran Ghulam, Zafar Gohar etc I think they have realized that spin competition in Pakistan team is very tough and they need batting skills as well to make the cut.
    Kamran Ghulam is Champion Player

    Will win alot of Matches for Pakistan in future

    Very Special Player he is

    Zafar Gohar is Not bad Either

    from Current UN-19 Side
    Those Player have Talent to play for Pakistan in future

    Sami aslam
    SauD Shakeel
    Kamran Ghulam
    Zafar Gohar
    Zia ul haq
    Karamat Ali
    Irfanullah Shah

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    Quote Originally Posted by HASHAM2 View Post
    Kamran Ghulam is Champion Player

    Will win alot of Matches for Pakistan in future

    Very Special Player he is

    Zafar Gohar is Not bad Either

    from Current UN-19 Side
    Those Player have Talent to play for Pakistan in future

    Sami aslam
    SauD Shakeel
    Kamran Ghulam
    Zafar Gohar
    Zia ul haq
    Karamat Ali
    Irfanullah Shah
    U dint mention Mohammad Aftab here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by critic View Post
    U dint mention Mohammad Aftab here.
    Aftab has huge Problem with his Line and Length

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    Quote Originally Posted by critic View Post
    U dint mention Mohammad Aftab here.
    Hasham loves to change his mind every other day, do not be surprised if Aftab is the next big thing again


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    Good luck to Karamat.

    Definitely one of the players to look out for in the Under 19 World Cup.



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    well, was the most impressive player in the u19 team.

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    Although we lost the cup. I have to admit that this guy looks like a very good prospect and someone we desperately need

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    Is a massive positive for us from the tournament. Him and the two openers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saiyan0312 View Post
    Is a massive positive for us from the tournament. Him and the two openers.
    and Zafar and Zia(apparently)

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    Going thing about this kid is he actually turns the leg spin. People would eventually learn to read his googly but his leg spin is what is going to get him more success at international level.

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    look like a young Suniel Shetty

    best of luck and hope he will play for Pakistan.

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    I was excited like everyone else when I heard about but I have watched him a few times and I feel that he will struggle to take wickets at the 1st class level and sadly, he will not be the leg spinner we are looking for. When I have seen him play I don't feel that he turns the leg spinner to the level you require and secondly, his seam position wont give the drift that you need at the higher level. I hope I am proved wrong.
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    Karamat Ali 4-52 against Peshawar Region.


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    Good to see him performing regularly. Good young talent.


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    2nd best spinner in this tournament at the moment.

    4 matches 13 wickets for khalid usman who is a spin bowling alounder

    3 matches 8 wickets for karamat ali

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    Glad to see a leg spinner doing well, we need replacement for Yasir Shah

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    Keep hearing good things about him. Let's see what he can do. Certainly doing ok in the current tournament.



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