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    "My dream is to play for Pakistan for many years" : Fakhar Zaman

    Born in Mardan, twenty-six year old Fakhar Zaman was first introduced to cricket ten years ago when he joined the Pakistan Navy and subsequently the Navy cricket team. He followed this by breaking into the Karachi Regional side before making his first class debut for Karachi Blues in 2013. He has since made a stellar start to his domestic career, averaging over forty in four-day cricket. His greater success though has come in List A games where his outstanding fifty-three runs per innings have come at a strike rate of ninety-three. This, combined with his success in Twenty20 cricket, have meant that he is knocking on the door of the selectors for a place in Pakistan's struggling limited overs sides.

    A fan of Adam Gilchrist, the attacking left-hander played a starring role in Pakistan A's series victory over England Lions in January 2016, and he recently hit 153* off 68 balls in the ongoing Peshawar Zalmi's 'Kaun Bane Ga KPK Ka Champion' Twenty20 tournament, proving that he could be the solution to Pakistan's woes at the top of the order.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Fakhar spoke about his excellent progress in domestic cricket, the experience of playing alongside Younis Khan, disappointment of not being picked for the lucrative Pakistan Super League (PSL) and his aspirations for a place in the Pakistan side.





    PakPassion.net : Any regrets on leaving the Pakistan Navy to become a professional cricketer?

    Fakhar Zaman : Well what happened was that I thought my life career would be the Pakistan Navy and I would be playing a bit of cricket in my spare time. But I was struggling to combine the two and I had to make a tough decision and choose one of them as a career. When I was in the Navy they identified me as a promising cricketer and I played for the Pakistan Navy team, but the coaches there felt that I had the potential to play cricket professionally. I miss not being in the Navy, but I think I have made the right decision in becoming a professional cricketer.


    PakPassion.net : You were born in Mardan, yet have played most of your cricket in Karachi. How did that come about?

    Fakhar Zaman : After my studies I joined the Navy and that meant spending a lot of time in Karachi. The coaches in Karachi region identified me as a decent batsman and gave me an opportunity to play for the Under 19 region in Karachi. I then played some club cricket there and eventually went onto play First-Class cricket in Karachi. So a lot of my time was being spent in Karachi and it was only natural that I would settle down there. I spent six years in Karachi from 2007 to 2013 but after joining Habib Bank Limited (HBL), I've now returned home and settled down again in Mardan.


    PakPassion.net : In your own words, describe your style of batting?

    Fakhar Zaman : We Pathans are naturally aggressive so I like to attack the bowling. Right from my early days my batting has been aggressive and I am someone who likes to put bat on ball. But as you mature as a batsman you have to combine your stroke play with a solid defensive technique and that has been something that I have developed. These days I'd like to think that I am a batsman who can play aggressively and also play defensively and with caution when required.


    PakPassion.net : Who have you modelled your batting on and who are your heroes and role-models?

    Fakhar Zaman : Adam Gilchrist is my all-time favourite batsman. He was an absolute joy to watch when batting and I loved the way how, whatever the situation, he would play his natural attacking game and counter-attack the opposition bowling. I'm also a huge fan of AB de Villiers and Kumar Sangakkara who are both superb batsmen and what I particularly love about their batting is their ability to be able to perform at any level and in every format. There is so much one can learn from watching these greats.


    PakPassion.net : Do you feel that you are best suited to opening the batting or do you prefer to bat elsewhere in the order?

    Fakhar Zaman : Throughout my career I have mostly opened the batting, but then when I started to play for Pakistan A I was sent in at number three. I feel that going forward the number three position will be ideal for me. These days a lot of teams are sending in their best batsman at number three and I want to be the batsman who controls the innings from that position.


    PakPassion.net : Last season was a superb one for you in domestic cricket. Why the sudden improvement in your batting and performances?

    Fakhar Zaman : It's difficult to pinpoint one specific reason for my good form last season. However when I was selected for a Twenty20 series against England Lions for Pakistan A, I watched the England Lions training sessions closely and realised that cricket has changed and that I needed to change also. When I returned to Pakistan I changed my training methods from quantity driven to quality driven sessions. I feel that worked for me and I have reaped the rewards of that change of training style.


    PakPassion.net : You weren't picked for the Pakistan Super League (PSL). That surely must have been a major shock for you?

    Fakhar Zaman : Yes it was a huge shock not only for me but also to a lot of my team mates and to many of the coaches in Pakistan. I did well in the domestic Twenty20 tournament in Pakistan and also scored a hundred against Peshawar so yes I was very surprised when I was ignored for the Pakistan Super League. Perhaps the reason was that I never did well in the matches that were televised in the domestic competitions. Some players who have a batting average of ten in twenty over cricket were selected but I was ignored. Anyway, these things happen and there's nothing I can do about it, but it was disappointing. However who knows, maybe I might get picked for future PSL tournaments and in addition I wasn't the only player who was surprisingly ignored for the PSL.


    PakPassion.net : Your performances against England Lions must have given you a huge confidence boost?

    Fakhar Zaman : Yes it was a massive confidence boost as the Lions were a very strong team and had several players with international experience. It was a very good and very hard-fought series and I believe all of the players including myself on both sides will have learnt a lot from that series. It was nice to score three half-centuries and also take a few wickets in that series and overall I was very satisfied with my efforts in that series.


    PakPassion.net : Modern-day cricket is ideal for cricketers who are good in all facets of the game. Taking wickets against England Lions must have been a real positive for you?

    Fakhar Zaman : Yes absolutely. Taking five wickets in the final match and decider of the series against England Lions was brilliant. I've not really had a lot of chances to bowl but that was a massive boost for my confidence and it gave me a lot of self-belief that when I get the chance to bowl I can do quite well. In domestic cricket our team has Yasir Shah, Kamran Ghulam, Abdur Rehman and other spinners, so it's very difficult to be given a chance to bowl. But I keep practising and bowling in club cricket so that whenever the chance comes to bowl, I am ready.


    PakPassion.net : Coming from Mardan, it must be great for you to play alongside Younis Khan at HBL?

    Fakhar Zaman : Younis Khan, what can I say about him? He's known all over the world as a great cricketer. He's a great role-model for any cricketer and a fantastic ambassador for Pakistan cricket. I'm lucky that I get the opportunity to spend time with Younis in domestic cricket. I've learnt a lot from him, from what he says at team meetings to even how neat and tidy and well-organised his playing kit is. There is an air of perfection around him and it starts from his hotel room and extends all the way to his spot in the dressing room. There is so much us younger cricketers can learn from him.


    PakPassion.net : You've recently turned twenty six. Do you feel you are approaching your best years as a cricketer?

    Fakhar Zaman : When I was in my early twenties people would ask me when do you feel you will be ready to play for Pakistan. I would respond by saying, hopefully as soon as possible. But, looking back I think that I have matured enough as a cricketer and feel ready to play for Pakistan now. Perhaps early twenties would have been too soon, but now with several years of domestic cricket behind me and some A tours under my belt I think that the time is right. However I have to continue to work hard and perform and be consistent, these are key to my future.


    PakPassion.net : The Pakistan Cup gives you an opportunity to impress the new selection committee, whoever they may be. Any targets for that tournament?

    Fakhar Zaman : With new faces in the selection committee I think that gives all the players added impetus to perform as we are all on a level playing field and hoping to impress. The Pakistan Cup is a great opportunity for me and all the other players to catch the eye of the selectors. I always take my cricket very seriously and play hard, whether it's First-Class cricket or club cricket. I will go into the Pakistan Cup with the mindset of playing positively and trying to score as many runs as possible, but also score those runs in a stylish manner.


    PakPassion.net : We've seen the Pakistan batting really struggle recently in limited overs internationals, why do you think that is and do you think it's time for some fresh blood to be introduced?

    Fakhar Zaman : Fresh or not fresh, I think deserving and in-form players should always be selected. I also think it's important to select players who are hungry and desperate to perform, rather than stale and struggling players. Preparation for international cricket is vital also and I think the National Cricket Academy and other academies need to be utilised fully to ensure Pakistani cricketers are ready for the challenge of international cricket which sometimes perhaps they are not.


    PakPassion.net : Why aren't some Pakistani players not ready for the challenge of international cricket when they are selected to play for Pakistan?

    Fakhar Zaman : I think the biggest problems in our domestic cricket are the quality of the pitches, which can vary from city to city. Some are green-tops which are horrible for batting and others are flat all four days and horrible for the bowlers. This needs to be evened out and the quality of the pitches needs to be improved. Also the quality of the cricket balls is a problem. Some bowlers who can seam and swing the ball in domestic cricket in Pakistan struggle when they have to use a different type of cricket ball in international cricket. We should look to use a better quality cricket ball and one that is consistent with the demands of international cricket.


    PakPassion.net : How do you feel you can build on an excellent last domestic season and surely you must have an eye on an international call-up soon?

    Fakhar Zaman : I'm working hard for this upcoming domestic season and preparations have been going well. I'm currently playing in a Twenty20 tournament in Peshawar and that has gone very well so far. As far as the last season is concerned, it has gone now so one should forget about that. Yes it went well but this season is already in my sights. Everybody wants to play for their country, that is the aim when you start playing cricket and I am no different. My aim is to play for Pakistan soon and not just play a few matches and be forgotten. My dream is to play for Pakistan for many years. At the end of the day I have to perform, score runs, impress the selectors with my batting and attitude and then leave it to the selectors. There's a lot of international cricket coming up later this year and I hope to be part of that.
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    Good interview. Seems like he wants to progress his game further and take it to the next level. We should get him in the LOIs side and persist with him.

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    Good interview. Like the guy's attitude. Hopefully he will succeed and become a good opener for us inshaAllah. One to keep an eye on in the Pakistan Cup


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    Good thing he was in the Navy, would have allowed him to develop a good fitness regime and not have "paronthay" for breakfast everyday


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    Great! Hoping to see him in the team soon!


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    Excellent, and IA he will be in our LOI squad very soon, just need to perform in Pakistan Cup. Good luck.


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    Talks a good game lets see if he can play a good game

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I watched the England Lions training sessions closely and realised that cricket has changed and that I needed to change also. When I returned to Pakistan I changed my training methods from quantity driven to quality driven sessions. I feel that worked for me and I have reaped the rewards of that change of training style.
    Really encouraging to see that. It also shows how Pakistan's training methods are behind the modern era of cricket; hence players with intelligence like Fakhar Zaman have identified this issue and worked on it.


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    PakPassion.net : Why aren't some Pakistani players not ready for the challenge of international cricket when they are selected to play for Pakistan?

    Fakhar Zaman : I think the biggest problems in our domestic cricket are the quality of the pitches, which can vary from city to city. Some are green-tops which are horrible for batting and others are flat all four days and horrible for the bowlers. This needs to be evened out and the quality of the pitches needs to be improved. Also the quality of the cricket balls is a problem. Some bowlers who can seam and swing the ball in domestic cricket in Pakistan struggle when they have to use a different type of cricket ball in international cricket. We should look to use a better quality cricket ball and one that is consistent with the demands of international cricket.
    PCB should listen to their own players. Been hearing this for the last 10 years.

    Good interview, liked this bit especially. Gives me hope he can be a complete batsman instead of being pigeonholed as a slogger:

    But as you mature as a batsman you have to combine your stroke play with a solid defensive technique and that has been something that I have developed. These days I'd like to think that I am a batsman who can play aggressively and also play defensively and with caution when required.

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    He'll be ten times better than Shehzad, Shan and Manzoor.

    Has a good head on his shoulders, but the feet remain a bit static. Should also focus on gently timing the ball rather than playing with hard hands.


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    A brave choice by him

    Being in Pakistan Navy is a very secure and respectable job

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    We're going to have a Navy man playing for Pakistan. Now, that's something to be proud of.


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    I hope he can rescue the sinking ship that is Pakistan cricket.


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    http://www.cricketworld.com/fakhar-z...stan/44590.htm

    Up and coming Karachi batsman, Fakhar Zaman has stated that he dreams of having a long lasting international career with Pakistan.

    After having been introduced to cricket during his time with the Pakistan Navy, Zaman has made huge strides in the game since making his first-class debut in 2013.

    Currently, Zaman has played 24 first-class matches and has 1512 runs at a healthy average of 40.86 with three hundreds and 10 fifties.

    His record is even better in the 50-over format where he has amassed 955 runs from 20 matches at 53.05 with three hundreds and six fifties while batting at a strike rate of 93.62.

    Zaman has also proved his credentials in the shortest format of the game, hitting 595 runs in 20 matches while also scoring a century in the format along with three fifties.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Zaman disclosed that his cricketing idol is Australia’s legendary wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist.

    “Adam Gilchrist is my all-time favourite batsman.

    “He was an absolute joy to watch when batting and I loved the way how, whatever the situation, he would play his natural attacking game and counter-attack the opposition bowling.

    “I’m also a huge fan of AB de Villiers and Kumar Sangakkara who are both superb batsmen and what I particularly love about their batting is their ability to be able to perform at any level and in every format.

    “There is so much one can learn from watching these greats.”

    A major chunk of Zaman’s success came in the previous domestic season and the 26-year-old attributes it to the training methods he adopted after being inspired by watching the England Lions team train during their series against Pakistan A.

    “It’s difficult to pinpoint one specific reason for my good form last season.

    “However, when I was selected for a Twenty20 series against England Lions for Pakistan A, I watched the England Lions training sessions closely and realised that cricket has changed and that I needed to change also.

    “When I returned to Pakistan I changed my training methods from quantity driven to quality driven sessions.

    “I feel that worked for me and I have reaped the rewards of that change of training style.”

    Despite his strong record in the shortest format, Zaman was not selected for the inaugural season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

    Though he was quite surprised by his exclusion from the PSL, Zaman is hoping that he can be included in the future editions of the tournament.

    “Yes, it was a huge shock not only for me but also to a lot of my team mates and to many of the coaches in Pakistan.

    “I did well in the domestic Twenty20 tournament in Pakistan and also scored a hundred against Peshawar so yes I was very surprised when I was ignored for the Pakistan Super League.

    “Perhaps the reason was that I never did well in the matches that were televised in the domestic competitions.

    “Some players who have a batting average of ten in twenty over cricket were selected but I was ignored.

    “Anyway, these things happen and there’s nothing I can do about it, but it was disappointing.

    “However, who knows, maybe I might get picked for future PSL tournaments and in addition I wasn’t the only player who was surprisingly ignored for the PSL.”

    Pakistan’s recent failures in limited overs cricket have seen the resignation of the head coach Waqar Younis while the Pakistan Cricket Board has dissolved the selection committee and is looking for a new coach.

    With an eye on making his international debut for Pakistan, Zaman is happy with his preparations for ongoing domestic season.

    Furthermore, Zaman affirmed that when he does get a chance to represent Pakistan, he will do his best to cement his place in the side for many years to come.

    “I’m working hard for this upcoming domestic season and preparations have been going well.

    “I’m currently playing in a Twenty20 tournament in Peshawar and that has gone very well so far.

    “As far as the last season is concerned, it has gone now so one should forget about that.

    “Yes, it went well but this season is already in my sights.

    “Everybody wants to play for their country, that is the aim when you start playing cricket and I am no different.

    “My aim is to play for Pakistan soon and not just play a few matches and be forgotten.

    “My dream is to play for Pakistan for many years.

    “At the end of the day I have to perform, score runs, impress the selectors with my batting and attitude and then leave it to the selectors.

    “There’s a lot of international cricket coming up later this year and I hope to be part of that.”

    Pakistan’s next international assignment is their tour of the United Kingdom between July and September, which will be followed by a campaign to West Indies followed by tours to New Zealand and Australia towards the end of the year.

    - See more at: http://www.cricketworld.com/fakhar-z....2epXGkV3.dpuf


    For the latest updates on Cricket, follow @PakPassion on Twitter

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    Bravo KARACHI. It has given chances to players across Pakistan

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    Thank you so very much @Saj & @MenInG

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    If he has a good Pakistan Cup, he should definitely board the plane to England.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Square Drive View Post
    If he has a good Pakistan Cup, he should definitely board the plane to England.
    And when he inevitably fails in such a difficult series in foreign conditions his career will come to an abrupt end..

    We should blood new players in home (read as UAE) series or easy away series.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    And when he inevitably fails in such a difficult series in foreign conditions his career will come to an abrupt end..

    We should blood new players in home (read as UAE) series or easy away series.
    ...Except we don't play much at home over the next few years. So should we stop introducing youngsters?

    Also, even in England, I'd open with Azhar and Sarfraz, keeping Fakhar as backup, which will also be a good experience.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Thank you so very much @Saj & @MenInG
    No problem.

    PakPassion has always been about the upcoming players and not just the big names. I think sometimes our upcoming players are overlooked by the media and hopefully PakPassion is a platform where we can bring these players to the attention of fans.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    No problem.

    PakPassion has always been about the upcoming players and not just the big names. I think sometimes our upcoming players are overlooked by the media and hopefully PakPassion is a platform where we can bring these players to the attention of fans.

    Though it is a profession and business for you but,


    You have never tried to cash in with Big names but you have always projected the right talent by giving them exposure and recognition through this platform. The biggest example can be of Sadaf Hussain who has only been given 1 Pakistan A oppurtunity in last 3,4 years where he took 8 wickets in 3 List A games on UAE wickets being top wicket taker from both teams and yet never given a chance for Pakistan A again. Yet Pakpassion has interviewed him 4,5 times and not just that but you have also given his perspective on and off at PP and your Twitter handle.


    There are countless examples from recent past from Zafar, Asghar, Zeeshan, Usama & Saud when they were very new at Under 19 level.


    I also remember that when a player like Ali was knocking at the door of Pakistan Cricket and was almost certain for the next tour in 2011-2012 he got severely injured. After that only and only PP spoke for him and interviewed him when all the print & electronic media stopped giving him any sort of coverage and he got abandoned by PCB aswell.


    So you are doing a great service to Pakistan Cricket unlike those who are at the helm of Affairs.


    I wish and pray that Allah Bless you and Pakpassion with more and more Success for your +ve intent. Aameen.

    Stay Blessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #GreenRoars View Post
    Excellent, and IA he will be in our LOI squad very soon, just need to perform in Pakistan Cup. Good luck.

    What does LOI mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Though it is a profession and business for you but,


    You have never tried to cash in with Big names but you have always projected the right talent by giving them exposure and recognition through this platform. The biggest example can be of Sadaf Hussain who has only been given 1 Pakistan A oppurtunity in last 3,4 years where he took 8 wickets in 3 List A games on UAE wickets being top wicket taker from both teams and yet never given a chance for Pakistan A again. Yet Pakpassion has interviewed him 4,5 times and not just that but you have also given his perspective on and off at PP and your Twitter handle.


    There are countless examples from recent past from Zafar, Asghar, Zeeshan, Usama & Saud when they were very new at Under 19 level.


    I also remember that when a player like Ali was knocking at the door of Pakistan Cricket and was almost certain for the next tour in 2011-2012 he got severely injured. After that only and only PP spoke for him and interviewed him when all the print & electronic media stopped giving him any sort of coverage and he got abandoned by PCB aswell.


    So you are doing a great service to Pakistan Cricket unlike those who are at the helm of Affairs.


    I wish and pray that Allah Bless you and Pakpassion with more and more Success for your +ve intent. Aameen.

    Stay Blessed.
    That's true Saj you're doing great work!

    Hopefully, with the new selection committee we can push further for Sadaf Hussains selection via Pakpassion.

    Who's this Ali guy you speak of Talentspotter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KhanNn View Post
    What does LOI mean?
    Limited Over Internationals - aka ODIs and T20s

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    Fakhar Zaman, are you ready to fight corruption, nepotism, regionalism, injustice, behisi, begarti .
    If no, then keep dreaming

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    Fakhar Zaman - Hype or real substance?

    A certain section of fans tend to throw in random opener names from time to time and hype them to the sky as the next big opener. Nauman anwar, Sami Aslam etc. are victims of such hype brigades who only helped them in bringing their eventual downfall because they were not as good as the hype brigade made them look to be.

    Fakhar Zaman is the flavour of the month post Wt20 2016. Looking at his stats he has played small amount of matches. In each format including List A and First Class; he has played less than 30 matches. However, in each of the formats he has a healthy average and a good SR.

    The only issue with this data is the sample size is too small and therefore i fear that the hype brigade is yet again setting up a new player for failure as well. I think we need to tread carefully here and look out for his performance in the Pakistan Cup. I dont for one believe that he is a replacement at all for any of our openers based on current stats.

    Looking forward to the comments.

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    Interestin that he was yks second pick in the draft


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    Sami Aslam did nothing wrong. The guy averaged 50+ in List 'A' cricket and was rightfully selected. He just needs more experience, is all.

    Don't know much about Fakhar but interested to see how he goes.


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    dont like his stance at the crease its unbalanced and feet are planted by default

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bilal7 View Post
    Sami Aslam did nothing wrong. The guy averaged 50+ in List 'A' cricket and was rightfully selected. He just needs more experience, is all.

    Don't know much about Fakhar but interested to see how he goes.
    Sami should have been given a lot more chances. Another good player being wasted

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    His first impression has not been good so far , the bat comes down with an angle and the feet are not moving much at the movement. Seems to be late on most of the deliveries.

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    No feet movement, just stand and hit . No strokes to talk of , seems a hyped kid with no substance.

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    Talented, but a lot of room for improvement. He gets too low in his stance, which puts him off balance when trying to play off the back foot.


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    Fakhar seemed to have issues against the short ball. Sami and Irfan made him hop around.

    Not good signs for an opener. Still better than shezzy who slashed a wide delivery (as usual).

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    Didnt look great against pace today but still looked much much better than Shehzad. Ill take him any day over Shehzad. Unlucky dismissal he looked set for a ton


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    Fakhar seemed to have issues against the short ball. Sami and Irfan made him hop around.

    Not good signs for an opener. Still better than shezzy who slashed a wide delivery (as usual).
    No one else noticed?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    Fakhar seemed to have issues against the short ball. Sami and Irfan made him hop around.

    Not good signs for an opener. Still better than shezzy who slashed a wide delivery (as usual).

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    He has a problem due to his batting style, which seems like crouching style
    He needs little work in NCA, some more practice with good coaches, and he can become our much much better LOI opener.


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    Quote Originally Posted by #GreenRoars View Post
    He has a problem due to his batting style, which seems like crouching style
    He needs little work in NCA, some more practice with good coaches, and he can become our much much better LOI opener.
    Speaking of NCA, who will help him with these kind of technical issues? Uncle Mushi?

    This is why I was emphasising that we need batting and fast bowling coaches at NCA as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by asyed View Post
    Speaking of NCA, who will help him with these kind of technical issues? Uncle Mushi?

    This is why I was emphasising that we need batting and fast bowling coaches at NCA as well.
    Here where problem comes. There should be 2 coaches in NCA, batting and bowling coach. And tbh, that's why we are witnessing batsmen who are talented, having potential but they can't cope with their technical problems, because no one is our there to guide them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by #GreenRoars View Post
    Here where problem comes. There should be 2 coaches in NCA, batting and bowling coach. And tbh, that's why we are witnessing batsmen who are talented, having potential but they can't cope with their technical problems, because no one is our there to guide them.
    Thank you GreeenRoars, and when I said the same a day ago, raising concern about Mushi appointment at head coach but missing batting and fast bowling coaches, a genius said, Musi is appointed, because Garry Sobers wasn't available .

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    Quote Originally Posted by #GreenRoars View Post
    He has a problem due to his batting style, which seems like crouching style
    He needs little work in NCA, some more practice with good coaches, and he can become our much much better LOI opener.
    I doubt it. Especially if he continues to score runs then no one will bother. But if he gets on that plane to England then he is going to have a very very hard time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    I doubt it. Especially if he continues to score runs then no one will bother. But if he gets on that plane to England then he is going to have a very very hard time.
    Not as hard of a time as Shehzad is going to have


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Not as hard of a time as Shehzad is going to have
    Both will not like the pace and bounce of Broad and Finn. Oh boy so not looking forward to this summer.


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    Doesn't move his feet at all, expect him to fail in international cricket.

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    He's far from being as good as the hype brigade made him look like.

    Better than Shehzad, yes, but someone like Sami Aslam is a LOT better who can play pace, bounce, short ball, spin, cut shots.


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    Left hander opening batsman Fakhar Zaman looks promising;the one to watch out for

    Heard about this guy during England Lions tour and his well made 62 with a strike rate in 90s. He has good enuff strike rate and a good average on List A level. Today also he was solid and played nice shots. Hope our board does'nt ruin this guy and gives him a proper chance.



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    I think pretty much this entire forum support him unanimously. His name has been doing the rounds for a year now.

    Can bowl a few overs too.

    Think Inzi will select him.


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    Little Saeed Anwar In there... time for Azhar to take him in ODI !!!!

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    Needs to tighten up a bit. Up to Inzi to figure out if this fish will learn to swim in the deep end or held back till its ready.

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    Are there any openers with good technique in Pakistan?

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    Didnt impress me too much against pace. I think Babar/Hafeez should just be promoted to open in ODIs since they play pace very well and both are probably our best batsmen off the back foot especiall Babar. One should bat at 3 the other should open


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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    Didnt impress me too much against pace. I think Babar/Hafeez should just be promoted to open in ODIs since they play pace very well and both are probably our best batsmen off the back foot especiall Babar. One should bat at 3 the other should open
    Hafeez cannot play in non SC conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat_Track_Bully View Post
    Hafeez cannot play in non SC conditions.
    Yes the New Zealand tour never happened right. Please open your eyes. Babar and Hafeez were the only batsmen of ours who looked international quality. All tracks are flat now in ODIs and Hafeez has been one of our best ODI batsmen in recent times


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    These are really good answers. Every player who enters in Pakistan international squad has some gifted talent. We PCB fails to do is to groom these cricketers find out their weakness and bring improvement.

    A great example is Virat Kohli. Before 2016 I used to hate him because I think he was overrated, as he only had good shots but not enough technique but this year I have seen some very great techniques that he has developed that's exactly what he said in one of his interview.

    PCB gotta start grooming their batsman new or seniors. Every team has a performing batsman except Pakistan. Even Afhans got this shahzad guy who performs. We get occasional performers.

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    A breath of fresh air, looked solid.

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    Very good against spinners also decent against medium pacers but I doubt he will be successful against any one bowling 135ks+ while moving the ball.

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    Congratulations on his 50!

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    Will be a bunny against Ashwin like bowler. Also not like he is very good against pace. Will struggle against 135-140+ Skillful bowlers

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    Remind me little bit of Young Salman Butt, strong on off side, good temperament, his technique against pace is ok, need to move his feet to cover the line of the ball... He is not a stroke maker but definitely can replace Shezad, who has lot of other issues... Being left hander is a plus


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    Good inning today. He needs to score a ton to get in the reckoning.


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    Excellent batting by Shehzad (Scored at a SR of 109) and Fakhar (Scored at a SR of 90). Hope to see them as our future openers. I am still skeptical regarding Fakhar but he has been showing his good form so far. Hope he does well in future. God willing.

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    One more 60-70 run score and he will definitely be in the running.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    One more 60-70 run score and he will definitely be in the running.
    Kid has started impressing me. I really hope he is an actual quality player and not another Sharjeel, Zia type.

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    Impressive against right arm off spin, you know a left handed batsman is good when he can play an off spinner like Malik with such good control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamzakhalid View Post
    Will be a bunny against Ashwin like bowler. Also not like he is very good against pace. Will struggle against 135-140+ Skillful bowlers
    Blind analysis. Did you even see how he played Malik? Malik's off spin loop to the left handers sometimes or most of the times resembles Ashwin's, and Fakhar handled it very well.

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    Brilliant.

    Another 50 and we'll probably see him boarding the plane to England, iA.


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    Excellent fifty now need to get hundred


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    He has excellent List A Strike Rate and Average.

    Against pacers wrt international cricket he needs to work on his game.

    Should stop crouching and sometimes his bat comes from gully rather than bat flow being straight.


    If he can fix this than he can become A grade opener in international odi cricket.

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    Shoaib Malik & Younis Khan support youngsters and help and groom them and aren't selfish.


    Fakhar should be thankful to Allah and than Younis Khan after that.


    Very well done Fakhar. Very happy that he scored century in final. MashaAllah.

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    The good thing about his likely participation in the Pakistan A squad in England is that he can get acclimatised to English conditions before the ODI series which he'll now be inevitably called up for.

    Superb knock today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    He has excellent List A Strike Rate and Average.

    Against pacers wrt international cricket he needs to work on his game.

    Should stop crouching and sometimes his bat comes from gully rather than bat flow being straight.


    If he can fix this than he can become A grade opener in international odi cricket.
    He can hardly play shots on the off side, and when you cramp him for room, he keeps blocking 'or' try to hit towards mid-wicket/long on.

    Those are the areas where he plays, not saying it's that bad, but need to work on a lot of issues. Can be worked out in internationals.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TalentSpotterPk View Post
    Shoaib Malik & Younis Khan support youngsters and help and groom them and aren't selfish.


    Fakhar should be thankful to Allah and than Younis Khan after that.


    Very well done Fakhar. Very happy that he scored century in final. MashaAllah.
    But he should be thankful to Younis first since Younis might get offended and resign


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    He needs to work on his game a lot just like Sami Aslam but he is a more finished product than Sami. I still think Sami is a better future prospect


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    He Should Be In for England tour.... we need him....

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    Hope he impressed Inzi, more than his old buddy Kami...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyoOne View Post
    Hope he impressed Inzi, more than his old buddy Kami...
    And imamul haq.


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    At the very least a ODI debut next series.

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    He has to be on that plane to England

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    We shall see soon if inzi was impressed

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