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    Talent Spotter : Khushdil Shah

    A profile of Khushdil Shah, a talented young batsman who has been picked by Peshawar Zalmi for PSL 2017.




    Full name Khushdil Shah

    Born February 7, 1995, Bannu, North-West Frontier Province

    Major teams FATA, FATA Cheetas

    Batting style Left-hand bat


    Interest in cricket

    I used to play tape-ball cricket in the streets around my home and initially there was a lot of opposition to my enthusiasm to play the game. The elders were of the view that I should work on my education so that I could get a good job and support my family who weren’t that well off. My cousin, Fawad Khan, who was a cricketer himself stepped in and encouraged me to continue with cricket as he could see a lot of potential in me.


    Club Cricket

    On the insistence of my cousin, I started to play hard-ball cricket with the Super Star Club in Bannu but I didn’t like playing at that level and I soon gave up on that. Fawad persisted with me and got me a place in Abbottabad Under-16 trials. In fact, he literally dragged me out of my home to take part in the trials. Thankfully I was selected and I was considered the best all-rounder in 2009.


    Playing in regional Under-19

    Based on my performance in the Pepsi PCB Cricket Stars Under-16s Tournament in October 2010, I was asked to attend a regional camp in 2010. Unfortunately, despite my progress at that point, I was unable to play for Pakistan Under-19s due to an injury on my hand. I did however play in the regional Under-19s for FATA in the Inter-District Under 19 Tournament 2012.


    Playing First-class cricket for FATA

    The FATA regional team played qualifying rounds in Grade-II cricket where we beat Karachi, Faisalabad and Abbottabad and qualified to play First-class cricket in October 2015. That game was a memorable one for me as my First-class debut was against a very strong Habib Bank team which had names like Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul and Fakhar Zaman in their line-up. The game was drawn but I ended up with scores of twenty-eight and forty-three. I was nervous but then again, we had played some tough games before so I wasn’t overawed by the occasion.


    Left-arm spin and ambitions to become a batting all-rounder

    I do wish to develop my spin-bowling as well but our FATA team is pretty strong in that department. We have four excellent spinners in the team so I haven’t had that much chance to bowl or develop myself. Obviously as specialist spinners they get to bowl more but I want to develop myself as a batting all-rounder.


    Successful First-class season in 2016

    2016 turned out to be an excellent year for me. I took part in the "Kaun Bane Ga KPK Ka Champion T20 tournament" organized by the Peshawar Zalmi organization and alongside Rifatullah Mohmand, I was one of the top run-getters for FATA. This proved to be good preparation for the 2016 Quaid-e-Azam trophy. I scored very well in the first four games but then the performances tapered off as we approached the Super Eights stage. I feel that I could have scored much more but some of the pitches we got were really not conducive for batting and teams were getting out on low scores. I know that I put in a lot of hard work in preparation for this season, including participating in a Peshawar Zalmi tournament ahead of the start of the Quaid-e-Azam trophy where I was one of the top batsmen.


    Preferred Format and batting position

    Despite doing well for FATA in First-class games, I love batting in the shorter formats of the game and prefer a middle-order role in the batting line-up. This is because my team management feel that my batting is at a level where I can play an important role in building and controlling my team’s innings. They feel that I can play the big shots when necessary as well as stabilize the innings when needed.


    Favourite batsmen

    Amongst Pakistan batsmen, I absolutely love the way Sharjeel Khan plays but Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj Singh are my non-Pakistani favourites.


    Hopes of playing in the PSL for Peshawar Zalmi

    I am honoured and extremely happy that my name has been picked by Peshawar Zalmi for the upcoming PSL 2017 tournament. This has been great news for me but also family and friends have been overjoyed by the news that I could be featuring in a high-profile tournament such as the PSL. The true credit for this must go to Mohammad Akram and Shahid Afridi for their interest in my career. They had both seen me play well for the Shahid Afridi foundation team in matches held in Ramadan recently and that must have had a factor in my selection for the Zalmi team.


    Aspirations for the future

    I believe that all this hard work I am doing and have done in the past has only been done for one reason and that is to represent my country. That is all I am aiming for and you will see me put in more efforts whenever I am given a chance to try and impress selectors about my skills and talents.
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 6th January 2017 at 07:03.


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  2. #2
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    Another very confident young man but am just worried that he is more interested in the shorter form of the game


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    Wouldn't mind having a player who was suited for the shorter format, I hope he makes it into the team.

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    55 off 41 balls for FATA to start with in the Regional One-Day Cup.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Another very confident young man but am just worried that he is more interested in the shorter form of the game
    Well, considering Pakistan's long term slump in the shorter formats of the game, new players who excel in LOs are the need of the hour IMO.


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    Very good all rounder

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    Hopefully not another Awais Zia


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    108 in 114 balls for FATA v Isb in National One Day Cup Round 3 today


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    made a thread on him few years back when everyone was making fun out here on his name khushdil but not seeing his talent how he was hitting zulfi and Irfan at their peak.

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    Heard good things about this lad and he seems to be getting better.

    One to keep an eye on.



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    Made 102* today in the National OD Cup vs Lahore Whites off just 93 balls in tough batting conditions.
    He also hit 11 fours and 4 sixes.

    Just seems to be getting better and better.


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    Has also been picked up by Peshawar Zalmi.

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    Zalmi should drop sohaib maqsood and bring him in .he deserves a chance than ttf like sohaib maqsood who is

    way too inconsistent

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeed5646 View Post
    Zalmi should drop sohaib maqsood and bring him in .he deserves a chance than ttf like sohaib maqsood who is

    way too inconsistent
    PZ's selections have been pathetic. Dropped Asghar for Junaid of all people.

    And then we say no emerging batsman showed up, They don't even select such guys or give them a chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hamzakhalid View Post
    PZ's selections have been pathetic. Dropped Asghar for Junaid of all people.

    And then we say no emerging batsman showed up, They don't even select such guys or give them a chance
    Daren sammy has put down his hands to drop so called senior player hafeez who should have been dropped after first two games i hope they drop hafeez to do themselves a favor else they will struggle in batting and also disappointed with juni he should have done better but i agree asghar should never been dropped on any kind of surface or ground

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    This guy has been hard done by the Zalmi management. He is one of the best batting talents to come out of Pakistan. He is the kind of batsman required by Pakistan to play at no. 6 who can provide impetus at the end of the innings.

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    khushdil should be in the t20 squad. This should be the squad for next T20 series:

    1. Shehzad
    2. Fakhar Zaman
    3. Babar Azam
    4. Malik
    5. Sarfaraz
    6. Hasan Khan
    7. Shadab Khan
    8. Aamer Yamin
    9. Wahab Riaz
    10. Amir
    11. Hassan Ali

    Bench; Amad Butt, Rumman Raees, Khushdil Shah, Rizwan

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    Surely this lad has to get a game ? Its time to say alvida to both Hafeez and Maqsood.

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    Can't be worse than Hafeez


    "Sarfraz is like oxygen for this team" - Misbah-ul-Haq

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    Surely deserves a chance over professer and inzi junior

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    Incredible that consistent failures have been given many chances yet this guy has not been given a chance.



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    He has been hard done by the Zalmi management. He could have atleast played the last match as Zalmi had already qualified. And then we cry there is no batting talent in Pakistan when we don't give these players chances to showcase their talent.

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    He is certainly better than Hafeez and Masood.

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    I hope Zalmi loses. They're full of TTFs.

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    Him and Haris should both come in for Hafeez and Maqsood.

    Zalmi must take that gamble.

    I'd also bring Malan back in for Samuels who seems to be out of it.

    Tamim
    Kamran
    Malan
    Haris
    Shakib
    Khushdil
    Sammy
    Afridi
    Hasan
    Wahab
    Asghar

    Gun line-up.


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    Please let us see how he bats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedster777 View Post
    I hope Zalmi loses. They're full of TTFs.
    Indeed. Pathetic Stuff

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    Finally gets a game today - lets see how he does!


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    In the wrong team. Should play for Quetta

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    Disappointing day for the poor lad.


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    Rubbish!!! Looks worse than Rizwan. Have no clue against moving ball

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    Reminded me of Haris Sohail.

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    Another producy of overhype machine, who have no idea of how actual batting works.

    In his favor, we can't really rule him out after 1 match.


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