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    "More A tours are needed to help develop Pakistani cricketers" : Saud Shakeel

    Considered as one of the brightest young batting talents in Pakistan, Saud Shakeel recently starred in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for PTV. He is placed fourth on the tournament run-scorers' list at the conclusion of the group stage with 488 runs in 7 games including one hundred and four fifties. The 22-year-old has already scored five first-class hundreds and averages an impressive 43 in first-class cricket.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Saud spoke about his experience of playing for PTV in the 2017/18 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, how participation in A tours had aided his development and his dreams of representing Pakistan at the highest level.




    PakPassion.net: How has the experience been of playing for PTV during this season's Quaid-e-Azam Trophy?

    Saud Shakeel:
    It was an excellent few weeks with PTV during this season. As you know, I am currently the fourth highest scorer in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy so I feel that I have accomplished a lot and of course, I could have done more but I am satisfied with my performance. PTV lost their first-class status in 2014, but we regained it in 2017 after excellent performances at Grade 2 level, and returned to the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for the 2017–18 tournament. We had new management under Dr. Nauman Niaz which guided us really well throughout, however the overall performance of the team was below par which is disappointing as we did not make it to the Super 8 round. I am sure if given another opportunity, we will improve in the future and give a better account of ourselves.


    PakPassion.net: Was the weight of expectations something you were able to cope within the PTV team?

    Saud Shakeel:
    I felt very happy that the team was relying on my previous first-class experience as I had been playing at this level of cricket since 2015. Whilst that did add an extra layer of responsibility on my shoulders, I tried my best to put in my hundred percent effort to help my team and thankfully, the Almighty helped me in achieving my aims. From my side, I wanted to make sure that I could justify the trust put in my abilities and I feel that I have gone some way in doing that.


    PakPassion.net: Did you feel that this season has been crucial in helping you further develop your batting abilities?

    Saud Shakeel:
    As a cricketer and especially as a batsman, you learn from every innings you play so improvement is a constant process. This season, I was lucky to have the former Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Wasim as our Head Coach and throughout this season he has guided me and helped me improve so much. I felt much more comfortable playing with the guidance I was getting and am sure I have more to learn from him in the future.


    PakPassion.net: There has been criticism of pitches during this season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, do you agree with that?

    Saud Shakeel:
    As far as the pitches were concerned, they were a mixed-bag. Of course, we had a tough time in our last game which was against KRL in Rawalpindi where we were bowled out for a paltry 37. The pitch there was tough to play on as our score indicates but the Dukes ball being used this season also compounded the problem on a pitch which was providing assistance to the bowlers. But I will say that on the whole we got pitches which were decent to bat on. I understand that there were problems on some pitches as was the case in the games that the teams in the other pool encountered. I believe SNGPL, the team under Misbah-ul-Haq, suffered due to some tough pitches, but we were lucky that our pool games were, by and large, unaffected by the quality of the surfaces.


    PakPassion.net: You mentioned the use of Dukes cricket ball for domestic cricket in this season, how different does it behave from the Grays ball which was used previously?

    Saud Shakeel:
    I have always felt that the construction of the Grays ball does not assist the bowlers in terms of seam movement. The Dukes ball in contrast has a more pronounced, almost an upright seam which helps to make life difficult for batsmen as it assists seam bowlers considerably. In my case, I had already seen and experienced the Dukes ball during the Pakistan A tour of England in the summer of 2016 so it wasn’t that much of a surprise for me. In Pakistani conditions too, the Dukes ball is a handful for batsmen to handle especially on helpful pitches. To be honest, there isn’t much of a difference in facing either Grays or Dukes as both types of balls present unique challenges. Ideally speaking, Kookaburra is the ball that most Pakistan batsmen prefer to face in their home conditions as it allows them better chances of scoring.


    PakPassion.net: How was the experience of playing alongside the likes of Hasan Raza and Tabish Khan?

    Saud Shakeel:
    Our captain Hasan Raza is a vastly experienced player and he has also represented Pakistan as well. I was very fortunate to have an opportunity to be in the same team and played under his captaincy in this season. It was a most enjoyable experience as he never let anyone feel that they were juniors to him. His support for all of us in the team was amazing and much appreciated by all of us. He was always at hand to help us iron out any issues in our techniques or to advise us on how to plan out our innings in different conditions. With Tabish Khan, there isn’t much more to say apart from the fact that he is a world-class bowler who now has over 500 wickets in first-class cricket which is a huge achievement. It was amazing watching him bowl for us and to be frank, we would have done much better this season if Tabish had better support from the other end.


    PakPassion.net: Who were the toughest bowlers you have faced this season?

    Saud Shakeel:
    The quality of all bowlers we faced this season was very good and shows you that playing first-class cricket in Pakistan is a tough assignment. In our match against UBL, we came across some excellent bowling by Mir Hamza who pretty much had us on the ropes. He picked up 12 wickets in that game which settled the game for us. In that game, Mir Hamza was supported by the likes of Sohail Khan and Ehsan Adil who are excellent bowlers in their own right which did not make our lives any easier at all. UBL are lucky to have a complete package like that in terms of their bowling resources and all of these bowlers support each other to the fullest. This bowling partnership makes the trio one of the best bowling attacks in domestic cricket at the moment.


    PakPassion.net: You were part of the A teams last year, how was that experience?

    Saud Shakeel:
    As a young and aspiring cricketer, there can be no better experience than being part of an A team to represent your country. The tour of England with the A team in 2016 was an amazing opportunity for me to get an idea of how playing international cricket feels like. Whilst I did not score as many runs as I would have wanted to, it was an eye-opener for me in terms of knowing what was needed in terms of hard-work required to play top-level international cricket in the future.


    PakPassion.net: Given the importance of this level of cricket, will you be interested in taking part in more A tours?

    Saud Shakeel:
    Absolutely, if given the chance I will be the first one to put my hand up to participate in A tours. We had a couple of those tours last year but there is no indication that there are more planned for this year. I do feel that other nations conduct A tours more frequently than we do. More A tours are needed to help develop Pakistani cricketers and we should be following the example of other nations as such tours are crucial for the development of up and coming cricketers. This level of cricket is just one step away from international cricket and these are great opportunities to learn for youngsters. If you look at the bowling attack that Sri Lanka fielded in the recent series against Pakistan, some of the players like Lahiru Gamage had played against us in the summer during the tri-series involving England Lions, Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A. This clearly shows that players who take part in A tours can easily play an important role in the senior teams as well. The confidence you gain from playing in A tours not only helps a player move up to the national team but also makes it easy to adapt to the demands of top-level cricket.


    PakPassion.net: Which format of the game do you prefer and would like to pursue more in the future?

    Saud Shakeel:
    I have no preference for one format or the other. I feel that each format of the game, whether short or four-day, has its own demands and presents a new challenge. The limited overs format is enjoyable for the audience and the players alike and I like it too. My wish is to play equally well in all formats and I do know that there is a lot of hard-work involved in accomplishing that goal which I am ready to do. I understand that there are some experts who feel that playing limited overs cricket has a negative effect on a player’s ability to play the longer format. I do not agree with that opinion. Limited overs cricket is all about improvisation which is the need for that format and it’s a different mindset when you play that style of cricket. I would say that a limited overs batsman can also find a place in four-day games as the game has moved on and scoring rates have increased as has the level of improvisations. The four-day game is not being played in the slowish manner which we used to see in the old days so the batting style has taken something from the shorter formats for sure.


    PakPassion.net: What would it mean for you to play for Pakistan if you got the chance?

    Saud Shakeel:
    Like anyone in my position would agree, it would be a dream come true for me should I get a call to represent my country. But until that day arrives, I am also very much interested in playing in the PSL which is a great way for young players to be noticed and show their skills. I am hopeful that given my current form and previous record, one of the franchises will pick me for the next PSL tournament.


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    Video of his recent 71 in Round 7 of QeA Trophy.



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    Good player, hope he keeps up the runs and gets a Pakistan call up soon

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    I've seen him in England twice.

    Once on the Pakistan Under 19 tour where Sami Aslam was captain and more recently in 2016 on the Pakistan A tour last year and he looked a very compact and competent batsman.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I've seen him in England twice.

    Once on the Pakistan Under 19 tour where Sami Aslam was captain and more recently in 2016 on the Pakistan A tour last year and he looked a very compact and competent batsman.
    any chance fo him to play in psl?? though he is not suitable for shorter format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    I've seen him in England twice.

    Once on the Pakistan Under 19 tour where Sami Aslam was captain and more recently in 2016 on the Pakistan A tour last year and he looked a very compact and competent batsman.
    Don't you think he changed his technique judging from his latest video?

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    PTV lucky to have him in their line-up as things could have been worse without him. Looks like a solid prospect for Pakistan.


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    One to keep any eye on. Agree on Pakistan needing more A tours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRsohail View Post
    any chance fo him to play in psl?? though he is not suitable for shorter format.
    Looks more of a longer format player to me at the moment.



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    Some very typical "Pakistani batting traits" seem to have crept into his game now after spending time in domestic cricket. It is for the worse i'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRsohail View Post
    any chance fo him to play in psl?? though he is not suitable for shorter format.
    Named in Emerging players list for PSL 3 Draft


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    Looks good

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    A pity that he does not get to bat at his ideal position in domestic LO’s due to various reasons.I remember when he first popped up a couple of years ago,was very highly regarded.Hopefully his more than decent performance this first-class season helps him in the future.

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    has to show in psl now though not his format to flourish.

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    He is pure class. Some poor footwork has crept into his game, but he is young yet.

    This season in QeA he finally came of age. Still needs to score daddy hundreds and be consistent in both innings but given the terrible pitches I am not too worried about this.

    He is such a special talent and will become a mainstay of the middle order if given a proper chance. Strong off his legs and his cover drive is Sangakarra-esque. Inzi should keep selecting him for any A tours.

    T20 is not his best format but his selection for QG in the PSL should do him a world of good and improve his S/R and shot making. Also he will develop brilliantly under the captaincy of Sarfaraz. In KK's talent hunt he ended as second highest scorer at a S/R of 110 which, whilst a little low, reflects the poor pitches the tournament was held on.

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    Good lad is Saud.

    All the best in the future for him.



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    * NBP STADIUM, KARACHI

    PTV 244-10 in 49.5 overs: (Hasan Raza 97, 118 balls, 10x4s, Saud Shakeel 41, 41 balls, 6x4s, Nihal Mansoor 36, 75 balls, 3x4s, Ali Khan 28, 26 balls, 3x4s, Raza Hassan 4-49, Bilal Asif 1-30)

    NBP 237-10 in 50 overs: (Naved Yasin 69, 85 balls, 3x4s, 1x6, Ehsan Ali 38, 48 balls, 7x4s, Haris Ali 37, 48 balls, 5x4s, Rameez Raja 28, 27 balls, 3x4s, 1x6, Muhammad Irfan 4-45, Saud Shakeel 3-31)


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    I have to see his technique now because it seemed to have changed last time i saw him. He is a solid solid prospect nevertheless. Extremely competent.

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    PCB are too busy milking the PSL and launching fruitless legal battles instead on focusing on its appalling domestic pitches or arranging a proper schedule for its A team.

    Even Sri Lanka and West Indies boards are better in this regard.

    An A tour against quality opposition would be ideal to test the likes of Saud Shakeel and Saad Ali.

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    Another good game, 3 wickets and 41runs with bat.
    He is proving to be more than useful bowler.


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    Needs to play longer innings to be taken seriously.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarfarazian92 View Post
    Needs to play longer innings to be taken seriously.
    94 today against a WAPDA bowling lineup with Asif and Wahab.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    94 today against a WAPDA bowling lineup with Asif and Wahab.
    Good. Needs to keep improving.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    94 today against a WAPDA bowling lineup with Asif and Wahab.
    Any clips? This guy is the real deal.

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    Currently best all-rounder of the One Day Cup which is a pleasant surprise.

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    Saud Shakeel scored 82 off 98 today in a winning cause against KRL

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    Too bad he doesn't get enough chances in televised tournaments. PTV might run a do-numbri sports channel but kudos to them for giving chances to youngsters.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Saud Shakeel scored 82 off 98 today in a winning cause against KRL
    Should be our number 4or 6

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    Nice 47 runs as PTV Captain in semi-final of OD Cup but should have scored more.


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    Are we looking at Pakistan's future captain?


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    Just saw a video of his. His technique has deteriorated beyond words as compared to his u19 days. I know he is scoring runs but What happened to his natural flair and flow? Not sure what to make of him now.

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    Seemed nothing special in the recently concluded OD cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madplayer View Post
    Just saw a video of his. His technique has deteriorated beyond words as compared to his u19 days. I know he is scoring runs but What happened to his natural flair and flow? Not sure what to make of him now.
    Pretty much what happens to every young batsman who spends a lot of time playing in these sorry excuses for first class matches

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    Quote Originally Posted by static View Post
    Pretty much what happens to every young batsman who spends a lot of time playing in these sorry excuses for first class matches
    He looked like a touch player back then, a real elegant left hander and i rated him higher than sami aslam even that time. His technique now look like a typical Pakistani technique which is no good at all. What he had naturally has been taken from him.

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    Can anybody tell me what is the possible reason of lack of A team tours?
    What about India; how many A tours they make each year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SARJ_BD View Post
    Can anybody tell me what is the possible reason of lack of A team tours?
    The board doesn't care.


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    His offside game seems to have deteriorated. Was looking to play everything on the on side. He got a few outside edges because of that.

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    Saud hit 134* off 122 balls today in a successful chase of 320+


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Saud hit 134* off 122 balls today in a successful chase of 320+
    and 10 over 2 wicket 48 run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Saud hit 134* off 122 balls today in a successful chase of 320+
    Any vids?

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    Looks to be a quality knock seeing scoreacrd,,in a run chase where his strike is above 100 with just 15 fours means that 60 percent runs scored with singles and doubles.. @MMHS .

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    In PSL he has to bat as an opener to maximize his chances otherwise he has no chance under revolutionary INzi who will be bringing shan and asad for next tour surely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRsohail View Post
    In PSL he has to bat as an opener to maximize his chances otherwise he has no chance under revolutionary INzi who will be bringing shan and asad for next tour surely.
    Which team is he a part of?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Which team is he a part of?
    Mean QG.SAAD ALI is also there plus umar amin.

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    He looked so classy and technically very elegant during his U19 days. Saw him again in the recently televised OD cup and that class and elegance was all lacking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brilliance View Post
    He looked so classy and technically very elegant during his U19 days. Saw him again in the recently televised OD cup and that class and elegance was all lacking.
    Quad e Azam trophy for you.

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    Fata Region 320-8 in 50 overs: (Khushdil Shah 96, 85 balls, 8x4s, 1x6, Mukhtar Ahmed 77, 69 balls, 7x4s, 3x6s, Fawad Khan 52, 55 balls, 5x4s, 4x6s, Ahsan Hafeez Bhatti 39, 49 balls, 3x4s, Saud Shakeel 2-48,Yasir Ali 2-49)

    Rawalpindi Region 324-5 in 49-5 overs: (Saud Shakeel 134*, 122 balls, 15x4s, 1x6, Iftikhar Ahmed 91, 89 balls, 9x4s, 1x6, Behram Khan 35, 28 balls, 4x4s, Zeeshan Malik 23, 22 balls, 3x4s, Sohail Akhtar 2-27)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRsohail View Post
    Looks to be a quality knock seeing scoreacrd,,in a run chase where his strike is above 100 with just 15 fours means that 60 percent runs scored with singles and doubles.. @MMHS .
    Very stylish indeed - must have worked on bowling as well. Not A tours - he should be in National squad now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Very stylish indeed - must have worked on bowling as well. Not A tours - he should be in National squad now.
    Yes a good psl can only do it but he will be on bench,,plus not a t20 player and if play will be batting down the order,Basit ali was making hin number 7 inList A.

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    Good knock by him. Good to see his working on his bowling. Adding another string to his bow. More Pakistan players should work on there weaker suit and also look to improve there fielding.

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    Quality knock. Was missing a big hundred this season in the One Day format so this is really impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madplayer View Post
    Any vids?
    Doubtful but will add if I find any.


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    One of the better upcoming batsmen from Karachi. Hope he doesn't fall victim to the crouch technique.


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    Saud Shakeel, the batsman

    I don't often enjoy watching Pakistani domestic matches due to the woeful quality. But today, I am pleasantly surprised to see the batting of Saud Shakeel. He looks very calm and composed at the crease despite chasing a massive target. Played some proper cricket shots and occupied the crease. I have a feeling this young man could be an exciting prospect for the Pakistan top middle order.

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    @Abdullah719 can you please post video of his innings today.

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    He needs to be in the side or atleast the squad. He is Haris Sohail 2.0
    Last edited by Abdullah719; 9th February 2018 at 17:18.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DRsohail View Post
    @Abdullah719 can you please post video of his innings today.


    Sorry for the delay.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post


    Sorry for the delay.
    Ah yes... the 1970s quality by PTV with the constant buzzing sound and misalignment between sight and sound.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Ah yes... the 1970s quality by PTV with the constant buzzing sound and misalignment between sight and sound.


    Also the lavish green looking outfield and the players running around with pot bellies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana Mastana View Post
    Also the lavish green looking outfield and the players running around with pot bellies.
    And the camera angle from long-on at ground level


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Ah yes... the 1970s quality by PTV with the constant buzzing sound and misalignment between sight and sound.

    The buzzing was generated by a sound issue on my side, I think.

    Quote Originally Posted by Deewana Mastana View Post
    Also the lavish green looking outfield and the players running around with pot bellies.
    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    And the camera angle from long-on at ground level
    These are legit though.


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    All sad and done, Shakeel is very classy. I especially like his ability to late adjust, however, he is going on the front foot too early some teams might pepper him with short pitched bowling.


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    Saud Shakeel scored 108* today. I hope he is selected for the upcoming Pakistan A matches against New Zealand & England Lions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeeraq View Post
    Saud Shakeel scored 108* today. I hope he is selected for the upcoming Pakistan A matches against New Zealand & England Lions.
    I hope so too.

    Really talented batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    He is pure class. Some poor footwork has crept into his game, but he is young yet.

    This season in QeA he finally came of age. Still needs to score daddy hundreds and be consistent in both innings but given the terrible pitches I am not too worried about this.

    He is such a special talent and will become a mainstay of the middle order if given a proper chance. Strong off his legs and his cover drive is Sangakarra-esque. Inzi should keep selecting him for any A tours.

    T20 is not his best format but his selection for QG in the PSL should do him a world of good and improve his S/R and shot making. Also he will develop brilliantly under the captaincy of Sarfaraz. In KK's talent hunt he ended as second highest scorer at a S/R of 110 which, whilst a little low, reflects the poor pitches the tournament was held on.
    Starting where he left off from last season it seems.

    Pure class. Only a matter of time before he dons the national colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Starting where he left off from last season it seems.

    Pure class. Only a matter of time before he dons the national colours.
    This season so far (most recent first):

    52 (FC v Lahore Blues)
    33* (List A v Multan)
    108* (FC v Multan)
    42 (FC v Multan)

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    And now 78 in the second innings v Lahore Blues.

    Going from strength to strength.

    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    This season so far (most recent first):

    52 (FC v Lahore Blues)
    33* (List A v Multan)
    108* (FC v Multan)
    42 (FC v Multan)

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    If this kid is not picked for the Test squad (not A team - that stage has passed), then someone should ask Ul Haq straight and force him to answer straight, no playing around words. He is definitely better than Imam, senior as well (played U19 in earlier tournament) and he can bowl as well. Babar & FZ opener with Saud at 3 is much better than Imam/Shan, FZ & Babar.

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    Inzi is actually a big supporter of Saud. Was picking Saud for A tours right at the start of his career (which some criticised him for) and stuck with him even when Saud struggled.

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    I will be interested to see if Saud is a touch player like Ganguly because that is my perception based on scorecards and never having seen him play.

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    Has been in excellent form the last two seasons or so across all formats. It's brilliant he has backed up his talent with performances- shows real maturity.

    That said, one thing he needs to work on is how he plays the short ball.

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    Suad Shakeel 82*, 104 balls, 5x4s, 1x6, playing for PTV against Lahore Region Blues .


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