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    Sadaf Hussain appeals to Najam Sethi for a chance

    Left arm fast bowler appeals to Najam Sethi for a chance

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    Despite impressive showing at the domestic circuit, left arm fast bowler Sadaf Hussain remains unsuccessful in impressing the Pakistan cricket selectors.

    The Chakwal-born bowler has appealed to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi and the PCB’s top management to give him a chance at the international level.

    “I only want to say that my bowling records speak for itself, but I would like to appeal to chairman Sethi and other decision makers in Pakistan cricket to see my performance and give me a chance so I could prove myself at the highest level,” said Sadaf, quoted local media.

    With 353 wickets in first class cricket, including 24 five wicket hauls and five 10-wicket hauls, the 28-year-old Hussain looks good enough for an international call.

    Earlier, batsman Fawad Alam, who was another top performer at the domestic level, was reported to be in consideration of selectors for his much awaited international return.

    https://www.brecorder.com/2017/12/07...-for-a-chance/

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    The guy is 6'5" and possess some of the best ever domestic records/figures -

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    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    First-class 73 132 13113 6422 353 9/37 15/154 18.19 2.93 37.1 19 24 5
    List A 46 46 2352 1906 99 5/27 5/27 19.25 4.86 23.7 7 3 0

    These are insane figures in any standard for almost a 10 years career. Question is - why this guy isn't picked by PSL, by BPL, by PAK's domestic draft cricket, Dhaka league (which has a robust scouting network in IND, PAK & SRL), even by PAK cup with his outstanding List A stats? He complains about some local influential guy against him - but for a decade he is based in 2 clubs of Pindi - KRL or the regional team. This must have some missing dots........
    @DRsohail, @Hasan123, @Abdullah719, @Markhor, @Square Drive , @Chief Destroyer, @Arham_PakFan, and anyone who can add value to this thread - please post possible reason (s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    The guy is 6'5" and possess some of the best ever domestic records/figures -

    Bowling averages
    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    First-class 73 132 13113 6422 353 9/37 15/154 18.19 2.93 37.1 19 24 5
    List A 46 46 2352 1906 99 5/27 5/27 19.25 4.86 23.7 7 3 0

    These are insane figures in any standard for almost a 10 years career. Question is - why this guy isn't picked by PSL, by BPL, by PAK's domestic draft cricket, Dhaka league (which has a robust scouting network in IND, PAK & SRL), even by PAK cup with his outstanding List A stats? He complains about some local influential guy against him - but for a decade he is based in 2 clubs of Pindi - KRL or the regional team. This must have some missing dots........
    @DRsohail, @Hasan123, @Abdullah719, @Markhor, @Square Drive , @Chief Destroyer, @Arham_PakFan, and anyone who can add value to this thread - please post possible reason (s).
    I have been one of his biggest supporter but i have some doubts,,this guy is operating in 125kph and has fitness issues,,
    i will not be surprised if he turns out to be slower than ABBAS but agian Abbas is playing so why not him.

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    His stats really are quite unbelievable.He was called up for the West Indies tour in 2011 but never played in a single game and since then has never been near the national side.

    The other thing that is unbelievable is,like MMHS said.he has never played enough cricket in the limelight.I don’t ever recall seeing him on a televised LO match.He went unpicked in the last 2 Pakistan Cups and all 3 PSLs.It’s hard to understand why he’s ignored continuously,seeing his stats.All of our past and current selectors have ignored him and he hasn’t even played for Pakistan A(I may be wrong).
    He has also been observed by 2 different coaches(Waqar and recently Mickey) who have not picked him,meaning they are not impressed by his bowling/fitness or both.He has failed fitness tests in the past as well.I’ve also heard rumors about Shakeel Shaikh having a grudge against him for some reason.

    I am not a fan of his bowling style,but regardless of that I think he should have gotten a fair chance.His stats merit his inclusion.That is what domestics are for,after all.The best performers deserve a shot at the international level.
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    In-depth interview with Sadaf Hussain coming soon to PakPassion.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    In-depth interview with Sadaf Hussain coming soon to PakPassion.
    When he went to the NCA, was he able to pass the fitness tests?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    The guy is 6'5" and possess some of the best ever domestic records/figures -

    Bowling averages
    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    First-class 73 132 13113 6422 353 9/37 15/154 18.19 2.93 37.1 19 24 5
    List A 46 46 2352 1906 99 5/27 5/27 19.25 4.86 23.7 7 3 0

    These are insane figures in any standard for almost a 10 years career. Question is - why this guy isn't picked by PSL, by BPL, by PAK's domestic draft cricket, Dhaka league (which has a robust scouting network in IND, PAK & SRL), even by PAK cup with his outstanding List A stats? He complains about some local influential guy against him - but for a decade he is based in 2 clubs of Pindi - KRL or the regional team. This must have some missing dots........
    @DRsohail, @Hasan123, @Abdullah719, @Markhor, @Square Drive , @Chief Destroyer, @Arham_PakFan, and anyone who can add value to this thread - please post possible reason (s).
    Not sure why he hasn't had a go. Could be his lack of batting, fitness,or fielding? Not sure if he has any connections?

    He has deserved a chance since 2011.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    His stats really are quite unbelievable.He was called up for the West Indies tour in 2011 but never played in a single game and since then has never been near the national side.

    The other thing that is unbelievable is,like MMHS said.he has never played enough cricket in the limelight.I don’t ever recall seeing him on a televised LO match.He went unpicked in the last 2 Pakistan Cups and all 3 PSLs.It’s hard to understand why he’s ignored continuously,seeing his stats.All of our past and current selectors have ignored him and he hasn’t even played for Pakistan A(I may be wrong).
    He has also been observed by 2 different coaches(Waqar and recently Mickey) who have not picked him,meaning they are not impressed by his bowling/fitness or both.He has failed fitness tests in the past as well.I’ve also heard rumors about Shakeel Shaikh having a grudge against him for some reason.

    I am not a fan of his bowling style,but regardless of that I think he should have gotten a fair chance.His stats merit his inclusion.That is what domestics are for,after all.The best performers deserve a shot at the international level.
    Two A series I believe, was Man of the Series for both of them. Grudges go far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Yorker View Post
    Two A series I believe, was Man of the Series for both of them. Grudges go far.
    The injustice meted out to him is truly horrible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    The guy is 6'5" and possess some of the best ever domestic records/figures -

    Bowling averages
    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    First-class 73 132 13113 6422 353 9/37 15/154 18.19 2.93 37.1 19 24 5
    List A 46 46 2352 1906 99 5/27 5/27 19.25 4.86 23.7 7 3 0

    These are insane figures in any standard for almost a 10 years career. Question is - why this guy isn't picked by PSL, by BPL, by PAK's domestic draft cricket, Dhaka league (which has a robust scouting network in IND, PAK & SRL), even by PAK cup with his outstanding List A stats? He complains about some local influential guy against him - but for a decade he is based in 2 clubs of Pindi - KRL or the regional team. This must have some missing dots........
    @DRsohail, @Hasan123, @Abdullah719, @Markhor, @Square Drive , @Chief Destroyer, @Arham_PakFan, and anyone who can add value to this thread - please post possible reason (s).
    I don't know tbh. One can only speculate but no player is denied opportunity from all ends if they're actually any good. Even Abbas managed to break through. Personally, having seen him bowl, I would not select him either but on merit I would have given a few chances. He has played one or two televised domestic tournaments, failed to impress and hasn't been selected since.


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    Poor fitness, poor batting, or poor fielding don't matter in this case.

    His stats in FC cricket are unmatched during the same period. How can a bowler like that not even get a single opportunity before writing him off?

    Shocking mistreatment. It's ten times worse than what has happened to Fawad Alam.


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    Folks, welcome to the desi world of safarish where merit lurks in the shadows, why are people even surprised?


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    I have seen him bowling and I'm not impressed.

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    Ship has sailed on him, too old now. Plus folk who have seen him say he's not as great as the numbers suggest

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Ship has sailed on him, too old now. Plus folk who have seen him say he's not as great as the numbers suggest
    Folks said the same thing after seeing Steve Smith.

    You have to give these guys chances or meritocracy goes out the window. Even if he fails horribly, you're still showing every other prospect that merit matters.

    As of right now, the only path I see being used is "perform in the PSL and we'll pick you." That's silly and no way to build a team since anyone can play well for a few weeks.


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    Well he's clearly been paying attention to the antics of the Akmals and Ahmed Shehzad, a bit of public moaning tends to get you in the side

    What's weird is that for someone supposedly so good he never got a game in the PSL either. Same for Fawad. Regardless of whether they're suited to the format or not, given their domestic giant status you think someone would give them a shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitthestump View Post
    Well he's clearly been paying attention to the antics of the Akmals and Ahmed Shehzad, a bit of public moaning tends to get you in the side

    What's weird is that for someone supposedly so good he never got a game in the PSL either. Same for Fawad. Regardless of whether they're suited to the format or not, given their domestic giant status you think someone would give them a shot.
    Why would you spend money on a test player #Fawad to play T20 :s This doesn't make sense. Fawad should be in the test team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitthestump View Post
    Well he's clearly been paying attention to the antics of the Akmals and Ahmed Shehzad, a bit of public moaning tends to get you in the side

    What's weird is that for someone supposedly so good he never got a game in the PSL either. Same for Fawad. Regardless of whether they're suited to the format or not, given their domestic giant status you think someone would give them a shot.
    could very easily be that he did something at some point to annoy someone in the PCB.. may have caused all of his paths to be blocked

    never underestimate the level of corruption in the PCB
    Last edited by hadi123; 8th December 2017 at 17:17.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arham_PakFan View Post
    he hasn’t even played for Pakistan A(I may be wrong).
    He played for Pakistan A and was the top wicket taker but dropped in the next series.


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    Not surprising to see posters surprised here on Sadaf's exclusion. After all hardly few have spent large part of their lives in Pakistan and those who have are mostly well off guys and ddn't have to deal with the day to day problems.

    Mind you Sadaf was there in Pakistan's squad against WI and even after first 3 odis Waqar Younis didnt give him a chance. Same Waqar who backed Rahat Ali and Wahab for years with poor output. Same Waqar under whose nose 3 Pakistani major players were caught fixing and he didnt have a clue. You expect merit from such people.?

    Sorry but this is not Aus, or Eng.
    Last edited by giri26; 8th December 2017 at 01:06.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hitthestump View Post

    What's weird is that for someone supposedly so good he never got a game in the PSL either.
    He is not a t20 specialist. Lets not mix formats here please.

    Here are Sadaf's FC stats year by year copied from twitter. I rest my case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    The guy is 6'5" and possess some of the best ever domestic records/figures -

    Bowling averages
    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
    First-class 73 132 13113 6422 353 9/37 15/154 18.19 2.93 37.1 19 24 5
    List A 46 46 2352 1906 99 5/27 5/27 19.25 4.86 23.7 7 3 0

    These are insane figures in any standard for almost a 10 years career. Question is - why this guy isn't picked by PSL, by BPL, by PAK's domestic draft cricket, Dhaka league (which has a robust scouting network in IND, PAK & SRL), even by PAK cup with his outstanding List A stats? He complains about some local influential guy against him - but for a decade he is based in 2 clubs of Pindi - KRL or the regional team. This must have some missing dots........
    @DRsohail, @Hasan123, @Abdullah719, @Markhor, @Square Drive , @Chief Destroyer, @Arham_PakFan, and anyone who can add value to this thread - please post possible reason (s).
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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    I have seen him bowling and I'm not impressed.
    What any of us think or feel about his bowling does not matter.The fact is that he has amazing stats and deserved a go.

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    540/42 in 7 matches this season @ 12 per scalp.

    Deserves a chance.


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    Do not know who this guy is, but Pak’s Bowling attack is at an all time high. Even the backups are world beaters when given a chance.

    Unless this guy is the next Akram, he will not get a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingusama92 View Post
    Folks said the same thing after seeing Steve Smith.

    You have to give these guys chances or meritocracy goes out the window. Even if he fails horribly, you're still showing every other prospect that merit matters.

    As of right now, the only path I see being used is "perform in the PSL and we'll pick you." That's silly and no way to build a team since anyone can play well for a few weeks.
    That's a fair point I suppose, not denying that he deserves a look because he has earned that. He's in the same boat as Fawad but he has received more chances then Sadaf although that's not really saying much lol


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    I think he’s had some misfortune in his private life and then missed a few domestic seasons and played for a Mickey Mouse club in uk (burslem) of all places. This has obviously set him back a bit and it will take time to claw back good will. No denying his figures though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    Do not know who this guy is, but Pak’s Bowling attack is at an all time high. Even the backups are world beaters when given a chance.

    Unless this guy is the next Akram, he will not get a chance.
    Test level bowling is mediocre


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    He is not a t20 specialist. Lets not mix formats here please.
    He's never been given the chance to play a domestic T20, so at the moment nobody knows whether he is a T20 specialist or not.



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