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    Talent Spotter : Imran Rafiq

    A comprehensive profile of a young batsman from Dera Ghazi Khan who has been one of the best performers in the 2018 edition of Pakistan's premier first-class tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.




    Full name: Mohammad Imran Rafiq

    Born: November 3, 1996, Dera Ghazi Khan

    Major teams: Pakistan Under-19s, SNGPL, Multan Region

    Batting style: Left-hand bat

    Height: 5ft 5in


    Getting into Cricket

    I remember as a youngster, my uncles were really into cricket and they were always playing the game and I would watch them closely and that's how I got into playing. They didn't play professionally but were decent club cricketers and not only did they play a lot of cricket but talked about it a lot. So from watching my uncles, my interest built up.


    Club cricket

    Initially I played for my school team and a friend of mine played for a local club in Dera Ghazi Khan and he suggested that I join the club that he played for too. I went along, joined the local club as I wanted to get the opportunity to play more cricket whilst also studying. The facilities were not very good there but it was fun and they were good days. I got a good grounding of cricket in a pretty competitive environment and I will always appreciate the help and hard work of the coach there who was called Riaz. Even to this day I go to Riaz sahib for advice on my batting.


    Under-16 Regional cricket

    After being spotted whilst playing club cricket at the junior level, I was selected for Multan Region Under-16s where I performed well. As a result of consistent performances with the bat at the Under-16 level, I was sent to the National Cricket Academy in Lahore to work with the coaches there and get the opportunity to train with the best coaches in Pakistan and use the best facilities.


    The Under-19 level

    After performing well at the Under-16 level, the natural progression was to move up to the Under-19 level. This step-up went well and I scored heavily at the Under-19 level, making 900+ runs in U-19 tournaments during 2013/14. The national selectors and coaches were impressed so I was then selected for Pakistan Under-19s. I was picked for the Under-19 World Cup in UAE in 2014, but I didn't really get a chance here as I was up against Sami Aslam and Imam-ul-Haq. I just played a warm-up match against Australia Under-19s and UAE Under-19s. I have also toured Sri Lanka and Kenya with Pakistan Under-19s.


    Pakistan Under-17s

    I came back from the Under-19 World Cup in UAE in 2014 and was appointed as captain of the Pakistan Under-17s for the tour of England. This tour went really well for me and I was named Man of the Series after a run of consistent scores.


    Grade II cricket

    After the Under-17 and Under-19 level of cricket I signed for Multan Region in Grade II cricket. I was the top scorer for Multan Region in the 2016/2017 Quaid-e-Azam Grade II tournament, and second-highest overall in the tournament with 562 runs in 6 matches. This was huge as it was early days for me in Grade II cricket and a big jump from junior cricket. I played against the Faisalabad Region team which included Misbah-ul-Haq and scored a century against them in the final, 130* out of a total of 245. Misbah was very impressed and asked me to sign for his first-class team SNGPL.


    SNGPL

    Having done well at the Under-19 level and in Grade II, my name was being mentioned by a few first-class teams but I joined SNGPL after Misbah suggested that I sign for them. Sadly, I only played 2 matches whilst at SNGPL and that was down to their strength in depth in terms of players they have available. They had the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq in their squad and they have huge resources at their disposal. But it was a great experience to learn from the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan and Iftikhar Ahmed.


    Multan Region

    After leaving SNGPL, I came back to Multan Region, my home region, who by now were back in first-class cricket. This season has been brilliant for me so far and I am amongst the top-scorers in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. The season has been superb so far and I hope that my good form continues.


    Heroes and role-models

    As a left-handed batsman myself, from Pakistan my favourite batsman is Salman Butt. My all-time favourite player though is the Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara whose style and temperament really impress me. I'm also a huge fan of Virat Kohli, he is just a superb role-model for all cricketers around the world.


    Areas to improve

    Initially, I had a problem against left-arm spinners but I feel that was just a phase in my batting that I was going through. I would get set and then get dismissed by a spinner, but I've rectified that issue and am feeling a lot more confident and in control against spinners.


    Future dreams and ambitions

    I always believe in hard work and getting the rewards for your hard work. I have always dreamt of playing for Pakistan. When you have played for your country at junior levels then all you want to do is to play for your nation at the highest level of cricket. The competition is tough and you are up against the best in your country, but I have self-belief and confidence in my ability. I have had to work hard through the system in Pakistan cricket and nothing has come easy. I have performed at all levels so far and I am confident I will continue to do this. The aim is for consistent performances in domestic cricket, selection for Pakistan A and then for my country.


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    Last edited by Abdullah719; 20th October 2018 at 08:42.


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    Difficult to think that he will not be in a Pakistan team soon - wish there was a FC equivalent of PSL for such batsmen.


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    well he plays for multan who wont last too long so its difficult for him to maintain that 2nd position in highest runns list

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    The Group Stage is over and he finishes at 2nd position in the top-scorers' list. Multan have been knocked out, so that's the end of his QeA Trophy journey for the season, probably.


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    His role-model is Salman Butt...

    Seriously!!!!

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    He should be in the Emerging Asia Cup squad. I believe it's U23 tournament - this'll be my squad

    3 Openers: Z Malik, Imran Rafiq, Sami Aslam
    3 Middle Order: Saud (C) - I am backing on Ul Haq that Saud won't be picked for SAF, Khushdil Shah, Saif Badar
    1 WK: R Nazir
    2 All-rounders: K Ghulam, Amad Butt
    2 Spinners: Zafar Gohar, Usama Mir
    4 Pacers: Sameen Gul, Arshad Iqbal, Naseem Shah, Golam Mudassar (I hope Afridi is taken to SAF, rather than SRL - otherwise, he replaces Mudassar).

    Stand by: Anas Mustafa (haven't seen, but for a 18 years old, stats are great), Tauseeq Shah, Umair Masood

    May be, they'll allow 3-4 over 23 players - in that case, randomly they can take out 3-4 players and add Iftekhar, Rahat, Shan & Wahab .... in that order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    He should be in the Emerging Asia Cup squad. I believe it's U23 tournament - this'll be my squad

    3 Openers: Z Malik, Imran Rafiq, Sami Aslam
    3 Middle Order: Saud (C) - I am backing on Ul Haq that Saud won't be picked for SAF, Khushdil Shah, Saif Badar
    1 WK: R Nazir
    2 All-rounders: K Ghulam, Amad Butt
    2 Spinners: Zafar Gohar, Usama Mir
    4 Pacers: Sameen Gul, Arshad Iqbal, Naseem Shah, Golam Mudassar (I hope Afridi is taken to SAF, rather than SRL - otherwise, he replaces Mudassar).

    Stand by: Anas Mustafa (haven't seen, but for a 18 years old, stats are great), Tauseeq Shah, Umair Masood

    May be, they'll allow 3-4 over 23 players - in that case, randomly they can take out 3-4 players and add Iftekhar, Rahat, Shan & Wahab .... in that order.
    Good squad, but I don't rate Khushdil tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    He should be in the Emerging Asia Cup squad. I believe it's U23 tournament - this'll be my squad

    3 Openers: Z Malik, Imran Rafiq, Sami Aslam
    3 Middle Order: Saud (C) - I am backing on Ul Haq that Saud won't be picked for SAF, Khushdil Shah, Saif Badar
    1 WK: R Nazir
    2 All-rounders: K Ghulam, Amad Butt
    2 Spinners: Zafar Gohar, Usama Mir
    4 Pacers: Sameen Gul, Arshad Iqbal, Naseem Shah, Golam Mudassar (I hope Afridi is taken to SAF, rather than SRL - otherwise, he replaces Mudassar).

    Stand by: Anas Mustafa (haven't seen, but for a 18 years old, stats are great), Tauseeq Shah, Umair Masood

    May be, they'll allow 3-4 over 23 players - in that case, randomly they can take out 3-4 players and add Iftekhar, Rahat, Shan & Wahab .... in that order.
    Danish Aziz is another I'd select, good lower order bat. Would keep Sami Aslam out too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Khan View Post
    His role-model is Salman Butt...

    Seriously!!!!
    Mainly due to the fact that he is a top-order leftie like himself.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet Drive View Post
    Danish Aziz is another I'd select, good lower order bat. Would keep Sami Aslam out too.
    Khusdil's List A record is excellent (48/93), and he is among few I have seen who can blast it instantly in middle overs. In last 12 months, he has scored like 1100 runs at 55+, and I am sure SR is higher than 100. Scored 4 hundreds, and I don't think he bats in top.

    D Aziz is almost similar age, but lot inferior stats (31/91). Last 1 years, he has scored like 420 @ 42 - I haven't seen him, therefore can't comment; but Khusdil is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Khusdil's List A record is excellent (48/93), and he is among few I have seen who can blast it instantly in middle overs. In last 12 months, he has scored like 1100 runs at 55+, and I am sure SR is higher than 100. Scored 4 hundreds, and I don't think he bats in top.

    D Aziz is almost similar age, but lot inferior stats (31/91). Last 1 years, he has scored like 420 @ 42 - I haven't seen him, therefore can't comment; but Khusdil is good.
    danish aziz is pure class if you watch him in flow you would like him as for khushdil is concern he is no way near international material he is more of domestic bulley like khurram manzoor,iftikhar ahmed

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Khusdil's List A record is excellent (48/93), and he is among few I have seen who can blast it instantly in middle overs. In last 12 months, he has scored like 1100 runs at 55+, and I am sure SR is higher than 100. Scored 4 hundreds, and I don't think he bats in top.

    D Aziz is almost similar age, but lot inferior stats (31/91). Last 1 years, he has scored like 420 @ 42 - I haven't seen him, therefore can't comment; but Khusdil is good.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cA2LHe_Vz8

    to win the final for his team. Seen him score in pressure situations like that a lot. Can't see many other mid to lower order batsmen bat like Danish.

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    Batting really well at the moment for Multan in QF of QEA


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    Scored 70 today but his team Multan lost to KRL.



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    Any video?


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