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    Talent Spotter : Omair Yousuf

    A comprehensive profile of a young opening batsman from Karachi who has already shown a penchant for big scores in his short, but fruitful domestic cricket career.




    Full name: Omair Bin Yousuf

    Born: December 27, 1998, Karachi

    Major teams: Pakistan Under-19s, Karachi Whites

    Batting style: Right-hand bat

    Height: 5ft 7.5in


    Interest in cricket

    I started playing cricket in the streets near my home with my brothers and friends. No one in my close family had ever played cricket at any formal level so I suppose the interest in the game was purely from within myself. I was also lucky that I had a lot of support from my family and they never discouraged me from pursuing my dream of becoming a cricketer. I did carry on my education and completed O’ Levels at Karachi High School as I feel that education is also important for any cricketer.


    Playing hard-ball cricket at KPT academy

    I joined the Karachi Port Trust Academy at the end of 2014 and had my first taste of hard-ball cricket. This was a difficult time for me as I wouldn’t get enough opportunities to bat and then I was also asked to bat in the lower middle-order which wasn’t something I wanted for myself. However, any opportunity to play cricket was good, so I didn’t complain about it.


    KMC-KCCA Inter-zonal Under-17 cricket tournament

    I was a little unlucky that I could not get into Under-16 cricket as at that time I was busy with my exams, but I got my chance to play in Under-17 cricket when I went for a trial and I was selected and shortlisted to play for a side. I showed my talent by becoming the highest scorer in the tournament in which I scored almost 500 runs which included a few centuries.


    Moving on to Under-19 level

    I then moved up to District Under-19 level cricket in 2016 and then moved to Under-19 Region level cricket. In the One-Day tournament, I finished as the third-highest run-scorer with 325 runs in 7 innings including 4 fifties. This resulted in my inclusion in a high-performance camp at the NCA for Under-19s but sadly, I was not selected for the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh that year which was very disappointing. But all was not lost, and I played at the Under-19 level again and scored almost 1200 runs in 2017 in the Inter Region U-19 One-Day and Three-Day tournaments, including 5 hundreds and 4 fifties. This time, I was picked for the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup which was held in Malaysia in 2017. My performances in that tournament were nothing special but the experience I gained was very useful.


    A memorable first-class debut for Karachi Whites

    Due to my performances in 2017, last year I was recommended for trials at Karachi Whites to play first-class cricket for the first time. This was a huge opportunity for me and a big jump in terms of quality of cricket from the Under-19 level. But I did not disappoint my team as in my debut game against ZTBL, I scored 135 runs and my century helped my side to an innings victory in that game. I have to admit that I was very nervous, but I was given a lot of encouragement by my team mates, my confidence grew as the innings progressed, and I was able to get to a memorable hundred. I was very happy that at the end of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 2018/19, I had scored 582 runs in 8 matches which included 2 big hundreds. To play alongside some top-class players such as Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Sami and Anwar Ali was an honour and also a great experience.


    Participation in the Karachi Kings ‘Karachi ke Shehzade’ talent hunt in 2017

    I had hopes to play in the Pakistan Super League as I was the top scorer with 142 runs in 4 innings but unfortunately nothing came of it as I was not picked for the Karachi Kings squad which was very disappointing.


    Role models and favourite players

    Amongst the Pakistan batsmen, I really like watching and look to emulate the likes of Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam. Obviously when one talks about non-Pakistan players then Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Martin Guptill and Hashim Amla are all big names in international cricket and all of them are my favourites too.


    Favourite run-scoring shots

    As an opener, I love to play cut shots and like to drive the fast-bowlers but for spinners my preferred method of attack is to come down the wicket as that gets me the most runs.


    Ambitions to play Test cricket for Pakistan

    I have always prided myself on the ability to play long innings and even though I have a good record in the shorter formats of the game, I would like to play Test cricket for my country. I learnt my cricket in Pakistan and it will be a great honour for me to serve my country by playing for the national team.


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    Not surprising Karachi are still producing decent batsmen these days - pitches in the South are good batting strips that allows you to spend time at the crease and construct an innings.

    In Northern Punjab, FC matches have become a total lottery on anti-cricket wickets where it's impossible to develop young batsmen.

    This kid has made a really strong start to his FC career though still needs technical work. He and a group of 6-7 other top young batsmen should be called up to the NCA for intensive 1:1 coaching. Don't let them rot in the system where domestic coaches will teach them bathroom squatting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Not surprising Karachi are still producing decent batsmen these days - pitches in the South are good batting strips that allows you to spend time at the crease and construct an innings.

    In Northern Punjab, FC matches have become a total lottery on anti-cricket wickets where it's impossible to develop young batsmen.

    This kid has made a really strong start to his FC career though still needs technical work. He and a group of 6-7 other top young batsmen should be called up to the NCA for intensive 1:1 coaching. Don't let them rot in the system where domestic coaches will teach them bathroom squatting.
    This. He is lucky to play for Karachi as they have the best batting pitch. Nevertheless he has done well considering his age. PCB really should take a few of these batsman under their wing to fix technical problems.

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    With that one pull shot, you can see the lad has something but the system is clogged up with mediocrity and we will probably see him in 8 years time playing for the A team

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Not surprising Karachi are still producing decent batsmen these days - pitches in the South are good batting strips that allows you to spend time at the crease and construct an innings.

    In Northern Punjab, FC matches have become a total lottery on anti-cricket wickets where it's impossible to develop young batsmen.

    This kid has made a really strong start to his FC career though still needs technical work. He and a group of 6-7 other top young batsmen should be called up to the NCA for intensive 1:1 coaching. Don't let them rot in the system where domestic coaches will teach them bathroom squatting.
    How many of these "decent" batsmen have made it to the side though. The two brightest stars Saud and Saad are as far from selection as you and me. However, 32 averaging Imam ul-haq had no problem wlatzing his way into the side.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post

    Like his batting style, very stylish. Should be given ample opportunities, we need to identify test class batsmen early. & PSL is not the place for it

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    Players for the test team should be picked purely on the basis off first class performance.

    Although I really like these players I have to admit, Shadab, Faheem, Hasan, Shaheen and Fakhar are all players we found from the PSL, they performed well in limited overs and the selectors blindly selected them for tests too. In tests you need technically correct batsmen with an ability to analyze and correctly execute plans, players that can only play 50 overs are not mentally capable of this.

    With all respect to Babar Azam who is one of my favourites, he was also selected based on limited over form and definitely not for his domestic stats. Babar Azam is an excellent prospect which is why he paid off however others are wasted investments.

    If we can pick players who are performing well in first class for the test team then we will do well, Omair Yousuf is only 20 and has a magnificent cover drive, if we give players like him opportunities it will be much more beneficial for pakistan cricket rather than picking PSL specialists.

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    Ahmed Shahzad with more control on pull shots & strokes with straight bat. Also, loved that shot on the rise, while the ball was on good length.

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    The problem with current domestic cricket is:

    -We aren't producing lethal bowlers, which in turn doesnt reveal weakness of our domestic batsmen. This goes in a cycle, and part of the reason why we are spiraling downwards. At the time shoaib, Wasim & Waqar were in the team, we had better batsmen too.

    The remaining blame goes to ******/sifarish culture in our cricket, which is just an extension of what usually happens in Pakistan. Due to that, talented lads don't get a chance. Hopefully, PSL will change that.

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    This kid is something special, mind you he is just 19 look at his game feels like some veteran playing. This is natural talent. If he was in India they would've written several articles calling him the second Gavaskar. He has more shots than the pitiful seniors in our test team.
    This is the debut century Omair made against ZTBL


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    @Chief Destroyer what do you think? Guy stands tall, doesn't seem to be crouching.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post

    Domestic 'coaches' already tinkering with his technique... Batting with a lot more open and front on stance than in previous video.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Square Drive View Post
    @Chief Destroyer what do you think? Guy stands tall, doesn't seem to be crouching.
    Good potential. Needs fine-tuning.


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    Much better balance in the latest video.


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    Looks good against the short ball. Which is rare for Pak batsmen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Much better balance in the latest video.
    The one where he scored 92?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khan12 View Post
    The one where he scored 92?
    Yes, he's playing within his range and not reaching for balls.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    Much better balance in the latest video.
    I've asked him about changes to his stance etc.

    He said that he opened his stance up in this match due to there being mainly lefties in the opposition bowling.



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    Where’s this guy now?

    Seems like a decent prospect.

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    Sad state of affairs when young players only have the PSL as a platform to get noticed by selectors. Hoping against hope that PZ or IU snap this guy up as their extra pick. Looks class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boi View Post
    Sad state of affairs when young players only have the PSL as a platform to get noticed by selectors. Hoping against hope that PZ or IU snap this guy up as their extra pick. Looks class.
    Inzi only does his job for the 4 weeks of the PSL. How many players has he inducted in the side that weren't a product of PSL. I can only think of Fahim Ashraf or Imam ul-Haq(was itching to induct him anyway)


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    You can be a bradman in Pakistan but u wont get selected if you cant hit 3 consecutive sixes in PSL.
    So my boy yousuf all you need to learn in cricket is cross-batted slogs to remain in contention


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