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    "I hope to leave for Pakistan in a few months’ time a transformed and better cricketer" : Mir Hamza

    Currently in England to play four-day and One-Day games for Sussex, 26-year-old Mir Hamza has made an impressive start to his County career. He recently debuted for Pakistan in a Test match against Australia in Abu Dhabi and already has a haul of 288 first-class wickets to his name.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Mir Hamza spoke about the reasons behind his current stint with Sussex, differences between Pakistan domestic and English County cricket, disappointment of not playing in PSL 4, his views on Jofra Archer, his aims to prove himself in the shorter formats and why he feels that Pakistan are firm favourites to win the 2019 World Cup.





    PakPassion.net: What's behind your decision to come to England to play for Sussex?

    Mir Hamza:
    To start with, it was always my objective to play cricket in England for a few months. The idea was to play as an overseas cricketer in England and to learn and understand what is expected of an overseas professional. This experience would allow me to appreciate what sort of pressures are put on overseas professionals and how one can deal with them. This sort of exposure should really help improve the quality of my game. So, when Sussex made the offer, I really had no hesitation in saying yes as I had been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. They initially made an offer for 9 first-class matches which I agreed to, but then they said that they were willing to offer me a contract to play all of the 50-Over games this season as well. This was exactly what I was looking for, so I accepted this offer too. As I am used to flatter tracks back home, bowling on bowler-friendly tracks away from home does become easier so this will be a good opportunity for me to impress. Playing in England is a dream come true for me and I hope to leave for Pakistan in a few months’ time a transformed and better cricketer.


    PakPassion.net: What sort of differences do you note between English and Pakistan domestic cricket?

    Mir Hamza:
    I can only speak about my experience with Sussex and I am assuming that the same must be true for other Counties too. What I have noted is that each player in our Sussex side knows exactly what is expected of them in terms of training and diet, without any prompting by the coaches. The players have such a level of maturity that they will come for training, carry out exactly what training and preparation they need to do without anyone standing over them to guide them. As for myself, Sussex have given me a free hand to prepare myself in the way I wish to do and I have access to some excellent support staff such as physiotherapists, batting and bowling coaches and we also have a video-analyst on call who can show you videos of your bowling. In short, they are taking care of each need of the players at Sussex and this must also be true elsewhere in other Counties too.


    PakPassion.net: How good an opportunity is this for you to learn from a coach such as Jason Gillespie?

    Mir Hamza:
    I was obviously delighted when I first received the offer from Sussex, but I was doubly happy that the coach for Sussex, Jason Gillespie, was a former world-class fast-bowler himself. If there is one coach who can understand the psyche of another fast-bowler, then Jason Gillespie is that person for sure. His style of coaching is not to impose himself on others but to help them grow in a relaxed atmosphere which is how he has been treating me. In fact, it is I who approach him to ask for advice on how to bowl in different conditions. In return, his advice is so simple that it makes cricket look so easy to me and I really appreciate that. This is a great quality in any coach, and I am pleased to say that Jason Gillespie has all these attributes I have mentioned, and I am making good use of all interactions with him.


    PakPassion.net: It must be a big honour playing at Sussex, a team that has seen some huge names in Pakistan cricket play for them in the past?

    Mir Hamza:
    Our current Prime Minister and legend, Imran Khan has played for Sussex as has Mushtaq Ahmed who performed really well for the County too. In addition, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Umar Gul and Mohammad Akram have also played for Sussex. So, for me it’s indeed an honour that my name will also be mentioned along with names of such illustrious players whenever there is any discussion on the association of Pakistanis with Sussex. Of course, having the honour of my name being mentioned in such company is great but what will make it even more special is if I can put in some good performances during my time here with Sussex.


    PakPassion.net: Does Sussex have it in them to be promoted to Division 1 of the County Championship?

    Mir Hamza:
    I have so far played two 4-Day games for Sussex in the County Championship and even though we lost the first game against Leicestershire, I can say that we have a very well-balanced squad. This extends to batting, fast-bowling, spin-bowling and fielding. From what I see, there is a hundred percent chance that we will be promoted to Division 1 as I feel that our side has the capability to achieve that. Each of our players is a good performer as we showed in our victory against Durham. This was a game being played in very difficult conditions against a side that is considered as being really strong and to beat them at their home shows clearly that Sussex are a well-balanced and capable side. One great thing about our side is that we do not rely on just one or two good players, instead we have the likes of Ollie Robinson, Chris Jordan, David Weise and myself – each of whom gets the side back on the winning track if we start to lose our way a bit. The same applies for our batsmen where Philip Salt, Stiaan van Zyl and our captain Ben Brown as well as Luke Wells have all been contributing.


    PakPassion.net: Are you disappointed that you have only played just one Test match so far for Pakistan?

    Mir Hamza:
    My approach to cricket has always revolved around trying to improve myself with every game I play and playing one Test for Pakistan does not bother me in that sense. So, it doesn’t matter if I am playing Test cricket for Pakistan or not, my aim is to be able to perform well in any match I play and obviously when I do that, I would not be excluded from the Pakistan side or any other side for that matter. Every player obviously wishes to play for his country and what I intend do is to become so good at what I do that I become a necessity for the Pakistan side so that I am able to win games and take wickets in difficult times for my country. I am working very hard to achieve this goal and looking to improve my skills and once I have got to a certain stage, then I will come back into the Pakistan side and also become a dependable member of the side.


    PakPassion.net: How much of a set-back was it it not to be selected for the Pakistan Super League this year?

    Mir Hamza:
    I have always maintained the view that a good player should always be involved in cricket. It doesn’t matter what level of cricket it is such as the national side, league matches, domestic games or a high-quality competition like the PSL, a cricketer cannot be sitting idle at any time of the year. So, this was a very tough pill to swallow for me when my peers were busy playing in the PSL this year and I was sitting at home watching these games on TV. Not playing the PSL this year was truly a difficult time for me but that is the exact reason why I have worked very hard this year to ensure that there is no reason for me to be ignored for Pakistan’s premier Twenty20 tournament again.


    PakPassion.net: There's a feeling that you seem more of a bowler suited for the longest format of the game?

    Mir Hamza:
    There is no doubt about the fact that the speed at which One-Day and Twenty20 is played is much quicker than what happens in 4-Day or Test match cricket. People have bracketed me as a 4-Day and Test match bowler as they haven’t really seen me bowl in other formats and they have usually seen me bowl more in the 4-day format in domestic cricket. With my participation in one Test match and the fact that I am playing in County Cricket, there seems to be a perception that I can only do well in the longer formats. In a sense, looking at it in a positive manner, it’s a good thing that people say that I am a good 4-Day or Test quality bowler and I am performing well in these formats too. But I will add that my One-Day record has also been good.

    Recently, I took four wickets in my List A debut for Sussex and also in the past, my performances for departments, regions and on tours for Pakistan A have been very good. Unfortunately, those good performances have not been shown on TV as domestic games don’t get so much coverage. Also, in PSL 3, where I played three games for Quetta Gladiators, whereas my performances were not extraordinary, I do feel that I did a satisfactory job picking up 3 wickets for 95 runs. Having said that, the perception about me as a specialist 4-Day or Test player exists out there but it is my aim to show everyone that this is not true. I have a lot of belief in myself and as I did recently for Sussex, I will show everyone through my performances that I am also a good bowler in the One-Day and Twenty20 formats.


    PakPassion.net: What are your impressions about your Quetta Gladiators and Sussex team-mate, Jofra Archer? Do you feel he should be playing the World Cup for England?

    Mir Hamza:
    From what I saw of him during PSL 3 when he played a few games for Quetta Gladiators with us, I really admire his bowling style as his action is clean, smooth and effortless and to be honest, it is difficult to understand how he can generate so much pace from that. He is a world-class bowler in terms of One-Day and the Twenty format as he also has the height and the variations which can trouble batsmen. It’s difficult to say whether he should be in the England World Cup squad or not as the fact is that England has other bowlers who are in the same class as Archer. So, understandably, there is a lot of competition for places but all I can say is that Jofra Archer is a world-class bowler who will definitely perform very well, if selected for England.


    PakPassion.net: Will the 5 ODIs that Pakistan play against England give them an advantage in the upcoming World Cup?

    Mir Hamza:
    To get 5 ODIs in the same country as where Pakistan will be playing in the 2019 World Cup will certainly be advantageous for our side as all batsmen or bowlers, whether in form or not, will get a fair idea of how to score runs and get wickets in English conditions. As is, our morale will be very high because this Pakistan side has many players who won the Champions Trophy here in 2017. One can say that if Pakistan win the ODI series against England, the level of confidence will be sky-high, and they will start the World Cup in very good form.


    PakPassion.net: Do Pakistan have the capability to win the upcoming World Cup?

    Mir Hamza:
    As someone who believes in his team, I would say that Pakistan are strong favourites to win the 2019 World Cup. The reason for this is also based on the fact that sides which have been able to get reverse-swing have done really well in England. Almost every fast-bowler in the Pakistan side is capable of bowling reverse swing. So, if we are unable to put up a good score then we have the type of bowlers who can restrict any side in the world to a low total and win the game. In terms of batting, we have batsmen such as Fakhar Zaman who can take the fight to the opposition right at the beginning of the innings. All of these factors make Pakistan firm favourites to win the World Cup.

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    You should have asked him about his bowling speed, and whether he is working on increasing his speed.

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    Always liked him

    Don’t think he’ll ever be a top, top bowler but can be Ryan Sidebottom level bowler for us

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    Mir should focus on his bowling skills instead of his speed.

    M Asif didn’t have speed but the skills, Mir needs to follow his bowling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sher Khan View Post
    You should have asked him about his bowling speed, and whether he is working on increasing his speed.
    Yes, his lack of pace is holding him back from becoming a front line fast bowler for Pakistan, everything else is fine with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    Yes, his lack of pace is holding him back from becoming a front line fast bowler for Pakistan, everything else is fine with him.
    And that's what they said about Abbas too.


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    Seems like a Likeable guy with a good head on his shoulders.
    Sussex probably has the best wickets and conditions for fast bowlers. Hopefully he can come back a better bowler. Although he didn't look too bad in his only international outing either.

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    I've heard this spiel from countless players over the years.

    If you haven't got the skills by age 22-23, you never will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    And that's what they said about Abbas too.
    Well, they were right after all. After all, abbas has been exposed very early on in his career.

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    He seems to be enjoying this spell in county cricket.

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    I reckon this spell with Sussex could really benefit with him. There's a huge difference in Pakistan domestic cricket and English county cricket and the facilities etc are so much better in English County Cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sher Khan View Post
    Well, they were right after all. After all, abbas has been exposed very early on in his career.
    Exposed?

    Look at his Test bowling stats.

    He was also in the 2018 ICC Test team of the year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    Exposed?

    Look at his Test bowling stats.

    He was also in the 2018 ICC Test team of the year.
    Well, he didn’t perform when it mattered in the SA series on bowling friendly pitches. In my view, batsmen have worked him out. Not to play across the line to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sher Khan View Post
    Well, he didn’t perform when it mattered in the SA series on bowling friendly pitches. In my view, batsmen have worked him out. Not to play across the line to him.
    He wasn't in top form in the series and was coming back from a injury the bouncier wickets didn't suit him aswell he's a wicket to wicket bowler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cric1234 View Post
    He wasn't in top form in the series and was coming back from a injury the bouncier wickets didn't suit him aswell he's a wicket to wicket bowler.
    Okay, let’s see how he does in future series. But I don’t have much hope from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sher Khan View Post
    Well, he didn’t perform when it mattered in the SA series on bowling friendly pitches. In my view, batsmen have worked him out. Not to play across the line to him.
    So one poor series and batsmen have worked him out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    So one poor series and batsmen have worked him out.
    Unfortunately a Pakistani player cannot have a bad game/series without being labelled as a one trick pony or "being worked out".

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    Expensive in his last couple of List A games but should enjoy FC more.

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    Turns 27.

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    Mir Hamza 4/97 for Sindh vs Balochistan in the QEA


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    Hamza has had a very poor season

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    Mediocre bowler. Just like Imran khan senior. So, Misbah might select him after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    Turns 27.
    Turns “27”

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    Another player who probably had a good chance of making it to the England bound squad but ignored.


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    Mir Hamza was another player discarded after a series which is unfortunate. I thought he had a good season with Sussex and someone with experience of bowling in English conditions, would have been a good pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    Mir Hamza was another player discarded after a series which is unfortunate. I thought he had a good season with Sussex and someone with experience of bowling in English conditions, would have been a good pick.
    Tbh even if he went with the squad dont see him playing ahead of shaheen abbas or naseem

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    Tbh even if he went with the squad dont see him playing ahead of shaheen abbas or naseem
    True but he would be a good option. Specially since this is the first cricket were playing in a long time and we don't know what condition our players will be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    True but he would be a good option. Specially since this is the first cricket were playing in a long time and we don't know what condition our players will be.
    I dont think he will play for Pakistan tbh ehsan and sameen gull will

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    Turns 28 today - time ticking by for Hamza.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    True but he would be a good option. Specially since this is the first cricket were playing in a long time and we don't know what condition our players will be.
    I'd rather have sameen gull

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    Sindh beat Northern by seven wickets at the State Bank Stadium

    Northern 186 all out, 44.2 overs (Asif Ali 66, Sohail Tanvir 49; Danish Aziz 3-23, Mir Hamza 3-36)
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    QEA21: Round 3, Day 2

    Sindh’s Mir Hamza added one more wicket on Thursday to finish with four for 65.


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    QeA Round 7, Day 4:

    Over at the State Bank of Pakistan Stadium in the match between Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which was live streamed on PCB’s YouTube channel, left-armer Mir Hamza’s stunning six-wicket haul helped Sindh register their second successive victory of the season as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were defeated by 127 runs.

    Resuming their second innings at 13 for no loss (258-run target), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were rolled over for 130 runs shortly after lunch on the final day.

    Hamza generated seam and swing and bowled a probing spell making regular inroads. Captain Iftikhar Ahmed (44 off 61 balls, seven fours) was KP’s top-scorer with Sahibzada Farhan contributing 39.

    Hamza collected the 27th five-wicket haul of his career, he was ably support by pacer Mohammad Hasnain who took two wickets.


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    Always felt that he could have played more times for Pakistan than he actually did.

    Just perhaps lacked that consistency and little bit extra in his bowling.


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    Good One By Mir Hamza

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    Bowling really well. Bringing the ball back in right handers.

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    Impressive for Hamza to take this key wicket



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    His bowling vs Islamabad



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    Mir Hamza has been phenomenal with the ball today beautiful bowling under pressure .

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    Mir Hamza who wasn't initially picked by any of the PSL franchises:

    4-27-4
    4-24-2
    4-31-1

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    Has done very well, could be a good backup for the frontline pakistan quicks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manunited18 View Post
    Has done very well, could be a good backup for the frontline pakistan quicks.
    He can easily replace Hasan Ali in LOIs.


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    Considering the dearth of test pacers in Pak atm, he would be better suited as the third seamer with SSA and Hasan. Abbas is out steam, Haris Rauf is inexperienced. Naseem Shah needs more games.
    He should have played more after his debut especially once Amir and Wahab retired.

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    His wickets against Lahore:








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    He has done really well.

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    For someone who wasn't even picked, he has done incredibly well and easily been Karachi's best bowler. If the Karachi Kings management have any brain cells left they will retain him.

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    Not good enough with his 125ks of pace.He can swing the ball but not enough pace like Waqas maqsood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricVet View Post
    He can easily replace Hasan Ali in LOIs.
    T20, Shaheen, Rauf, Naseem/ zaman/ dhani
    Test, Shaheen, Hasan ali, Abbas
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    I think this lad is one of the most improved medium fast bowlers in Pakistan.

    I somehow feel he can add 5 mph if wanted to. There is something about him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    I think this lad is one of the most improved medium fast bowlers in Pakistan.

    I somehow feel he can add 5 mph if wanted to. There is something about him.
    Isn't it? I believe is action and rhythm might allow him an extra 5-7 mph, if he increases his arm speed. I didn't see the flick of the wrist either in this action.

    He bowls really good and gets good shape. But i don't understand why doesn't he go for some little extra pace. Seems to deliberately bowl slow. Improved bowler nonetheless

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    Quote Originally Posted by Villager6964 View Post
    Not good enough with his 125ks of pace.He can swing the ball but not enough pace like Waqas maqsood.
    Yeah exactly this. He will be another Abbas, and Abbas is arguably superior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manunited18 View Post
    T20, Shaheen, Rauf, Naseem/ zaman/ dhani
    Test, Shaheen, Hasan ali, Abbas
    Odis, Shaheen, Rauf, Naseem/ dhani/ zaman
    All the players you mentioned in LOI squad barring Afridi are unproven at international stage. Rauf has played less than 10 ODIs. Even Afridi has to be given breaks. I believe we can reintroduce him in a T20 international bilateral. Shaheen needs to play strictly in tests/meaningful games - the rest can be rotated if perform well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Villager6964 View Post
    Not good enough with his 125ks of pace.He can swing the ball but not enough pace like Waqas maqsood.
    Where you got that 125 ? He was bowling 133-136 range , which is not Abbas/Faheem/Waqas like .

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    He bowled a peach of a delivery to Shaun Marsh in the test match against Australia in 2018. He was rewarded by being dropped for the tour to South Africa in 2019 where the likes of Amir, Shaheen, Abbas were trundling in the pacy South African conditions.

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    He is an ideal bowler for England, SA and NZ conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moghul View Post
    Where you got that 125 ? He was bowling 133-136 range , which is not Abbas/Faheem/Waqas like .
    LOL no. Just watch the match. i saw him trundling at 127ks in a T20 match and i m sure he is significantly slower in the first class matches.Faheem is surely quicker than this trundler.

    He is gonna be like Abbas with less skills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitthestump View Post
    Yeah exactly this. He will be another Abbas, and Abbas is arguably superior.
    Yeah true he will be like Abbas but surely Abbas has got more skills than this trundler.

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    All this talk about increasing his arm speed will bring 5mph LOL. If he ain't got them fast twitch fibres he ain't putting on 5mph , it's as simple as that.

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    Muzaffarabad Tigers' Mir Hamza was declared player of the match for his economical spell against Bagh Stallions in KPL2


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    There have been questions over why left-arm pacer Mir Hamza was not included when Shaheen Afridi is not part of the squad, as he is a like-to-like replacement of the latter.

    Mir Hamza has only played four games in the ongoing 2022-23 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and is also not part of the Sindh side for the final round match of the competition.

    As per PCB sources, Mir Hamza's foot is injured and was not considered for selection. While confirming the injury of the 30-year-old, the selection committee can not include an unfit player in the team and performers with full fitness have been prioritized in team selection.


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