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    [VIDEO] Talent Spotter: Mohammad Haris

    A profile of a young wicket-keeper batsman from Peshawar, who has caught the eye of cricket enthusiasts with some impactful innings for the Pakistan Under-19 side.




    Name: Mohammad Haris

    Born: 30th March, 2001, Peshawar

    Major teams: Pakistan Under-19s, Peshawar Under-19s, Peshawar Region Under 19s, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Under-19s

    Batting style: Right-hand bat

    Fielding position: Wicket-keeper

    Height : 5ft 4in


    Interest in cricket and education

    Like other youngsters in Pakistan, I started playing tape-ball cricket on the streets around my home in Peshawar where I used to play cricket with my cousins and brother. Even at that time, I was very fond of batting and used to bat most of the time and wouldn’t let them take a turn so am sure they weren’t too happy about that! My mother wasn’t too keen about me playing cricket and would scold me for that, but my father had no problems as he knew that people can make a big name in this game in the same way that the likes of Aamir Sohail and Wasim Akram had done so. However, all this time, I have kept on giving first preference to my studies and am currently in the first year at Government College in Peshawar.


    Playing hardball cricket in 2014 and progress to regional Under-19 cricket

    My love for the game took me to Mazullah Khan Cricket academy in Peshawar where I started to play hard-ball cricket in 2014. This is also where I established myself as a wicket-keeper batsman and worked very hard and in 2017, I was asked to play for Peshawar District Under-19s. This was because I had earlier missed the cut-off date to be part of the Under-16s side and so went straight into the Under-19 system. I then moved onto Peshawar Region and took part in the Inter Region Under-19 One Day Tournament in 2018/19 where in 9 innings, I scored 237 runs at an average of 33.86. I also took part in the Inter Region Under-19 Three Day Tournament in 2018/19 where in 7 innings, I scored 423 runs, including 2 hundreds and one fifty at an excellent average of 60.43.


    Pakistan Under-19 tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa

    Based on my performances in regional Under-19 tournaments, I was asked to come for trials for the Pakistan Under-19s side. My first tour with the Under-19s was to Sri Lanka in May 2019 where in 4 One-Day matches, I scored 82 runs with one fifty. Based on my performances in Sri Lanka, I was selected for the next Under-19 tour of South Africa where in 7 One-Day matches I hit 275 runs which included 3 fifties. I was also named man of the match on two occasions in a series where we won all seven games. Our spirits were sky-high due to these victories as we headed for our next assignment which was the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.


    Representing Pakistan Under-19s at the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka

    The results in this tournament were disappointing for the whole side as we were knocked-out in the group stages due to defeats against Afghanistan and India. I believe playing in a tournament where you meet a new team in every game presents a difficult challenge as opposed to a series where you can get used to one opposition. All in all, it was a great learning experience for me and my teammates and I do hope we will be able to use these lessons to improve ourselves in the future. On a personal note, I was pleased about my own performances as I scored 96 runs in 3 matches which included one fifty, against some quality bowling attacks.


    Batting style and Jos Buttler as a role-model

    From my club cricket days, I have always played as a wicket-keeper-batsman. In the Pakistan Under-19 side, our captain Rohail Nazir is a wicket-keeper so I have played as a batsman, although I did pick up wickets in one of the ACC Under-19 Asia Cup games when I was asked to bowl. Jos Buttler is my role-model and I love the way he plays aggressively to score runs quickly. He messes up the planning of his opponents and seems to scare them too which is enjoyable to watch. I also play aggressively but always judge the match situation so that I play at a strike-rate which helps the team win the game. Whilst I like to play aggressively, let me say that I will have no problems in playing in all three formats of the game and would love to be part of a Pakistan Test or LOI side one day. I have been lucky to have worked with some excellent coaches at the national Under-19 level who have encouraged me to score more runs and God Willing I will have better results to show for myself in the future.


    Domestic cricket and participation in Pakistan Super League (PSL)

    I would have loved to have played in first-class cricket this season, but I suppose it was not to be. There was a chance that my name would be included in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa second XI for this season but the management chose to have Gauhar Ali in my place. It’s disappointing but not the end of the world for me as I am now looking forward to getting myself ready for selection for the Pakistan squad for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in 2020 which will take place in South Africa. Of course, like many other young players in Pakistan, I am also hoping that my performances will be noticed by one of the PSL franchises and I will get a chance to play in the next edition of the tournament as well.
    Last edited by MenInG; 21st September 2019 at 11:55.


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    More images in spoiler.




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    Is he short?

    Wicket-keepers should be small

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    Shame he isn't picked for province team like Haider Ali or Naseem Shah

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    he does not look under 19..... he more looks like a 21/22 years old

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    One to watch for the future.

    Not many cricketers who can bat, bowl and keep wicket.

    Peshawar producing plenty of cricketing talent these days.



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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Shame he isn't picked for province team like Haider Ali or Naseem Shah
    Haider ali is there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Is he short?

    Wicket-keepers should be small
    He is 5ft 4 in


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    Quote Originally Posted by Boycottisno2 View Post
    he does not look under 19..... he more looks like a 21/22 years old
    So what ?

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    Mohammad Haris not playing the National U19 tournament - he explained that the reason for this is that he has played 3 years at District level for KP so he cannot play for any provincial team - also waiting to go to China for some tour (details we will know soon)


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Mohammad Haris not playing the National U19 tournament - he explained that the reason for this is that he has played 3 years at District level for KP so he cannot play for any provincial team - also waiting to go to China for some tour (details we will know soon)
    Appointed as captain for the Pakistan U19 side to tour China.


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    Added to the U19 squad for 2020 World Cup.


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    Speaking after the Sri Lanka warmup game ahead of the U19 World Cup


    "Yes scoring runs in such games gives you a lot of confidence, and Inshallah I will hope to carry this form to the upcoming World Cup matches in the future"

    "These games have also given me an idea of the conditions here - Even in the past, I have already played 7 games in South Africa and with these 2 games, I have now played 9 games and have a good idea of conditions"

    "When the first 3 wickets fell, my intention was to keep the strike rate going and also to rotate strike so that there is no pressure on the team and to play as per the required run rate"

    "I believe that by rotating strike, you make the bowlers bowl loose deliveries and that is what I try and do"

    "I took 2 catches and also kept for all 50 overs, and this will benefit me - and if in the future its needed, I will keep and bat for the side"


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    Haris said: “ICC U19 Cricket World Cup provides a big platform for young players to graduate to the senior level and represent their country. The entire Pakistan squad is focused on delivering the goods in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.

    “Jos Butler is my favourite player and I want to play like him in the middle-order. I was into cricket from a young age. I first started playing when I was nine. My professional cricket journey began at 15 in Peshawar when I started playing club cricket.

    “I feel really lucky that I got full support from my mother. I used to anxiously wait for Sunday as we used to play a match every Sunday, sometimes for the entire day.”
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    Good innings against Zimbabwe in the U19 WC.


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    I would keep an eye out for him.

    Consistent and scores at well over a run a ball which is rare for the U-19 level.

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    Out for 81 off 51 deliveries.


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    Impressive knock, let's see how he does against the stronger teams.

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    Man of the Match vs Zimbabwe in the U19 World Cup

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    Looks like a good player who can play some big shots. Just the kind of player we need.

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    Rohail should be groomed as WK for Test and ODI -- Haris as WK for T20 -- Format specialists


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    Looks like a excellent prospect scoring over a run a ball keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canistani Hero View Post
    Rohail should be groomed as WK for Test and ODI -- Haris as WK for T20 -- Format specialists


    Based on the video Abdullah posted in post #2, I would say he is probably better 'Technically' than Rohail based on the little I have seen of the two.

    Some of the shots he played in that video are well beyond his age and experience especially the 2nd one IMO, that is as good as it gets; to be able to adjust/check the shot while moving down the pitch and still be able to hit it cleanly for a 4 is def excellent! Especially since it was not a usual ugly leg side hoick like Umar Akmal/Afridi and co.

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    There is a bit of Babar about him. Esp those pull shots

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    Doing a good job in the run-chase vs Afghanistan - needs to be there to the end.


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    He has been more impressive than Rohail Nazir. Unexpected as I was hoping big things from Rohail with the bat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Theo_14 View Post
    He has been more impressive than Rohail Nazir. Unexpected as I was hoping big thing from Rohail with the bat.
    Rohail is a hack. Should not expect much.


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    I like his mental toughness.


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    Can be a decent finisher if he keeps on improving.

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    Didn't look anything special tbh.

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    Talent and shot selection wise he is just OK, but his pressure handling and hitting skills are great for his age, let's see how he develops, reminds me of young Hamad Azam

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    Looks okay batesman but good hitter of the bowl

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    Expected to play a key role for Pakistan U19 batting today!


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    Divyansh Saxena's stunning catch to dismiss Mohammad Haris in U-19 - made 21 off 15




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    Looked very good today.

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    I like this guy. Hopefully, he can keep on carrying this form and transforms himself as a Pakistani Buttler.

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    Can be a good finisher if he keeps his head straight. I was a poor shot from him today, shot was definitely on and intention was right but when you are 4 down and still 15 odd overs to play you shouldnt be playing a sweep in the air. A well timed shot even on the ground could have given him a four but he went all out.

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    Probably the most comfortable batsman on show today for Pakistan. Was picking up singles at ease and then of course "that" catch happened.


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    His dismissal was the sort of catch that can lift a whole team. Brilliant catch.

    The lad looked a decent bat. Definitely one to watch.




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    This guy definitely looks better than Rohail, not that Rohail is looking bad.

    Has any PSL team picked him up?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    This guy definitely looks better than Rohail, not that Rohail is looking bad.

    Has any PSL team picked him up?
    I dont think so. His name was not in the emerging players list or supplementary picks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    This guy definitely looks better than Rohail, not that Rohail is looking bad.

    Has any PSL team picked him up?
    He was in the draft in emerging category but no team picked him.


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