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    Talent Spotter: Ammad Alam

    A comprehensive profile of a talented young batsman from Karachi who has put in some good displays for the Sindh 2nd XI in domestic cricket recently.




    Name: Ammad Alam

    Born: October 3, 1998, Karachi

    Major teams: Pakistan Under-19s, Omar Associates, UBL, Sindh, Karachi Kings, Port Qasim Authority, Karachi Region Blues, SSGC

    Playing role: Batsman

    Batting style: Right-hand bat


    Interest in cricket

    Like most youngsters interested in the game, I used to play tape-ball cricket around the area I used to live in which was Nazimabad in Karachi. Given my love for the game, in 2008 I was advised by my friends to join a summer camp for cricketers in the Asghar Ali Shah Academy and I then went on to join the academy where I got my first taste of hard-ball cricket. My parents didnít mind me joining the academy at that time as they didnít think that this would be a full career but later on, they understood my passion and accepted it. In 2011, I moved on to play club level cricket for Sir Syed CC where after an initial period of time where I didnít get to play too many games, I started to perform well which lead to my appearing in trials for the Karachi Regional Under-16 side, starting in 2012.


    Playing Under-16 cricket for Karachi Region

    After trialling for 3 years, I was finally selected for the regional Under-16 side in 2014. In the PCB-PEPSI Cricket Stars U-16 Two Day Tournament that year I played 5 matches, scoring 322 runs at an average of 46. In this tournament, I hit three fifties and was the 4th highest run-scorer which really filled me with pride.


    The Under-17 tour of England in 2014

    My excellent performances at the Under-16 regional level caught the eye of the selectors and I was chosen for the Pakistan Under-17 tour of England. This was the same side which contained the likes of Hassan Khan and Zeeshan Malik so I was in good company but for me this was my first overseas tour, so I didnít really have much experience of the conditions and my performances werenít that great.


    Breakthrough season in 2015 for Karachi Whites Under-19s

    I moved on from the disappointments of the Under-17 tour as I was asked to play for Karachi Whites Under-19s team where in 7 matches in the Inter Region Under-19 One Day Tournament (2015/16), I scored 157 runs. I also did well in the Inter-Region Under-19 Three Day Tournament 2015/16 where in 5 matches, I hit 426 runs which included a hundred and two fifties. I also had some excellent performances for Karachi Zone 2 in the Inter-District Under-19 Tournament in 2015 where in 6 matches, I got 407 runs, which also included a hundred and two fifties.


    The Karachi Kings PSL experience in 2017

    I missed out on selection for the Pakistan Under-19 squad for the 2016 Asia Cup due to an age restriction ruling imposed by the authorities. However, fortune was on my side as Abrar Ahmed and I were asked to appear in Karachi Kings trials for PSL in 2017. These trials took place at the same time as Abrar and I were participating in a three-day Under-19 tournament in late 2016 which was being played in Azad Kashmir. We were both called to Karachi to take part in trials for the emerging category and after attending the trials went back and waited for the results of the trials. We watched on TV as names were announced and Abrarís name was announced but my name did not come up, later on once I had gone to my room, our manager told us that my name had also been announced. I was really happy and woke my parents up in the middle of the night to give them the good news.

    I was part of the Karachi Kings squad for 2017 edition of PSL and let me say that this was an amazing experience. I didnít play any games but just sharing the dressing room with some top international names and practising in the nets with them and seeing how they prepare for games and also conduct themselves was the stuff of dreams for me.


    Joining my first departmental team, United Bank Limited (UBL) and experience of first-class cricket

    During the summer of 2017, a lot of our players were away in England playing cricket or on holidays and when a triangular One-Day series involving Habib Bank Limited (HBL), State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and UBL was arranged, I was given an opportunity to play for UBL side. In my first game versus HBL, I scored 145 and really impressed the team management and I was then given a contract of employment to play in all formats by the UBL side. It was later that year in October that I was asked to debut in First-Class cricket in the game against KRL in which I scored 56 runs.


    Chance to play the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup

    I was fortunate to be selected for the Pakistan side for the 2018 Under-19 World Cup after trials at the NCA. The selection process was very thorough with 30-35 players from Pakistan competing for a chance to represent the country in the tournament in New Zealand during January-February 2018. Whilst being selected after trials was a huge honour for me, my performances in the tournament were very disappointing even though in the build-up to the tournament, I did very well in series against Australia and New Zealand. I felt that I had the momentum with me which I could take to the World Cup, but it was not to be. I did not perform well in that tournament and that was a depressing time for me as I really had no one to share my feelings with, within the team and I felt very lonely as things werenít going according to my expectations.


    Experience of playing alongside big names at the SSGC

    With the UBL team being disbanded, I was asked to play for SSGC in the 2018 season where I played List A games in a team which had the likes of Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik. Whilst the bigger names were away for international assignments, I also got to play alongside and interact with the likes of Mohammad Amir and Usama Mir but Fawad Alam was a great help for me as he would really help me out in nets and sometimes we would practice together as well.


    Playing 2nd XI cricket for Sindh in 2019

    Thankfully, I am now doing well in the 2nd XI tournaments for Sindh. There was a time when the new setup was announced that I had no idea what the future had in store for me as I was worried that I would have no team to play in. But once I was named for the side, it became my focus to try and do as well as I can and put in good performances and thankfully, I am doing that now especially with the 144 runs I recently scored against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


    Babar Azam is my role model

    I am a great fan of the batting of Babar Azam because he plays all formats of the game with great ease. This is how I want to style myself as well so that just like Babar, I want to be able to play all formats of the game and serve Pakistan. In terms of my favourite shot and one that gives me a lot of satisfaction, I would say that I love to play the straight drive against any kind of bowler.


    Aspirations to play for Pakistan in any format where I am needed

    I do not want to be cast as a specialist in one format and consider myself able to play in all formats of the game and as per the teamís needs. I do not have any long term aims as I always set short-term goals for myself and the one I am looking ahead to now is participation in the next edition of the PSL. But like any other Pakistan cricketer, it is my ultimate aim to represent my country at the highest level of the game.


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    A very confident young man who needs to now get his head down and put in some more scores in 2nd XI tournament.


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    Needs to sort out that stance- he is batting on off and middle and that is a recipe for lbw.

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    Reminds me of some past player (a bit of a Qasim Omar maybe?), can't really figure out who but seems very confident and commits to his shots well...will be interesting to see how he will do against a moving ball (pace/spin both)

    Is he the same opener who did really well against Aussie U19 in Australia, if not then what was the name of that batsman (I liked his aggressive style of shot making)?
    Last edited by Monsee; 2nd November 2019 at 21:32.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monsee View Post
    Reminds me of some past player (a bit of a Qasim Omar maybe?), can't really figure out who but seems very confident and commits to his shots well...will be interesting to see how he will do against a moving ball (pace/spin both)

    Is he the same opener who did really well against Aussie U19 in Australia, if not then what was the name of that batsman (I liked his aggressive style of shot making)?
    No he is different his name was Zaid Alam i believe.

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    This kid is good, in fact outstanding prospect. Very good side on stance, high back-lift, impressive bat swing, bat coming down straight and playing inside out shots with full blade means front foot position is good, shift of body weight in excellent while lofting spinners and back foot pull, means his foot work is good and he has time to play shots. If his picture is recent one, then he must not have born too old.

    Next step for him is to develop defence & shot selection, so that he can survive for 6 hours in middle. What PCB needs is to hire a professional ECB/CA/CSAF level 3 batting coach for these batsmen to develop their game in a methodical way - there are too many good prospects who are not shifting last two gears to bridge the gap between dominating domestic attack to perform in international circuits.

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    Looks like a good prospect.

    Promising signs that young batsman now look up to Babar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    This kid is good, in fact outstanding prospect. Very good side on stance, high back-lift, impressive bat swing, bat coming down straight and playing inside out shots with full blade means front foot position is good, shift of body weight in excellent while lofting spinners and back foot pull, means his foot work is good and he has time to play shots. If his picture is recent one, then he must not have born too old.

    Next step for him is to develop defence & shot selection, so that he can survive for 6 hours in middle. What PCB needs is to hire a professional ECB/CA/CSAF level 3 batting coach for these batsmen to develop their game in a methodical way - there are too many good prospects who are not shifting last two gears to bridge the gap between dominating domestic attack to perform in international circuits.
    Stance is too far over, outside that your analysis is mostly accurate.

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    64 today for Sindh 2nd XI.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    Needs to sort out that stance- he is batting on off and middle and that is a recipe for lbw.
    Not necessarily. If he is good off his legs then he can do it. It helps a lot of batsmen, especially in the longer format, as they know exactly where their off stump is, so they can leave anything outiside the eyeline. He's probably good off the pads and if it works then shouldn't change it. If he gets out LBW a lot then he may need to change it.

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    Looks decent , but its really hard to get in to Sindh main XIs.

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    Sindh 332-6, 83 overs (Saifullah Bangash 116 not out, Mohammad Suleman 90, Ahsan Ali 51 retired not out; Bilawal Iqbal 3-85, Ahmed Bashir 2-61) and 106-0, 28 overs (Ammad Alam 70 not out, Jahid Ali 35 not out)



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    Let's hope he gets a ton tomorrow.

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    Said it year ago he is next babar azam in making. Hopefully he doesn't fade like many have in past

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammad Saad View Post
    Let's hope he gets a ton tomorrow.
    He made 91 (126 balls). Sindh's top-scorer so far this season despite having played 2 fewer matches than the other batsmen.


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    At least the flat pitches are allowing young batsmen to flourish at the expense terrible medium pacers and even worse spinners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bewal Express View Post
    At least the flat pitches are allowing young batsmen to flourish at the expense terrible medium pacers and even worse spinners.
    There's a few young batsmen who are doing well in the 2nd XIs.

    It will be interesting to see their progress as some of the under-performers in the 1st XIs are replaced in the next few seasons.

    Name Age Skill Team Mats Inns N.O. Runs HS AVG 100 50
    Ali Zaryab 21 years LHB Central Punjab 8 13 3 622 107 62.2 3 1
    Ammad Alam 21 years RHB Sindh 6 9 0 435 144 48.33 1 3
    Mohammad Irfan Khan 17 years RHB Central Punjab 8 12 4 434 85 54.25 0 3
    Abdullah Shafiq 20 years RHB Central Punjab 4 7 1 385 205 64.17 1 1
    Mohammad Mohsin Khan 19 years LHB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5 6 0 233 95 38.83 0 2
    Anas Mustafa 19 years LHB Southern Punjab 1 2 0 172 94 86 0 2


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    There's a few young batsmen who are doing well in the 2nd XIs.

    It will be interesting to see their progress as some of the under-performers in the 1st XIs are replaced in the next few seasons.

    Name Age Skill Team Mats Inns N.O. Runs HS AVG 100 50
    Ali Zaryab 21 years LHB Central Punjab 8 13 3 622 107 62.2 3 1
    Ammad Alam 21 years RHB Sindh 6 9 0 435 144 48.33 1 3
    Mohammad Irfan Khan 17 years RHB Central Punjab 8 12 4 434 85 54.25 0 3
    Abdullah Shafiq 20 years RHB Central Punjab 4 7 1 385 205 64.17 1 1
    Mohammad Mohsin Khan 19 years LHB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 5 6 0 233 95 38.83 0 2
    Anas Mustafa 19 years LHB Southern Punjab 1 2 0 172 94 86 0 2
    Young batsmen need flat wickets to develop and gain confidence and the new format has allowed that. We no longer have to see the likes of Sadaf, Hammad, Abbas etc run through sides on underprepared wickets. The PCB needs to find 8 young batsmen and play them in the 1st eleven.


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