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    Talent Spotter : Zeeshan Zameer

    A profile of the talented Karachi-born fast-bowler, Zeeshan Zameer, who recently replaced Akif Javed for Islamabad United in PSL 6 and has been named in the Pakistan Under-19s training camp ahead of the tour of Bangladesh.


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    Full name Zeeshan Zameer

    Date of Birth 20 December, 2002 in Karachi

    Major teams Deccan Gladiators, Islamabad United, Karachi Zone VI Under-19s

    Batting style Right-hand bat

    Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

    Height 6 ft


    Family background

    I was born in Karachi but come from a Pathan family. My father has worked as a delivery driver for a local beverage company for most of his life. We lived in a combined family system whereby 28 of us resided in one house in Nazimabad in Karachi. Given the fact that we were not well off and did not have the financial resources to spend on me to help me play cricket, everyone in our family was against my pursuing cricket as a career because they felt that I could never hope to earn well in that profession. But I persisted, never gave up and the Almighty helped me realize my dream of being a cricketer.


    Interest in cricket

    One of my cousins used to play tape-ball cricket in a field near where we used to live and I would watch him play and slowly built up my passion for the game. In 2017, a friend of mine seeing my skills with the tape-ball took me along to the Azam Khan Cricket Academy in Karachi where I got my first taste of hard-ball cricket. I was selected for Karachi Under-16s but was hit by a stress fracture of the back during the Under-16 Pentangular tournament preparation camp which badly dented my hopes for future development.


    Injury and Regrets about giving up education

    I left school in year 7 after I was selected for the Sindh Under-16 side in 2017 and then suffered a stress fracture in the back which confined me to my bed for almost 8 months. It is at that time that I felt I had made a bad decision to leave education as my future looked very bleak at that time, but the Almighty had other plans for me.


    Playing regional Under-19 cricket

    Whilst I had recovered from injury which took most of 2018, I was still very uneasy about resuming bowling, but Karachi Under-19 coach Mohammad Masroor helped and encouraged me at that time. He asked me to come to the Under-19 training camp in 2019 and I was selected to play for the Sindh Under-19s that year, but my performances were not that great. However, I had made up my mind that cricket was my life from then on and I would look to succeed in it, come what may. The proof of my new-found confidence came in 2020 when I took 19 wickets in 10 games at an average of 17 for Sindh Under-19s in the National Under-19 One Day Tournament. But unfortunately, I got injured again. This time around, it was an injury to quads and also a problem in my heel also developed. I was fortunate enough to be called to the National Cricket Academy for recovery as the PCB had taken note of my Under-19 performances and wanted to make sure that I was taken care of properly.


    Missing out on First-class debut for Sindh due to injuries

    I was called up by our Head Coach Basit Ali to play for Sindh in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in the 2020/21 season but once again, injuries meant that I was not able to bowl well in the nets and could not avail of this opportunity and had to respectfully decline. I was asked a few times to play for Sindh in First-class matches but I felt that I wasn’t fit and didn't want to risk further injury. I explained that to the Sindh team management who accepted my position.


    T10 and debut wicket of Shoaib Malik

    Having recovered from my injuries, I was invited to play for Deccan Gladiators in the 2021 edition of the T10 League where I was lucky to have Mushtaq Ahmed as our bowling coach who instilled a lot of confidence in me. But the highlight of the tournament for me was my maiden T10 wicket which was that of Shoaib Malik. This was a moment in my career which I will never forget. When Shoaib had come into bat that day, I went up to him and told him that he was my favourite player and was doubly pleased when I took his wicket as well.


    Selection for the Islamabad United squad for PSL 6

    I had just about come back after playing in the T10 tournament when news came through that I had been selected as the replacement for the injured Akif Javed in the Islamabad United squad for their PSL 6 campaign. I was absolutely thrilled by this and immediately thought about the time when I would lay in my bed due to injury in 2017/2018 when I was wondering if I would ever play cricket again. I had truly come a long way from that point and for that I am indebted to the Almighty and will always thank him for helping me.


    Working with Rumman Raees and Hassan Ali

    Once with the Islamabad squad, I was fortunate enough to have been guided by Rumman Raees and Hassan Ali who went out of their way to help me develop as a better bowler. In particular Rumman Raees taught me a lot about bowling, including the variations one needed to have to succeed in the T20 format. And even though I have yet to play a game in PSL, the feeling I got when I first walked onto the field in the National Stadium with the squad still thrills me to this day and is one that I will never forget.


    Guidance of Mushtaq Ahmed and Rao Iftikhar Anjum at the Under-19 camp ahead of tour of Bangladesh

    It’s been a great experience to work with two amazing and experienced teachers like Mushtaq Ahmed and Rao Iftikhar Anjum. Both have been great in explaining to me any mistakes I have been making in my bowling and also giving me sound advice on how to fix those issues. I am now looking forward to the upcoming tour of Bangladesh and hope that I can perform to the best of my abilities if given the chance.


    Pat Cummins as my role model

    I have only followed one bowler all my life and that is Pat Cummins, and he is my role model, to the extent that I always wear number 30 on my shirt which is his number for the Australian side. Whenever I get a chance, I watch videos of Pat Cummins in action as I really want to emulate my role model as much as I can.


    Wicket-taking deliveries and looking to increase bowling speed

    In terms of speed, I feel that I average between 140-145Kph and I am hoping to increase that even further. My wicket-taking deliveries are yorkers and bouncers and I feel that the bouncer is the one I excel in the most.


    Aspirations to play for Pakistan

    Like every other young player, it is my wish to play for Pakistan and I am hoping that I will continue to improve myself so that one day I can have the honour to represent my country.
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    Some talent this guy!






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    Batsman Mohammad Shehzad and fast bowler Zeeshan Zameer battle it out in the Pakistan U19 warm-up three-day match at the GSL.

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    IA this lad develops. He has the ability to go all the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Some talent this guy!

    Reminds me of Mohamed Zahid

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    Can the pp administration ask one very important question from him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by salahuddin10 View Post
    Can the pp administration ask one very important question from him?
    What's the question?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Saj View Post
    What's the question?
    So basically few weeks ago i met a central punjab u19 player and i asked him who is the fastest among the current batch.He named zeshan zameer.So i researched on him and was quite happy to see a youngster from humble packground being this good.But unfortunately according to his listed age he wouldnt have been able to get selected in the u19 wc 2022.But i was surprised when pcb named him in the u19 wc probable and i thought that pcb might not exactly be aware of the rule and would have to drop him before the world cup due to his age.Now suddenly his age has changed.Please ask him to teach the art of changing age to every youngster out there to make sure nobody is disadvantaged.

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    How do you post pics here?I have pics of his original dob taken from pcb site.This just isnt acceptable.Because of guys like him a lot of people with original ages cant make it.And age fudging is one the major reason because of which you dont see players coming from major schools(Lgs,Beaconhouse,Kgs,Roots)Since they can t change their age as many give their Cambridge exams and some also travel outside of Pak

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    If anyone has contact in pcb please ask them to start some type of age testing.I myself know players who are original 19 years old play in u16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by salahuddin10 View Post
    But i was surprised when pcb named him in the u19 wc probable.
    When did PCB announce the probables for U19 2022 world cup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    When did PCB announce the probables for U19 2022 world cup?
    January or December

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    Quote Originally Posted by salahuddin10 View Post
    January or December
    No U19 WC 2022 probables have been announced yet as there is almost an year to the WC so not sure what exactly are you referring to.

    Also what exactly is the rule for 2022 U19 WC? Yes for some years the cut off has been previous year’s September 1st to be below 19 but, I am not aware of the age cut off for U19 WC 2022. Kindly share the source if you have the updated information.

    Regarding his age, its same everywhere but yes the date mentioned in the interview has a 3 months difference. Maybe its an error as you can easily see his age is same on every website. If the cutoff date is before Sep 1st 2021 than he wont be eligible but at the moment I am not sure what exactly is the decided cut off for U19 WC 2022. PCB will obviously have the updated information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    I was called up by our Head Coach Basit Ali to play for Sindh in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in the 2020/21 season but once again, injuries meant that I was not able to bowl well in the nets and could not avail of this opportunity and had to respectfully decline. I was asked a few times to play for Sindh in First-class matches but I felt that I wasn’t fit and didn't want to risk further injury. I explained that to the Sindh team management who accepted my position.
    Overall good interview. I hope he is focusing on his fitness issues and is willing to work hard to gain fitness for 4 day cricket in the upcoming season or so as that is really important to learn the basics of cricket for any youngster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan24 View Post
    No U19 WC 2022 probables have been announced yet as there is almost an year to the WC so not sure what exactly are you referring to.

    Also what exactly is the rule for 2022 U19 WC? Yes for some years the cut off has been previous year’s September 1st to be below 19 but, I am not aware of the age cut off for U19 WC 2022. Kindly share the source if you have the updated information.

    Regarding his age, its same everywhere but yes the date mentioned in the interview has a 3 months difference. Maybe its an error as you can easily see his age is same on every website. If the cutoff date is before Sep 1st 2021 than he wont be eligible but at the moment I am not sure what exactly is the decided cut off for U19 WC 2022. PCB will obviously have the updated information.
    https://www.dawn.com/news/1597640 .The icc rule is that the player should beu 19 on 1st sept last year.So which means in 2022 wc all players should be below u 19 on 1st sep 2021

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    Quote Originally Posted by salahuddin10 View Post
    https://www.dawn.com/news/1597640 .The icc rule is that the player should beu 19 on 1st sept last year.So which means in 2022 wc all players should be below u 19 on 1st sep 2021
    Thanks for the source. It says “The probables who are called up are born on or after Sept 1, 2002”. So the the date mentioned in the interview can be the correct one and PCB’s website probably needs revision as it says he was born Aug 10, 2002 unless there is some exception for the difference of just 20 days from the cutoff.
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    The PCB have clearly stated in their release that:

    As per the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 age criteria, players born or after 1 September 2002 have been selected.

    PCB record on their site is wrong - we have confirmed with the player.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    The PCB have clearly stated in their release that:

    As per the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 age criteria, players born or after 1 September 2002 have been selected.

    PCB record on their site is wrong - we have confirmed with the player.
    Ofcourse the player will tell the age that suits him best.

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    Heard good things about this kid and he has been working with a good coach Mohammad Masroor since the age of 16.

    Looks like he has good pace and a good set-up.

    The concern though is that he's mentioned several injuries already including the dreaded stress fracture of the back, the same as Naseem Shah.



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    He looks taller than 6ft...


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