Pakistan v Sri Lanka 2013-14 December 10, 2013

Usman Khan added to Pakistan T20 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan have added the uncapped left-arm seamer Usman Khan to the T20 squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka in the UAE, beginning on Wednesday. In his maiden season, the 19-year-old took 5 for 9 to help Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) beat Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in the final of the Faysal Bank T20 Cup for departments in December. He was also the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets in six games.

"I wasn't really expecting such a quick call but I am terribly lucky to have a chance after my best spell against the best players in domestic cricket," Usman told ESPNcricinfo. "I am thankful to the selectors and the PCB for picking me up.

"I don't know if this is too early for me (to play the international cricket) but what I can say is that I am bowling at my best and ready to hit the international arena. I am looking forward to the opportunity and would like to be Pakistan's surprise package against Sri Lanka."

Born in Landi Kotal, a town 1,072m above sea level in the mountain ranges of FATA, Usman was identified by Khan Research Laboratories for their inter-department Under-19 team in 2011. He later joined ZTBL, for which he made his first-class debut.

In four first-class matches, Usman has picked up 12 wickets with a best of 4 for 27. He has also taken 16 wickets in 11 T20 games.

Usman is the fifth seamer in the T20 squad and third left-armer, including Sohail Tanvir and Junaid Khan. He is expected to join the team on the morning of the first T20 in Dubai on Wednesday.

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  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    i saw his spell on youtube. This guy swings the ball a long way,you can compare him to Allan Donald of South Africa. The main thing is that if he bowls at that length and from the angle that he did in gaddafi stadium,the ball is still curving away from the right hander,or rather it appears to do so. If he does that,it will be difficult for any world class right hander to put bat on ball when he bowls.As far as test cricket is concerned i think he only needs to come round the wicket.That should solve all of his problems as some balls will swing away from the right hander and some balls will hold their line.Also because he swings the ball a lot,he can swing the ball away from middle and leg stump.Not many bowlers in international cricket can do that.So i don't think that he need to learn to swing the ball across his body.Only one swing is enough.

  • Israr on December 12, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Agreed its a good move but you got to see his stats, they only picked him on his performance on last 9 matchs, but what about the young guys who have been on the circuit for last few years with consistent performances.

    Anyhow good to see a new face, although i personally don't think he will be a match winner, too new needs more time in the domestic circuit.

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    I think it is too early to tell, he is a new guy in the squad and keep in mind that he is from an Agency too a little underdeveloped area and you know the game opportunities are not in abundance in underdeveloped areas in comparison to Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta. I think credit goes to him and people like him such as Mr. Gull and Junaid Khan to developed himself under the diversified situation. Shahid Afridi is an example but he is one of his kind and it may take years to produce a talent like him, he is an exceptional player and everybody admires & acknowledges him. I wish him all the best and pray for his wonderful success in the years to come. I remember, once Pakistan had a very young pacer Mr. Aamir who got himself trapped and lost in this world because of his immaturity. I hope that Mr. Usman Khan stays away from the hunters who must be preparing and getting ready to victimize him as soon as he hit the jackpot of Cricket.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    Hoping to see debut of another paceman inducted in international scene only from TeamGreen PAKvSL

  • Atta ur on December 11, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Pakistan is quite fortunate to have large resources of quality bowling. My friend say above that pakistan is making frequent changes. Friend this is a good sign .There lies Very tough competition among bowlers here.The best should get the chance and is the case now too

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    he will surely rock (y)

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    Good luck to both the teams,, Hope to see Paksitan Improve their T20 world ranking by clean sweeping the Srilankan tigers :p

  • Majid on December 11, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    This is extremely good move by the PCB, this is right time to groom a youngster and make him of a International level. I will be very much happy to see him Play both the T20's and more ever srilankans will be unaware of his bowling and usman can make full use of this. Come on.. Hafeez take him in. May Allah Bless Usman and Pakistan team. Ameen...

  • Amyn on December 11, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Agree 100% with Razi Khan comments about training and support on non-cricketing issues for very young boys. We do not want to loose another talented bowler. Besides, the Academy should focus on mental strengthening of young cricketers. The game has changed significantly over the last few years. Just look at the Ashes now!! Even, if you are extremely talented, but cannot take the on-field mental stress, you are an average player. We do have few very talented players in the team who are actually suffering from this stress and anxiety. Do not expect a 19 year old to express the stability and maturity of a 30 year old. They need support and its Board/Academy's role to provide this support.

  • Yasir on December 11, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Lol..I am amazed to read some of the comments.Usually people ask PCB to include youngsters in the team.People want those players to be included who perform in domestic.When PCB is going that way,still people are not happy.What do you want PCB to do..Bring in all old players in the team?