Pakistan news July 22, 2011

Usman Qadir 'desperate' to play for Pakistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

Usman Qadir, son of former Pakistan legspinner Abdul Qadir, is eager to play for his country but is happy to concentrate on domestic cricket for now and take tips from his father, on whom his action is modelled.

"It depends how hard you work towards your goal," Usman told the Express Tribune. "I'm obviously desperate to make my debut but let's see how it goes. Playing for the national side is always a privilege and getting there is all about how good you are. So I'm currently focusing on domestic cricket."

Usman, who turns 18 in August, has played only three List A matches so far, but has an impressive record at the Under-19 level, having taken 24 wickets in 13 youth ODIs at an average of 17.33. He was identified as a prospect for Pakistan by his father, who is currently supervising the PCB's fast track coaching programme for spinners.

"The coaches have worked on us a lot here," Usman said. "And my father is also present to guide me. I can easily say that I have enhanced my bowling skills."

Another promising talent in the ongoing camp at the National Cricket Academy is 19-year old left-arm spinner Raza Hasan, who was called up to the Pakistan squad in England last year in place of Danish Kaneria.

"If I'm not part of the national team, that's okay since I'm learning a lot here," Hasan said. "Such camps are helping me a lot. I'm gaining a lot and hopefully I'll be ready for the national side soon."

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  • Hassan on July 25, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    I wish Usman would make it to the national side, but not because he is the son of the legend, but because of being the best. When players get in because of their relatives, they lack self confidence and focus more on lobbying to survive, instead of focusing on their performance. Right now Raza Hassan seems to be better than him, and I hope he works hard to prove he is the best.

  • Ather on July 23, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    i heard that when usman qadir spins the ball in the air you can hear it spin thats how good he is and the last person to do that was his dad

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    i think raja hasan is most necessary player for pakistan now a days , they need tha bowler like raja hasan, pakistan should use him at right time

  • zain on July 22, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    usman is very lucky because his father can teach him so many that he used to bowl and of course usman will probably get and older and make his own tricks

  • Dummy4 on July 22, 2011, 14:50 GMT

    I was in Pakistan visit Balochistan found talented cricketers.Inform MR.IQBAL QASIM former left arm spinner to develop and look for talent in Balochistan.I find a very talented left arm spinner 15 years old his name is ASGHAR KHAN now he is with National Bank Cricket ACADEMY.Pls PCB look for him he will our future cricketer.Lets we all contribute towards Balochistan cricketrers find them and make them feel they are part of Pakistan.My humble request to keep your personel problem away from cricket and look for betterment of Pakistan cricket.

  • MaC on July 22, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    i am looking a lot for these 2 dudes... Raza Hassan is an awsome bowler...i think he has a gr8 future and Usman Qadir is a very good bowler too and i think he can bat as well.....

  • Sayed on July 22, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    We pray u may as good as your Dad

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