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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