The Pakistan Cricket Team is currently enjoying a winter break from cricket but soon they will gear up for the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Since Bangladesh’s tour to Pakistan is in doubt, we cannot reveal much about the details of that tour.
However, some potentially authentic sources say that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to send its team to Pakistan for a ‘brief’ tour. But before we get into the upcoming schedule of the Pakistan Cricket Team, we should also keep a look at some of the potential superstars of Pakistan.
The fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) is not far away as the tournament is going to be played on the home soil of Pakistan for the first time in 5 years. The upcoming season of the PSL getting hosted in Pakistan means it will provide a golden opportunity for some of the emerging players playing in the league.
Today in this article, we’re going to shed light on some of the most promising and talented young players from Pakistan who are going to don the national jersey soon.
There’s absolutely no dearth of talented batters and bowlers in Pakistan but we believe that the ongoing year of 2020 will see many talented all-rounders in action as well. Let’s take a look at some of the talented players from Pakistan who are expected to make it big.
- Rohail Nazir:
The U-19 captain of Pakistan Rohail Nazir is in South Africa these days for the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020. This talented youngster from Pakistan Rawalpindi is a wicket-keeper batsman and he is going through a purple patch with the bat.
He also played in the previous ICC U-19 World Cup in 2018 and impressed everyone with his stylish stroke-play and consistent performances. Rohail is just 19 and he has already gained the experience of a premier first-class tournament like Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
He played for Northern in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and also registered his maiden first-class ton during that tournament. Before the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Rohail was monumental with the bat in the title victory of Northern in the National T20 Cup 2019.
Nazir also enjoyed a great outing in the ODI series’ against South Africa and Sri Lanka last year. Against India in the Emerging Asia Cup Final, Rohail Nazir scored a match-winning century and took Pakistan to victory with his captaincy as well.
He is picked by the Multan Sultans in the emerging category for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 and we believe that Rohail is going to impress many with his talent.
- Rizwan Hussain:
A young boy from Toba Tek Singh emerged onto the scene in the 2016-17 first-class season and by looking at his stylish lofted shots, one could simply sit back and say WOW.
However, Rizwan hasn’t played much first-class cricket and boasts an average of just over 30; he is still regarded as one of the most promising young players around.
In 23 first-class matches, Rizwan Hussain has scored 3 centuries but he was playing in a star-studded team of Central Punjab that provided him very little opportunity to feature in the playing XI.
He was picked by Islamabad United in the last season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) but he couldn’t perform up to the expectations in the first few matches. Later on, he was dropped from the playing XI of United and Cameron Delport replaced him as the opener for the latter half of the tournament.
After a disappointing debut in his first PSL season, Rizwan went back to the domestic cricket and his talent met the opportunity in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy encounter against Northern.
At the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad, Rizwan got a much-needed hundred against Northern when he scored 110 in the second innings playing for Central Punjab. He’s more of an aggressive batsman suited better for white-ball cricket and his T20 strike rate of 131 says a lot about his destructive nature.
Rizwan is going to represent Islamabad United once again in the upcoming edition of the PSL and we all are looking forward to a much better batting display from the youngster.
- Zeeshan Ashraf:
During the PSL 2020 Draft last year in December, the Multan Sultans surprised everyone as they used the first wild-card entry in the history of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
A talented youngster from South Punjab was picked in the Diamond Category when he was originally placed in the emerging category.
Zeeshan Ashraf is another highly talented player who made his first-class debut in 2013 against Lahore Ravi. Although he failed in the first innings, he responded with a gutsy half-century on debut in the 2nd innings.
Zeeshan’s highest score of 166* in List A cricket was an innings of high class and he soon caught the attention of the critics with his belligerent style of play. He’s going to rub his shoulders with players like Shahid Afridi, Imran Tahir and Rilee Rossouw.
Zeeshan is expected to take the PSL 2020 by storm with his aggressive style of batting and we all can’t wait to see the youngster performing at the highest stage.
- Umer Khan
In the last season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), a talented left-arm spinner from Karachi Kings was getting through the strong batsmen in the competition.
The 20-year old Umer Khan is going to play for the Karachi Kings once again in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) edition 5 and he will certainly look to replicate the performance of his debut season.
Umer Khan has only played 3 first-class matches and he is regarded as a T20 specialist by the experts and critics.
He has played 12 T20 matches so far in the domestic circuit and PSL. He boasts an impressive average of 16.93 in T20s and he is also a strong candidate for making it to the T20 squad of Pakistan in the near future.
- Akif Javed
Hailing from the District of Karak, Akif Javed is the latest fast bowling sensation that emerged onto the scene with a lot of promise and stature.
Akif is a left-arm fast bowler and he has been picked by the Islamabad United for the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
He played in 7 T20 matches last year in the National T20 Cup and impressed everyone with his accurate line and consistent performances.
The youngster took 9 wickets in that tournament with an average of 24. Akif used to work in a shop with his father in the remote areas of Karak.
He also used to play regular tennis-ball cricket in his village. We all expect Akif to make it big in the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) as critics speak highly of his talent and accuracy with the bow.
Akif idolizes Shoaib Akhtar and also wants to bowl extremely fast like the Rawalpindi Express. He is also a fan of Mohammad Amir and wants to emulate the abilities of the speedster in the future.
Akif will play alongside Dale Steyn in the Islamabad United camp and it is going to be a massive opportunity for the youngster to learn from the master himself.
All of these youngsters are highly talented and we believe that most of them are going to don the national jersey very soon. From Rohail Nazir to Akif Javed, it seems that the cricketing talent in Pakistan is in safe hands. Until our next piece, it’s a good-bye from our side. Enjoy Cricket and life together!