Friday, December 3, 2010

Overlooked talent of Pakistan; resurfaced in Emirates

Avoided in Pakistan, Abdul Haq, a 27-year old fast bowling talent of Pakistan belongs to North Waziristan; area known for drone strikes, not for cricket. Few days back, during UAE tour, he was called by Pakistan team management to bowl to Pakistan middle-order batsmen.

Inevitably, he rattled the stumps of Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, opener Imran Farhat and rookie wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal during a training session on the sidelines of the second and final Test against South Africa. Fast bowler Abdul Haq moved from North Waziristan in Pakistan to Abu Dhabi after being overlooked by the Pakistan selectors. The Express Tribune and Cricpak has more.

"I was called by [Pakistan coach] Waqar Younis - who gave me the title of Tagray Pathan (strong pathan) - to bowl to his batsmen. I felt honored and extremely encouraged when the batsmen seemed to struggle against my bowling," Haq said. "Younis and [bowling coach] Aqib Javed really appreciated me and later, team manager Intikhab Alam took down my contact details and invited me to the NCA." Haq has played with frontline Pakistan bowler Umar Gul in Peshawar but complained that due to the situation in North Waziristan, he never got proper guidance.

Abdul Haq is a truck-driver & working as a supervisor for a company in United Arab Emirates.

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