Brash, brutal and brilliant to watch, Brendon McCullum can bruise bowling attacks like few other men in international cricket. A wicketkeeper-batsman, McCullum has been used throughout the New Zealand batting order, but whenever he arrives at the crease it's impossible to look away. He muscles balls over both sides of the field and was responsible for getting the IPL off to an electrifying start, lighting up the tournament's first match with 158 and showing what the format had to offer. And he reprised that style in Tests too - striking the fastest century in the format's history in his final match.
An opening batsman by trade, Azhar has worked his way steadily up Pakistan's domestic scene since 2006. That was the season he began opening regularly for Khan Research Laboratories, a move that fetched him two hundreds and two fifties in five matches, and he hasn't looked back. In four seasons since, he's been averaging 40-plus with 11 hundreds, commendable figures in a country where opening is a modern-day curse.
Sunil Narine, a mystery spinner, caught the West Indies selectors' attention by taking all ten wickets in a trial match and received a call up to the Trinidad & Tobago squad in January 2009. He may not have accomplished that in international cricket , but every time Narine came to bowl, he looked like taking a wicket. His bag of tricks - an assortment of carrom balls, knuckle balls and skidders - led West Indies to the World T20 title in 2012 - the first time they claimed a World trophy since 1979.
Umar Akmal burst onto the international scene oozing class, and drawing the highest praise from experts. In his first Test innings, against New Zealand in Dunedin against an attack which included Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori, the 19-year-old Umar scored 129 in an innings when no other specialist batsman touched 30. His fearlessness at the crease and his wide array of strokes had pundits gushing for superlatives, as throughout that series and on the tour to Australia which followed, Umar consistently got starts. Given that he had also scored a century in his third ODI, and that Pakistan were on the lookout for middle-order talent, it appeared Umar would be a certainty in the team in all formats for several years to come.
Rawalpindi-born allrounder Sohail Tanvir made his first-class debut against Peshawar in October 2004 and impressed in his second match, against Multan, in which he scored an unbeaten 97 and took three wickets.
He represented Pakistan Academy on their tour of Bangladesh in 2007 and his fine all-round performance on that tour and against Australia A in the ODI series at home prompted the selectors to name him as Shoaib Akhtar's replacement in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20.
Yasir Shah made his first-class debut in February 2002 but had to wait nine years to play international cricket. An ODI and two T20s later, he was back out of the reckoning, seemingly forgotten forever. The recall, when it arrived, came at a time of crisis for Pakistan, when Saeed Ajmal was banned for chucking in September 2014.
Yasir didn't just grab the opportunity; he made everyone forget they were supposed to miss Ajmal, spinning his way to 12 wickets in his debut series at an average of just over 17, as Pakistan whitewashed Australia 2-0. Bounding in with the energy of his spiritual forbears Abdul Qadir and Mushtaq Ahmed, but with the legbreak rather than the googly as his go-to weapon, Yasir quickly won a horde of admirers including Shane Warne, who praised his "energy and shape on the ball, also his over spinner and patience", and proclaimed he would finish with more than 200 Test wickets.
Johannesburg-born but based in Wellington, Grant Elliott left his native South Africa in 2001 looking for new horizons, and found them in March 2008 when he was named in New Zealand's 13-man squad for the first Test against England at Hamilton. He won his first Test cap in the final Test after Jacob Oram picked up an injury, but struggled to make an impression with one wicket and two batting failures. Six months earlier, having completed his residency qualification, he was handed a place in the 30-man preliminary squad for the World T20, but missed the final cut.
Mohammad Rizwan is a Pakistani cricketer who has played first-class cricket since 2008. He is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper.
Playing for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in the final of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 2014-15, he scored 224 to help Sui Northern to a 301-run first-innings lead and their second title. He has also played for Pakistan A; he kept wicket in the five limited-overs matches against Kenya in December 2014.
He made his One Day International debut for Pakistan against Bangladesh in April 2015, scoring 67 runs off 58 balls. He made his Twenty20 International debut for Pakistan in the same series. He made his Test debut for Pakistan against New Zealand on 25 November 2016.
Cameron Scott Delport is a South African cricketer who plays for the Dolphins. He is a left-hand opening batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler. Delport also played for the Lahore Qalandars during the first edition of Pakistan Super League. He scored 227 runs at the average of 32.42 with the highest total of 78. He was included in the KwaZulu-Natal cricket team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup. Delport was educated at Westville Boys' High School in Durban.
Bilawal Bhatti is a promising allrounder who can bowl at over 140 kph, and can also hit the ball a fair distance lower down the order. He made his ODI debut against South Africa in Cape Town in 2013, and made his mark immediately with both bat and ball, hitting 39 off 25 balls, and taking 3 for 37 in a Pakistan win.
Aamer Yamin is a Pakistani cricketer. He was named in Pakistan's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against England in the UAE in September 2015. He made his One Day International debut for Pakistan against Zimbabwe on 1 October 2015. He made his Twenty20 International debut for Pakistan against England on 30 November 2015.
Pakistan have always been synonymous with surprise packages and Aamer Yamin is no different. Born in Multan, Yamin grew up in the time of isolation of international cricket in the country and then made his way through a junior level circuit of Under-19 inter-regional tournament in 2008.
The left-arm spinner was to replace an injured Yasir Shah in the Pakistan squad to play against England in the UAE in October 2015, but he was unable to make his flight. Nevertheless, he made his ODI debut a month later. Born in Lahore, Zafar played much of his club cricket in the north side of city and was recruited into the Shafqat Rana Cricket Academy, which then allowed him access to the Under-15 circuit. He was selected for the U-15 world championship in West Indies in 2008 and picked up 10 wickets at 17.10.
Fakhar Zaman is a Pakistani first-class cricketer who plays for Habib Bank Limited. He was born in Mardan.
He had a year-long schooling at Pakistan Navy School Bahadur in Karachi, where he learned how to survive the seas before parting ways to embrace cricket formally. His team-mates call him fauji (soldier).
The left-handed batsman was the second-highest run-scorer in the Pakistan Cup earlier this year, with 297 runs in five innings at 59.40, including a knock of 115 that set up Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's 151-run win in the final. His ability to bowl left-arm spin makes him a utility player and he is in contention for a place in the national side after appearances for Pakistan A. In the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy season, he has already racked up 650 runs at an average of 54.16.
Ghulam Mudassar is a Pakistani cricketer who plays for Karachi and is our Qalandars rising star. He made his First-class debut on 9 November 2015 in the 2015–16 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He made his Twenty20 debut on 10 September 2016 for Peshawar in the 2016–17 National T20 Cup.
From our Players Development Program, Usman Qadir is a Son of Pakistan's best-known spinner, Abdul Qadir, Usman has an action not too different from his father. His leg-spin fetched him nine wickets against Zimbabwe Under-19, when he was the joint-highest wicket-taker, and was again successful against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the tri-series, where he grabbed six wickets at 12.83.
From our Players Development Program; Irfan is a talented, tall and lanky fast bowler who is extremely effective with his Yorkers. Irfan is also a specialist death bowler who can bowl deliveries with good line and length. Irfan can bowl Yorkers at will which in turn is his biggest strength.
Saif Badar is a very talented Middle Order Batsman with a strong mentality and is a very fine striker of the ball. Saif’s major strength is his batting usefulness in the middle innings along with his strong hitting. He is another valuable find of our Players Development Program
Christopher James "Chris" Green (born 1 October 1993) is an Australian cricketer. He plays for New South Wales and Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. Green plays for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. Green made his Thunder debut in the final round of the BBL04.
The swaggering strokeplay of Jason Roy became a central feature of England's limited-overs cricket after their miserable display in the 2015 World Cup insisted that a more adventurous approach was essential. For Roy, a Surrey opener of dashing disposition, such a change of emphasis was ideal. His maiden ODI ton had come before the World Cup, against Pakistan in Dubai, but it was in 2016 under the leadership of Eoin Morgan, adamant that England must play free-spirited cricket, that Roy found his voice, making two ODI hundreds against Sri Lanka in England, the second of them - a career-best 162, the second highest ODI score made at the time by an England batsman - coming in front of his adoring home crowd at The Oval.
James Franklin began his New Zealand career as a left-arm medium-fast bowler who could swing the ball, before morphing into an effective allrounder, particularly in limited-overs cricket. He was introduced to international cricket when barely out of his teens after New Zealand suffered a run of injuries, making his one-day debut in 2000-01 and playing two home Tests against Pakistan the same season, but he struggled to make an impact and lost his place after the Sharjah Cup in April 2002. Back in domestic cricket he worked on his batting, which he had neglected, and filled out generally.
Director Cricket Operations
• Key member of the 1992 World Cup winning Pakistani team
• Coaching stints with Pakistan, Afghanistan & UAE national teams
• Youngest player to have an ODI hat trick
• Former Chief Coach National Cricket Academy of Pakistan
• Coaching stints with Pakistan National Team in 1993 & 2001
• Director - National Cricket Academy Pakistan
• Former Coach Kenyan National Team in 2005
• Former Director for Nairobi Cricket Academy
• Recipient of the Pride of Performance Award from Pakistan government
• Head Coach Delhi Daredevils & Sydney Thunder
• Coaching Stints with Indian & South African national teams
• Coach of BBL Champions 2015-2016 Sydney Thunder
• Leading run scorer in T20 internationals
• Only player to score 2 T20 international centuries
• Only player to score 2000+ T20 international runs
• Member of Brisbane Heats, Trinbago Knight Riders, Gujrat Lions
• 18 years of cricketing & coaching career
• Assistant Coach - Sydney Thunders
• Director Thunder Academy – Australia
• 15 years experience of sports related medical services
• Former physiotherapist Indian / Bangladesh national teams
• Physiotherapist Rajhistan Royals
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• Chairman Board of Directors – Al Alfia Holdings
• Chairman Board of Directors – QALCO
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• 25 years experience in Oil and Gas sector
• Extensive involvement in sports management on corporate level for cricket, hockey and football
• Rich background in media industry
• Initiator of Pakistan Crickety Academy - Qatar
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• 15 years top level management experience in banking and energy sector
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