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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mustafizur Rahman is a left-arm pace bowler who came to Dhaka to try out for a fast-bowling camp in 2012, after he had impressed in an Under-17 tournament in Satkhira, some 300km from Dhaka. He got admitted to the BCB's pace foundation and soon caught the coaches' attention to make the Bangladesh Under-19 side for the 2014 World Cup.
A product of the Under-19 system, Anton Devcich turned out five times for New Zealand in the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. Though he began his first-class career batting at Nos. 9 and 10, Devcich eventually worked his way up to the middle order. In his debut match for Northern Districts, against Otago in the 2004-05 State Championship, Devcich batted at No. 9 but made a mark with an unbeaten 94. Devcich built up his credentials as a batsman to become a regular opener in the shorter formats.
A talented wicketkeeper-batsman, Denesh Ramdin has unmistakable skills with both the gloves and the bat. Originally a fast bowler who then kept wickets when he had finished his stint with the ball, Ramdin's overall cricketing acumen was spotted early, as he led both Trinidad & Tobago's and West Indies' Under-19 sides before being selected, aged 19 and with only 13 first-class games under his belt, as first-choice gloveman for the senior squad's tour of Sri Lanka in 2005.
Raza Hasan, the world's youngest Test debutant - made an immediate impact with his left-arm spin, taking 3 for 24 on his first-class debut to help bowl Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited to an innings victory. He was in outstanding form against Zimbabwe Under-19, taking nine wickets in the series, and earned a call-up for the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. After a good showing in the World Cup, he was picked for the A squad to play England Lions in UAE. He then had a stint in league cricket at Devon, UK, after which he was called up to the Pakistan squad for the tour of England in 2010. He had his best returns in the 2011-12 first-class season, taking 44 wickets, and that earned another call-up to the national side, to tour Sri Lanka in 2012.
Hailing from Malakand agency in the North-West Frontier Province (Now KPK), but based in Karachi, Sohail Khan had a debut first-class season in the 2007-08 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy few in Pakistan have equalled. The right-arm fast-medium bowler, playing for Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC), took 65 wickets in his first nine matches, with as many as eight five-wicket hauls. The second of his ten-wicket match hauls was 16 for 189, which shattered Fazal Mahmood's long-standing national record for best haul (15 for 76). The performances catapulted him from obscurity to an international debut against Zimbabwe in January 2008.
Mitchell McClenaghan is a left-arm fast bowler who has established himself as a regular in New Zealand's limited-overs sides. He runs in hard, hits the deck even harder, and describes himself as "ultra-competitive, aggressive, maybe a little bit crazy".
He made his first-class debut with Central Districts in 2007, but was only intermittently part of the team, and his career took off only when he moved to Auckland for the 2011-12 season. In his first List A match with them, he took 5 for 30 against Northern Districts, and then followed that with 6 for 41 in his next match, against Wellington. He took 16 wickets in six List A matches that season, and 35 in ten first-class games. His reward was a place in the New Zealand squad on the tour to South Africa in 2012-13, and in his first ODI he returned excellent figures of 4 for 20, becoming only the second New Zealander, after Dayle Hadlee, to take four wickets on ODI debut.
Kyle Abbott hails from the same area as Lance Klusener - Zululand - and that's not all the two have in common. Abbott followed Klusener as the second-most successful South Africa bowler on debut. His 7 for 29 in the first innings against Pakistan in Centurion in 2013 was a demonstration of speed and swing on a spicy surface. In short, that is what Abbott is about. A tall, strong quick from Durban, his ability to bowl at pace and generate movement is what got him noticed. He began his career in the 2008-09 season for the Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial side and then represented the Dolphins franchise immediately thereafter.
Born in Sialkot, Bilal Asif made his first-class debut in 2011 at the age of 26 and only played 11 matches in his first four seasons. He had success only in 2014-15, when he played six matches and scored 310 runs, including a maiden hundred. He had begun his career during Pakistan's isolation as an international and was first seen on screen during the Super9 T20 Cup in May 2015, when he scored a 48-ball hundred.
Asif caught the eye of the national selectors for not just his batting - he is not the most technically-sound batsman - but also his ability to bowl offspin, at a time when Pakistan had lost Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez to suspect actions. He took nine wickets in the national T20 tournament in Rawalpindi. Asif was selected for Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka in 2015 but made his debut only during the ODI series in Zimbabwe in October. He took a five-for in his second ODI against Zimbabwe.
Shaheen Afridi considers himself an allrounder and seeks to excel in bowling, batting and fielding. In 2017, Afridi was noted as a 6-foot 6 inch 17-year-old Pakistani fast-bowling talent who can bowl 90 mph and also for his big-hitting ability. In December 2016, Afridi was included in the Pakistan U19 cricket team selected for the U19 Asia Cup held in Sri Lanka. He took 3 wickets for 27 runs in Pakistan's nine wickets win over Singapore in their opening match of the U-19 Asia Cup.
In December 2017, he was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2018 U19 Cricket World Cup. He was the leading wicket-taker for Pakistan in the tournament, with 12 wickets. Following Pakistan's matches in the tournament, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Afridi as the rising star of the squad.
Sohail Akhtar made his first class debut for Abbottabad in the 2012–13 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy on 25 January 2013. His recent performances and exceptional skills earned him a place in Lahore Qalandars PSL Squad for 2018.
Imran Khan is a Pakistani cricketer who made his Twenty20 debut for the Peshawar Panthers during the 2014–15 season of the Haier T20 Cup. He is a left-arm fast bowler, known for "bamboozling opposing batsmen" through his "repertoire of slower balls". He made his Twenty20 International debut against Zimbabwe on 27 September 2015. Imran played district cricket for Swat in the Peshawar division of the country-wide Inter-District Senior Tournament. Having been selected in the Peshawar Panthers' squad for the 2014–15 Haier T20 Cup, he went on to play seven matches in eight days at the tournament, held in September 2014.Imran finished with twelve wickets from six matches at the tournament, the most of any player. His wickets were taken at a bowling average of 12.91 and a strike rate of 10.91 balls per wicket, and he was accordingly named "best bowler" at the end of the tournament.
Gulraiz Sadaf is a Pakistani first-class cricketer who plays for Multan cricket team and his dedication and hard-worknearned him a spot in Lahore Qalandars PSL Squad for 2018.
Salman Irshad is the first ever Kashmiri player to play for a cricket franchise. He was spotted by Lahore Qalandars during their Player Development Program. Salman's exceptional performance first earned him a spot in the final 16 Rising Qalandars' tour to Australia where he took Australian Domestic Cricket by storm. This further earned him a place in the PSL Squad for Lahore Qalandars in 2018.
Agha Salman is a Pakistani first-class cricketer who plays for Lahore in the domestic arena, and for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.
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