The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have rewarded 19-year-old Haider Ali with his maiden call-up into the national team as they announced the 29-man squad for Pakistan’s tour of England starting next month.
Ali has been a consistent run-getter across all formats in Pakistan’s domestic cricketing circles for the last 12 months. After a tough start in the National T20 Cup, during which he amassed only 62 runs at an average of 12.40, Ali started showing what he is capable of since the Pakistan U-19 side’s tour of South Africa. He scored 477 runs during that series against South Africa U-19 at a sensational average and strike-rate of 59.62 and 107.19 respectively.
He followed that up with another good run in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy during which he scored 645 runs at an average nearing 50 once again. Ali was Pakistan’s second highest scorer in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup too as he plundered 218 runs which included a ton once again.
Ali’s achievements didn’t end there as he went on to play in the U-19 World Cup as well. He amassed only 107 runs there but that included a gritty 56 in the semifinal against India as well. That was followed by his stint with Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan Super League and there he ended up as the second highest scorer once again as he amassed 239 runs at an average of 29.87 and an impressive strike-rate of 158.27 as well.
Looking back at what he has done in this limited period of time, there is no doubt about why he has been given this opportunity. It remains to be seen whether Ali will get an opportunity to play his debut match for Pakistan on this tour, but it is definitely going to be a great learning experience for him which is going to improve his skills further.
Squad: Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Abid Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Asad Shafiq, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmad, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Imran Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Usman Shinwari, Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim, Kashif Bhatti, Shadab Khan and Yasir Shah
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