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I Can fill the Vacant Off-Spinner Position in the National Team : Sajid Khan

Sajid Khan smiling after his third five-wicket haul during QeA 20
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The 2020 edition of biggest Domestic Event of Pakistan Cricket, The Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, is in full swing with plenty of new faces grabbing the opportunity and impressing the selectors. Pakistan’s National Team is currently touring New Zealand for T20Is and Test Matches. If you analyze the squad, there is no proper off-spinner to be seen in it and that has been the problem for Pakistan since a long long time. Ever since the veteran off-spinner Saeed Ajmal ended his career, Pakistan has been struggling to find a good off-spinner. However, that worry might end for Pakistan, as they have found someone special in the team of Khyberpakhtunkhwa in Quaid-e-Azam trophy.

The name is none other than Sajid Khan. Sajid, is a 27-year off-break bowler who has been doing wonders in Quaid-e-Azam trophy. At the end of round 6, Sajid Khan had the second most no of wickets in the tournament. He has 38 scalps to his name in 6 games, and he is currently KP’s best performer. In a recent interview with Cricset.pk, Sajid revealed his success secrets and also revealed the players whom he idealizes and look upon to be like them. Sajid was well aware of his wonderful performances, and he stated that the major reason behind his success is his hard work and passion. “I have played a lot of cricket at different levels, and I have received the support from the KP management and I am also learning from the coaches”, Sajid stated.

Can you fill the vacant Off-spinner spot in National Team?

On being asked that the National Team has not seen a proper off-spinner ever since Saeed Ajmal ended his career, Sajid stated that he can be the off-spinner that Pakistan team needs and based on his current form, he can be a part of the National Team. Sajid also told Cricset.pk, that it is his dream to play for Pakistan and wear Pakistan’s Kit, and continue to perform in the same way that he is doing during the ongoing domestic season.

Sajid Khan giving his 100 percent against Northern, during Quaid-e-Azam Trophy
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How Much have you learnt from Abdul Razzaq?

The former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is the current head coach of Khyberpakhtunkhwa. Abdul Razzaq had a prolific career for Pakistan and his guidance can do wonders for players like Sajid. When Sajid was asked regarding the coaching of Razzaq, he had nothing but praise for the veteran all rounder. “Abdul Razzaq is very friendly, he teaches a lot, not only about bowling but he also advises about batting. He was a fighter himself, and he is trying to make us the same”, Sajid quoted. Sajid also stated that Razzaq is a great human-being and he always motivates, even when we are not performing.

Which player does Sajid Khan idealizes?

Being an off-spinner, Sajid was asked which player do you idealize and he named some of the World’s best off-spinners. He stated that he idealizes the veteran Pakistani All-rounder, Mohammad Hafeez. Sajid also added that he watches the video clips of Australian Spinner, Nathan Lyon and English spinner, Graeme Swann. Not only does he watches it, but he takes motivation and inspiration from these bowlers and also tries to learn from them. “I also watch the videos of Saqlain Bhai (Saqlain Mushtaq), he inspires me a lot”. Sajid Stated.

Which PSL franchise would Sajid like to play for?

Playing PSL is a dream for every local cricketer of Pakistan, and PSL is indeed the pathway to get in the National Team. Upon being asked regarding PSL, Sajid said he would be glad if any PSL franchise picks him. He said he would always give his hundred percent for any team that he is a part of, and that it is his dream to play PSL. Sajid also admired the league being held in Pakistan. Replying to a question regarding his favorite memory during the Quaid-e-Azam trophy 2020, Sajid said that he felt most happy when he picked his first 10-wicket Haul in First Class Cricket this year.

Sajid Khan was all smiling after his third-wicket haul of this season
Image Courtesy: PCB

Debut Against MCC:

Sajid Khan made his Pakistan Shaheens debut against Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in February 2020. Sajid although went wicketless in the game but he was economical and he also learnt a lot playing against the likes of Kumar Sangakarra. “Wearing the star of your chest is a proud feeling and there is no better feeling than representing your country, although I went wicketless but I bowled well and our team also won”, Sajid stated.

Being 27-years old, some might think that Sajid is a bit too old, but for a spinner, this is the ideal age. Pakistan team needs an off-spinner badly, someone good enough to trouble the batsmen, specially when the next ICC event is scheduled in India. Sajid Khan seems to be confident enough, his performances speak for him, and it seems only a matter of time before the National Team selectors end up adding him to the National Squad.

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