Amir inspires U19 left-arm spinner to pursue cricket

Arish is part of Pakistan’s squad in the ongoing ICC Under19 World Cup

Amir inspires U19 left-arm spinner to pursue cricket PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan Under19 will be targeting to build on their strong and impressive performance in their ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 opener against Scotland when they take on Zimbabwe at the Witrand Oval, Potchefstroom on Wednesday.

Pakistan had given Scotland a cricket lesson on Sunday when they raced to the 76-run target inside 12 overs for the loss of three wickets. A victory against Zimbabwe will strengthen their chances of qualifying for the Super League, which will be played between the two sides from each of the four Groups.

On Sunday, Mohammad Waseem jnr from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the star of Pakistan’s seven-wicket victory. The right-arm pace bowler justified his selection after Naseem Shah was withdrawn due to national duties by returning figures of 7.5-2-12-5.

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Left-arm spinner Arish Ali Khan was not in the starting line-up on Sunday, but is likely to feature at some stage in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020.

While speaking to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) digital, Arish reflected on his early days and cricketing ambition.

 “I still remember Mohammad Amir’s devastating new-ball spell against India in the Asia Cup T20 2016 in which he dismissed Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina,” said Arish. “That spell inspired me to pursue cricket seriously. Representing Pakistan U16 and that too as captain against Australia was a dream come true moment for me. “

“I want to become the best spinner in the world, at present my and the team’s focus is on the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. Our coach Ijaz Ahmed and spin bowling consultant Mushtaq Ahmed have worked hard with us and given us important advice,” he added.

Arish will also get an opportunity to showcase his talent in the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), after he was picked in the emerging category by Quetta Gladiators.