Rohit Sharma-inspired Haider wants to play long for Pakistan

From our correspondent 

KARACHI: Emerging young batsman Haider Ali on Thursday said that England tour would help him learn from the experienced coaches Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan.

“It would be a learning period of around three months. Head coach Misbah and batting coach Younis would share with me their experience as both have played a lot of cricket on England soil and I would also try to learn from them some shots like sweep to strengthen my batting,” Haider said at an online news conference.

Haider had an outstanding 2019-20 season, following which he earned an emerging contract for the 2020-21 season. He was Pakistan Under-19 second most successful batsman with 317 runs against South Africa Under-19  in June, fifth leading run-getter with 218 runs in the ACC Emerging Teams Cup in Bangladesh, aggregated 645 runs – including a century in the final – at just under 50 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, finished as Pakistan’s third-best batsman with 107 runs in the ICC Under-19Cricket World Cup 2020 before contributing 239 runs in nine matches at a strike-rate of over 158 for Peshawar Zalmi in the unfinished HBL Pakistan Super League 2020.

Haider said he wanted to play as long as possible for the country.
“I am thankful to the PCB for picking me in the Pakistan’s squad. If I get a chance on England tour I would try to put in my best and live up to the billing,” said Haider, who belongs to village Sheen Bagh, Attock.

Haider seemed very much impressed by the Indian batting guru Rohit Sharma. “I like Rohit as he plays equally well in all three formats of the game. And the best thing which I see in him and which has inspired me a lot is the way he finishes the game,” Haider said.

“He converts fifty into hundred and moves forward to convert hundred into double. I also desire to score runs for my team and finish the games,” said Haider.

Haider is among the 29-man squad which Pakistan have picked for the England series during which they will play three tests and the same number of T20 International in August and September.

Pakistan team is likely to depart for England later this month to start training in the bio-secure environment which the England Cricket Board (ECB) has promised to manage for the visitors.Haider said that his main aim is to play long for the country and get the fancy of people.

“I want to play long for the country and my aim is that people say good about me,” Haider said. He said that he would also try to learn from Pakistan’s established batsmen Azhar Ali and Babar Azam.
He added that his main focus would be on cricket after cementing his place in Pakistan’s team.

Responding to a question Haider said that he was lucky to have Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik and then a good coaching staff during my association with the Peshawar Zalmi last season, adding, they gave him confidence by telling him to play natural game as it was so much different level. “That helped me and I scored runs in the PSL-5,” Haider was quick to add.

Haider also revealed that he was inspired by looking at their cousins who used to play with a tennis ball. He was quick to add that his father had great passion for cricket and he wanted him to play cricket. “I give full credit to my father who supported me a lot. I am fulfilling his dreams,” he said.

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