Usman Qadir, the son of veteran leg-spinner Abdul Qadir, is weighing his options to make his cricket career in Australia or South Africa after being constantly ignored in his own country.
Usman Qadir similar to his father, bowls leg-spin. He has represented Pakistan U-19 team in two World Cups and has also played for Pakistan U-23 in the ACC Emerging Players Tournament in Singapore in 2013.
He was under selectors’ radar for the tour to West Indies with the national team after Pakistan’s disastrous show in the Champions Trophy and new players were given a go, however, Usman was unable to make it to the national team.
He spent last summer playing club cricket in Cape Town and in 2013, he got a call from South Australia to play in the interstate second XI competition. However, his run with Redbacks was cut short as he met a car accident there and returned home after that.
Usman Qadir has not played a single domestic game in Pakistan since 2014. He played 8 games for National Bank of Pakistan and in his first season in 2013, where he bowled around 84 overs. But, he wasn’t at all used in a four day game for Port Qasim Authority in December 2014, he has not taken part in any domestic event since then.
The young leggie is considering the option of pursuing his cricket career outside Pakistan due to lack of opportunities at the first class level, moreover, due to the constant criticism that he made to this level due his influential father.
Usman said while talking to ESPNcricinfo, “I want to play cricket and I have come through the ranks because of my own ability,” he further added, “But there is always a sense of skepticism about my inclusion in a team. I don’t want to spoil my passion [for the game]. So I think I’d rather play my cricket where I can focus only on my cricket rather than unnecessary criticism.”
Abdul Qadir said that he has never approached any selector for the selection of his son. He strongly believes that Usman Qadir has got the ability to be a top level cricketer.
According to the legendary leggie, Usman was migrating to Australia in 2013, but, he stopped him. Now, he totally being ignored for such a long period of time, there is no point of asking him to hold back.