Former Pakistani leg-spinner Abdul Qadir’s son Usman Qadir was named in a Prime Minister’s XI I to face South Africa in a one-day warm-up match that kicks off their short tour later this month.
Usman is also a leg-spinner like his father, he moved to Australia to play in 2016 and is hoping to become a citizen in 2020 and represent his adopted nation in the Twenty20 World Cup later that same year.
The 25-year-old had also played first-class cricket in Pakistan. He took 36 wickets in just six games in Sydney, figures that brought him to the attention of current Australia coach Justin Langer and former test bowler Geoff Lawson.
The Prime Minister’s XI is captained by Australian top-order batsman George Bailey, he is one of four players with international experience picked for the October 31 day-night clash at Canberra’s Manuka Oval, alongside Nic Maddinson, Jason Behrendorff and Gurinder Sandhu.
PM’s XI: George Bailey (capt), Jason Behrendorff, Max Bryant, Ben Dwarshuis, Jack Edwards, Nic Maddinson, Kurtis Patterson, Josh Philippe, Usman Qadir, Gurinder Sandhu, Jason Sangha. 12th man: Tom Engelbrecht.