Sadaf Hussain, the left-arm fast bowler, is one of the most discussed individuals of Pakistan’s domestic cricket. Though he has not played for Pakistan yet, he still has a fair bit of fan following for his consistent performances at the first-class level.
The 28-year old regularly features in Pakistan’s top five domestic bowlers. He has an incredible record in first-class cricket with 353 wickets in 73 matches so far with 24 five-wicket haul and 5 ten-wicket haul. Still, he is nowhere on selectors’ radar. It seems unreal that a bowler with such astounding record exists and does not represent even his regional team, Rawalpindi on regular basis, leave alone the national team of Pakistan.
The tall pacer is unaware of the reason why he is being neglected so ruthlessly, still the man is motivated to perform and keep knocking the doors of Pakistan team.
“I am disheartened a bit that selectors have not given me a chance, despite being among the top five performers of the domestic circuit regularly,” Sadaf Hussain said while talking to ARY Sports.
“I have no idea why I am neglected, you should ask it from selectors about it, they can give you a better answer for it,” he added.
People have often questioned Sadaf Hussain’s fitness level and pace, one of the reasons for these kinds of questions is that they have not watched him play on television, moreover, there are very few videos of his bowling.
“I am clueless why people raise questions on my fitness or pace, if I was not fit, I could not have bowled with such effectiveness, and I would have left the field in every session and could not have taken these many wickets. I have decent pace of 135 to 140 KPH, which is fit for international cricket by all means,” he added.
However, the pacer has not lost his hopes for representing Pakistan and still believes that his hard work will pay off someday.
“I am still hopeful that I will represent Pakistan, everyone has his time, probably my time has not come yet,” he said.
During his successful but fruitless career, Sadaf Hussain has thought of quitting cricket a number of times, however, his father supports him at these times and motivates him to keep going.
“My father is my biggest support, I started playing cricket because of him. I thought to quit it on various occasions when I did not get what I deserved, but my father keeps me motivated,” he added.
It is extremely tough to keep working hard when you are not getting enough rewards. However, Sadaf takes inspiration from his own performances and gets determined to even better his bowling.
The man who plays for Khan Research Laboratory (KRL), thinks that fast bowlers’ age is limited, they do not have as many years at their disposal as batsmen have, so this is the point in his career where he should be given an opportunity.
“Fast bowlers’ career span is short, it is better to give them a chance at their peak of the career. I do not want the kind of opportunities that were given to Tanvir Ahmed or Aizaz Cheema at their latter end of their career, where I cannot perform at my potential,” Sadaf told.
According to him, senior and retired players have always supported him, but he never heard anything from the people who matter, selectors.
The bowler, who has idolized Wasim Akram throughout his life, appealed Pakistan Cricket Board and the selectors to give him a chance to shine for Pakistan, he will not let them down.
“I request the board and the selectors to try me, I want to make Pakistan proud, I will not disappoint them,” he expressed.
Sadaf Hussain has not played a single T20 game in his career and the reason for that is also unclear. He missed out on the domestic T20 cup, which resulted in his exile from the Pakistan Super League, however, he believes that he can perform in the shortest format of the game as he does in four-day cricket.