Azhar Mehmood believes Faheem Ashraf can fill the gap created by Razzaq

Faheem Ashraf

Pakistan’s current bowling coach and former all-rounder, Azhar Mahmood is highly impressed by the emerging cricketer, Faheem Ashraf.

Mahmood believes that if he continues his hard work, he will soon fill the vacuum created by Abdur Razzaq’s absence in the team.

“Faheem has the potential to become an excellent all-rounder. I know that a lot of people complain about the lack of good all-rounders of the type of Abdul Razzaq or even myself but if the manner in which Faheem is progressing, people will soon forget about the past,” he wrote for PakPassion.

Azhar Mahmood identified his potential when he saw the youngster in the emerging players’ camp and he knew that the kid has the potential to be an amazing cricketer.

“When I first saw him in the emerging players’ camp, I knew that this guy had the potential to be the very best,” he wrote.

Moreover, the 42-year old is impressed with Faheem’s urge of learning and improving his skillsets, for which he works extremely hard.

“He is a fantastic talent who has skills and has the desire to improve and work hard. I feel that cricket is all about confidence, and if given that confidence, Faheem has the potential to become an excellent all-rounder,” he said.

“Faheem is hard-working and gets his head down to the task and that is what he needs to continue doing in the future,” he added.

Mehmood mentioned that the management will always support the 23-year old, his performance during the recently concluded T20i series against Sri Lanka is a proof of his talent.

“He will always have our backing and encouragement and that message was conveyed to him and the results of that backing are there for all to see. His hat-trick in the 2nd T20I and the 2 sixes he hit in the last over of the final T20I against Sri Lanka are all examples of his skills which can only be good for Pakistan cricket,” he further wrote.