Former West Indies player in awe of young Haider Ali


Karachi: Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop has praised Pakistan U19 vice-captain Haider Ali and is one of the three picks from the ICC U19 World Cup 2020 in South Africa.

The renowned commentator in a podcast of ESPN Cricinfo along with former Australian Tom Moody picked their respective three players that are close to representing their senior teams.

The 19-year-old Haider caught the attention of Bishop during the quarter-final against Afghanistan and reminded him of Pakistan T20I skipper Babar Azam.

“He played some cover drives against Afghanistan that reminded me of Babar Azam, simply because of the balance in his shots. He seems to have a good temperament as well, and unfortunately, he got run-out,” he said.

Australian batsman Jake Fraser-McGurk and South African pacer Gerald Coetzee are the other two picks of the Windies legend

“But I’m really looking forward to seeing how he progresses. Haider, just like the other two and some others in this tournament, should go on to have good international careers,” he added.

Although Haider was not at the top of his form in the mega event as he only managed to score one fifty in five matches. He made 107 runs in four innings he batted.

It must be noted that Pakistan lost to India badly in the semi-final of the Junior World Cup by ten wickets.