Nazim Khan, who coached a young 18-year old Fakhar Zaman while he was a Navy Jawan, is ecstatic on his selection in the national squad for the tour to West Indies.
Fakhar Zaman first came into limelight during Pakistan Cup, where he had a wonderful tournament playing as an opener alongside Ahmed Shehzad for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He scored 297 runs in five matches at an average of 59.4. He also struck 115 runs in the final that steered his team to the victory.
The 26-year old represented Lahore Qalandars in the second edition of PSL, despite of franchise’s disappointing run in the tournament, the left-handed batsman looked impressive throughout the campaign and caught the eyes of the selectors.
“I cannot express my feelings, I am too happy for Fakhar,” told Nazim Khan to ARY Sports. “I am thanking GOD that he he has finally gotten what he deserved, what he worked hard for and I feel like I have finally done my job as a coach,” he added.
Fakhar, the batsman who hailed from a small village of Katlang near Mardan, always dreamed of becoming a cricketer and he had this flair in him which Nazim Khan saw during his Navy days.
“I always found him different from rest of the players. He liked to lead from the front,” he shared.
“He was always up for challenges, he enjoyed batting in tense situations, bowling in pressure moments and fielding at key positions. He was a performer, he never shied away from responsibilities, it made him class apart from others. He was a brave player,” Khan praised Fakhar.
The man who identified potential in a raw Fakhar Zaman advised him to not to alter his natural style of play in international cricket.
“I would advise him to not to change his style of play,” he advised. “He is a naturally aggressive player, I would like him to play that way and do not afraid of failures. Fakhar has got it all to become an international star, he just needs to believe in himself. I am confident that he will succeeed,” he went on to say.
Nazim Khan hailed the efforts of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for giving opportunities to youngsters on this tour.
“I would like to thank the board for selecting new faces. It is refreshing see players like Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan Shinwari and Rumman Raees in the ranks,” he told.
He feels that Pakistan cricket is heading in the right direction and accredited the head coach of the national team Mickey Arthur for that.
“I would especially give credit for this to Mickey Arthur, who has brought his aggressive mindset from South Africa to Pakistan, I believe that Pakistan cricket is finally on the right track and the future seems bright,” he added.