Ijaz, Mushtaq highly praise ‘quality’ U19 spinners


Karachi: Pakistan U19 head coach Ijaz Ahmed and NHPC bowling consultant Mushtaq Ahmed have highly praised ‘exciting pack of spinners’ during the ongoing High-Performance Camp for the U19 players at the Hanif Mohammad High-Performance Centre Karachi.

Camp is focusing on physical fitness, training and match preparation of the teenagers ahead of the upcoming domestic U19 season and the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in 2022.

Former batsman Ijaz Ahmed thinks that Pakistan is set to benefit a great deal in the next two years through the emergence of young spinners who have progressed at a rapid rate from the U16 stage.

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“We have been working hard with these spinners for two years, they graduated from the U16 stage and have been developing brilliantly. The PCB has provided us great support with Mushtaq Ahmed working with the spinners during the training camps that we have arranged over the course of the last 12 to 18 months.

“The ongoing camp in Karachi has given an extended opportunity of further honing the skills of the spinners, at present, we have top quality left-arm spinners, leg-spinners and off-spinners in Ali Asfand, Aaliyan Mehmood, Faisal Akram, Mehran Mumtaz and Zeeshan Ahmed besides all-rounders like Qasim Akram and Fahad Munir who have the talent and temperament of becoming world-class performers by delivering the goods both at the U19 level and as future Pakistan stars.

“I have full confidence in their abilities and I am ready to say with full conviction that these spinners will be ready to serve Pakistan cricket in the next two years, the scarcity of quality spinners will become a thing of the past in the near future.”

Former Pakistan Test leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed also shared similar thoughts for these spinners.

“We are very fortunate to have a quality crop of spinners that have immense potential and talent. These players have graduated from the U16s and have made massive improvements in their game both from a technical as well as tactical aspects. As a spin bowling coach, my role is to provide them game awareness, reading pitches, the knowledge about various variations and how to deliver them, field placing as how to psyche out a batter.

“The work that has been done at this High Performance Camp in Karachi is absolutely amazing as the management led by Ijaz Ahmed has given these players as many as 26 matches against quality opposition including Sindh’s first and second XI players.

“This camp and the ones held previously besides the experience of playing tournaments like the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and the U19 Asia Cup will surely help our young spinners hone their skills quickly which augurs well for our future in the spin bowling department.”

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