Khiladi Ki Khoj attracts cricketers from Dubai

Shukriya Pakistan

KARACHI: As Karachi Kings have initiated the biggest cricket talent hunt program of the country, Khiladi Ki Khoj, it is attracting young cricketers not only from different parts of the country, but, also has drawn a player from Dubai.

Mohammad Fazal, a 16-year old right-arm fast bowler has flown all the way from Dubai to Karachi with his mother and landed in the morning of Tuesday, just to be a part of this talent hunt campaign.

It was a surprise for the young bowler when he was suddenly told about a trip to Karachi by his mother.

“I just woke up in the afternoon after a nap and my mother told me to pack my bags, we are going Karachi for the trials,” told Fazal.

“I am a cricket crazy myself since childhood, my whole family loves cricket as well as my husband, whenever there is a trial in Karachi, I bring him (Fazal) here for the trials,” shared her mother. They have come with a one-way ticket as they do not know how long they will have to stay if he gets selected.

Son of former division A cricket of Pakistan, Fazal idolizes South African speedster Dale Steyn and the most successful English test bowler, James Anderson. His bowling action also resembles the great English bowler.

The UAE-born right-arm pacer has a hectic daily routine, he has to manage studies with training. He gets time to play cricket only on weekends, while heads to gym everyday and trains there for hours to keep himself fit. The young man is conscious about his fitness and tend to drink protein shakes and maintain a healthy diet.

Fazal started playing cricket when he was just six years old, his mother recalled, “He used to replicate actions of all Pakistani bowlers, so we knew that he has the talent in him, thus we admitted him in the academy.”

Fazal plays under Sri Lankan and Pakistani coaches in Dubai, he is also the captain of his school and had travelled to Australia with his club for matches. The young pacer already has a number of certificate and trophies in his cabinet. He along with his whole family hopes that he can excel as a cricketer and fulfil the dreams of them all.