Rohail Nazir eager to repeat past performances in U19 World Cup


Pakistan Under-19 skipper and wicket-keeper batsman Rohail Nazir is eager to repeat his past performances in the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup In South Africa later this month.

“Playing for Pakistan at this level for the last three years and participating in my second Under-19 World Cup, my aim is to repeat past performances in South Africa,” Rohail said.

Rohail memorized the time when he failed the Under-16 trials in 2015 which left him disheartened but came back much stronger next year by scoring 394 runs in four matches which earned him a spot in the U16 series against Australia in the UAE in 2017.

“I had failed in the 2015 PCB-Pepsi U16 trials which broke my heart. At that time I felt my strength is tape-ball cricket and maybe I would need to stick to that as hard-ball cricket was not meant for me. But on the insistence of my brothers and friends, I gave trials the next year and succeeded,” He added.

Rohail wants to impact just like Ab de Villiers who was also a wicket-keeper batsman and from Pakistan wants to follow the footsteps of Ahmed Shehzad.

“I idolize AB de Villiers because he is a wicket-keeper batsman and a great fielder. His style of play has fascinated me. Ahmed Shehzad’s batting style I like the most from Pakistan,” He added.

The 19-year-old from Islamabad feels proud to play for the Under-19 team and wishes to do well in 2020.

The right-handed batsman has already represented Pakistan in ACC Youth U19 Asia Cup 2017, 2018 and 2019 besides playing the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 in New Zealand.

His recent performance in ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup final in Bangladesh is the highlights of his career when his century against the hosts helped Pakistan claiming the title.

It must be noted here that Pakistan is placed in Group C with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, and Scotland.