Shahbaz Khan, a cricketer without fingers

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Shahbaz Khan, a Pakistani disabled cricketer is all set to wear Pakistan’s star on chest and represent his country in England in Disabled World Series.

Backed by his family and friends, Shahbaz is a true and passionate who loves playing cricket despite suffering from abject poverty. He works as a dough maker in Kasur which earns him Rs 800 daily.

In early childhood, Shahbaz lost his four fingers of right-hand in a meat chopper. He loved to play cricket hence he never looked back while running behind his goals.

His passion and love for cricket forced him to walk to the grounds of cricket despite having no fingers in his right hand. But he proved himself at various levels and showed that he is not disabled but ‘Specially able’.

Approximately, seven to eight years back he heard about disabled cricket which raised his hopes to accomplish his dream. He traveled to Karachi where Pakistan Disabled Cricket Association (PDCA) was facilitating the dreams of those cricket enthusiasts who were having some kind of physical disability.

The association not only provided a solid platform to the disabled cricketers but also built a strong image of such a unique form of cricket.

“I joined Pakistan disabled cricket, seven to eight years ago. They gave me hope to represent my country and family at a higher level,” Shahbaz said while talking to the ARY Sports in UBL Ground, Karachi on the sidelines of their practice match against Karachi U19 cricket team.

It demands power and strategy to become a fast bowler but Shahbaz bowls with a potent pace without having four fingers in his bowling hand.

“I don’t face difficulties while holding the ball. In fact, my thumb gives me energy and I bowl with speed and accurate length,” he said.

“I like batting and tries to play aggressively. I don’t wear gloves on my right hand but when it comes to cricket I don’t get feared,” Shahbaz added.

Shahbaz, who played a memorable inning of 121 runs off 69 balls including 13 boundaries and eight fours, can’t believe his luck and thanked the PDCA for giving him an exceptional opportunity to represent Pakistan in World event.

“I didn’t imagine playing cricket at such a big level. Now as I got an opportunity so I will put all my efforts to make my country proud of me and my team. We will win the World Cup and bring teh glorious victory to the country,” he maintained.

Shahbaz is a real hero who knows how to achieve set goals of life. He will be looking forward to the support of cricket fans as they are going to represent Pakistan in a World Cup which features India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and England.

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