Usman Qadir remembers late father Abdul after getting maiden Pakistan call-up
Usman now wants to use the experience he has gained in Australia during the upcoming series.
Updated - Oct 27, 2019 12:48 pm
Like every father, Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir also harbored the dream of seeing his son Usman play for the country although the latter had left to play for Australia a couple of years ago. The moment eventually has come as Usman has been picked for the Pakistan squad that will head Down Under for a T20I series starting next month but Abdul is no more there to witness the family’s glory. The legendary spinner passed away last month following a cardiac arrest. He was only 63.
For Usman, Abdul’s youngest son, it’s a never-to-be-healed loss. The 26-year-old, who has got his maiden national call, was quoted as saying by bdcrictme: “Everything changed when my dad passed on. My main goal progressed toward becoming to satisfy his desire. At the point when I was going to Australia, the one thing he said was ‘I wish you proceed to get the Pakistan star on your chest.’ Everyone wants to represent their own nation, and I’m the same. Since I’m going to Australia, I’m truly missing him and if he was alive he’d be so glad.”
Usman, who is also a leg-spinner like his late father, made his debut in Pakistan’s domestic cricket in 2010. Soon, he was disappointed with the inner politics and decided to leave for Australia. Down Under, he played for the Perth Scorchers and Western Australia besides having a stint with Sydney grade club Hawkesbury.
Usman looking forward to using his Australia experience
Usman now wants to use the experience he has gained in Australia during the upcoming series. “The conditions in Australia help quick bowlers, my point is to utilize the conditions and give a tough time to the home side, playing on hard and bouncy pitches will be an extraordinary experience and a learning curve for me,” Usman said, adding leg-spin, googly and flipper are his main weapons.
Pakistan have gone for a complete overhaul of their T20I team following the recent 0-3 loss against a second-string Sri Lanka at home. Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as the skipper and his deputy Babar Azam took over from him. The decision came under criticism since it was drastically taken but yet head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq remained firm on his position saying there was no conspiracy at play against Sarfaraz.