Mohammad Ilyas targets big strides in HBL PSL

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Mohammad Ilyas made an instant mark in Pakistan’s domestic cricket, taking 10 wickets on his first-class debut against Islamabad for Peshawar last year.

    The 20-year-old returned figures of five for 69 and five for 61 for Peshawar versus Islamabad in October last year and then backed it up with figures of four for 69 and five for 44 against Sui Southern Gas Corporation (SSGC) to finish with an impressive 33 wickets in just five games of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2018-19 edition.

    He was picked up by Multan Sultans in the HBL PSL 4 and is trying his best to live up to his potential.

    “It’s fantastic to be selected in the PSL,” Ilyas told “I was playing a first-class match during which I got a call from the coach informing that I will be part of the HBL PSL with Multan squad. I then thought my hard work had started to pay-off.”

    Ilyas made a mark with his speed and the ability to swing the ball. He has so far managed four wickets in four matches with a best of two for 21 against a formidable Islamabad Unitedbatting line-up.

    “It’s been great and everyone in Multan is supporting me and the encouragement is a tonic and I am hopeful that my good performance will help me get a place in the Pakistan team,” vowed Ilyas.

    Ilyas said his parents never stopped him from playing cricket.

    “My family is religious, but they never stopped me from playing cricket. My father and grandfather are all religious scholars,” said Ilyas. “I am thankful to my elder brothers Saeed-ur-Rehman, Shabbir and Zia as they not only supported me financially but also used to help me get me permission from the parents.”

    “My father never stops me, but all the time advises me of hard work.”

    Ilyas played his initial cricket in Peshawar and based his bowling on former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif and England’s James Anderson.

    “I started playing in club cricket in Peshawar. I had seniors like Rizwan, Iftikhar and had coach in Fazl-e- Akbar, and they guided me well. I was helped by Abdul Rehman and they all guided me so well that I became a good player.”

    HBL PSL is Ilyas’s second step and he hopes to shine here and go to higher levels.
  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Emerging speedster Ilyas aims to play Test cricket for Pakistan


    Emerging fast bowler Mohammad Ilyas has been a rising circuit in Pakistan’s domestic cricket and now intends to represent Pakistan in Test cricket in the coming years.

    “Obviously like all other players I too wish to play for Pakistan and fortunately the way I am performing and getting the rhythm, I am hopeful to play Test cricket for Pakistan in two, three years,” said Ilyas, quoted PCB.

    The 20 years old Peshawar born was part of the Multan Sultans franchise in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL), unfortunately was not able to go pass the round robin stage however, Ilyas was impressive in the tournament picking up 10 wickets in eight PSL appearances.

    At the moment Ilyas is part of the Sindh squad in the ongoing 50-overs Pakistan National Cup, talking about his experience in the tournament Ilyas said that playing alongside senior players such as Junaid Khan is quite helpful in one’s game development.

    “You learn a lot of things while playing alongside senior players, we learn how to be economical and take wickets… my strength is mostly delivering in swingers and I stick to bowl stump to stump, whereas, my weakness is in bowling an out swinger on which I am working on,” said Ilyas.
  3. Sultan Yusuf

    Sultan Yusuf Talented

    Sep 1, 2010
  4. Mohammed Bilal

    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

    Jul 17, 2017
    132-138. Mostly 133
  5. ShokoTolo_LoloMoto

    ShokoTolo_LoloMoto Talented

    Apr 16, 2010
    Hopefully not the second coming of Imran Farhat’s father-in-Law.

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