Zeeshan Malik

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  1. chandtara
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    Pakistan’s ODI struggles with the bat in 2018 seem to be a far cry from the heady days of 2017 where some emerging talents had provided renewed hope of resurgence for the Champions Trophy winners.
    More in hope rather than with any firm conviction, supporters of Pakistan cricket are now turning their attention towards the next edition of the Pakistan Super League, where they expect the next batting superstar will make a dramatic appearance and herald a turnaround for Pakistan’s fortunes in the 50-over format, a la Fakhar Zaman in 2017.

    All eyes were thus eagerly focused on the PSL draft which took place on 20th November, with a multitude of young hopefuls looking forward to getting an opportunity to showcase their variety of skills in Pakistan’s premier T20 league.

    Of the many youngsters hoping for a golden opportunity to ignite their budding careers was 21-year-old Zeeshan Malik, an opening batsman from Chakwal who excelled while representing Pakistan at the Under-19 World Cup in 2016. In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, a crestfallen Zeeshan explained why he felt he had a strong case to be selected by one of the PSL sides, and expressed his disappointment at being overlooked during the draft despite impressive recent performances in domestic cricket.

    “I honestly thought that this would be my year and my chance for a Pakistan Super League contract”, he said. “I am totally gutted that I have missed out once again.”

    With scores of 145, 149 and 118 for Rawalpindi in the recently concluded Quaid-e-Azam One Day Cup, Zeeshan felt he was in with an excellent chance of being chosen by one of the six PSL teams. He stated, “I have been in good form and made three centuries in my last 4 List-A innings and the ball has been coming nicely off the bat. I have been batting with great confidence and have really felt good about my batting this season.”

    Having taken part in Lahore Qalandars’ Rising Stars T20 tournament and Islamabad United’s Twin Cities Takra T20 tournament last year, the youngster hit three fantastic hundreds and was convinced that he would be selected this time around by one of the franchises after following up those performances with superb displays for Rawalpindi in the 50-over format.

    “I was really looking forward to showcasing my ability at one of the world's premier Twenty20 tournaments, but it wasn't to be”, he said. “What can I say, other than I am heartbroken at missing out on PSL4, a tournament that is all about giving opportunities to young Pakistani players and giving them a chance to shine on the world stage.”

    Despite being in the emerging players lists for the PSL drafts for all four editions of the tournament, the young batsman has not been picked a single time so far. However, he is not ready to give up just yet.

    “Whilst I am really downbeat at the moment, as a professional sportsman you have to lift yourself and look ahead to the future. All I can do is to perform whenever I get the chance and in whatever format that is. You have to take the blows on your chin and rise from them, but the continuous setbacks are tough to take.”

    The looming National T20 Cup 2018 (December 10th-25th) is an ideal chance for Zeeshan to showcase his skills and show why the PSL franchises made an error by overlooking him and he is upbeat about performing well in this tournament.

    “The upcoming National Twenty20 tournament gives me a chance to show once again what I can do”, he articulated. “I will be focused on scoring heavily in this tournament and impressing whoever I need to impress to enable me to get a chance in future editions of the Pakistan Super League tournaments. I'll be playing for Multan in this tournament and this gives me the chance to make a fresh start and hopefully get a proper chance in the Twenty-Over format.”

    Along with performing well in the near future, a thoughtful Zeeshan also realises that he may have to take some tough decisions in order to bring about a change in his fortunes and kick-start his career. Since his domestic cricket debut for Rawalpindi in 2016, he has played only 16 matches across formats. “I guess I have to look at where I am as a cricketer and make some tough decisions about my future”, he stated. “Sometimes you have to make difficult decisions today for a better tomorrow. Let's see what happens but I am definitely looking at my options at the moment as that may mean that I will get more opportunities and the chance to really play on a regular basis rather than the occasional match.”

    The youngster is, however, keeping his spirits high. He knows that with almost three months to go for the commencement of PSL 4, a lot can happen in that time frame, and there is an outside chance of him being picked as a replacement player. He is also aware of the fact that the Pakistan Cricket Board permitted a 21st pick for the PSL teams one year ago after the conclusion in the 2017 National T20 Cup. If such an eventuality were to happen again, the door would once again be opened for players such as Zeeshan which is an opportunity that he would accept with both hands.

    “Despite the setback of not being picked for PSL4, I am keeping my spirits up as you never know what may happen as I may be called up as a replacement player. Of course, I wouldn't wish injury on any player but sometimes one player's loss is another player's gain, and even getting into the Pakistan Super League as a replacement player would be an amazing outcome.”

    There is little doubt that, akin to any other developing cricketer, Zeeshan just wants a chance to show his abilities in front of a worldwide audience where the opportunities for exposure are unlimited. For that to happen, he needs regular chances to impress and when he gets them, he needs to make them count as he did in the Quaid-e-Azam One Day Cup earlier this season. This is a challenge that Zeeshan Malik understands fully and is ready to take on, “I just want that chance to show my talent properly and not in bit-parts every now and then. Hopefully going forward, I will be playing on a more regular basis and that is important as a cricketer, because that means you get that chance to show selectors and the public what you are made of. I'm remaining positive, don't count me out just yet.”

    https://www.cricketworld.com/-i-am-heartbroken-at-missing-out-on-psl4-zeeshan-malik/53649.htm
     
  2. Del
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    On one hand we have sumo wrestler like Azam khan, who gets free ride due to his father.

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    On other hand, we have deserving player like Zeeshan, who in spite of everything, can't find a contract. So its natural and I wouldn't blame the guy. I feel for him.
     
  3. Mohammed Bilal
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    Motu is a good batsman but clearly a nepotistic selection, Sarfraz our captain went along with it, Moin wouldn’t be that dumb to force this on Sarfraz unless he has no shame whatsoever.
     
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    Tells you everything about his mentality.. psl is a shortcut route to national team

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    He has barely even played 15 domestic matches yet and is already heartbroken of missing out on PSL lol

    Players like Faheem, Imam and Abbas made it into the national team without playing PSL. If they can do it, so can this guy, if he is good enough.
     
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    whats wrong in getting free rides ? PSL is about earning loads of cash for these players. Its not selection for the International side. The whining kid mentioned in OP is more interested in those big cheque than earning the right to represent Pakistan internationally
     
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  9. Del
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    For once in your life try to use your brain Patriot.
     
  10. Del
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    Only Abbas made into the team without PSL, Faheem was spotted due to PSL certainly and Imam is playing, because of this uncle - no brainer.

    Ahmed Shahzad should've been playing ahead of him in Test for sure. Because this is the only format he deserve to represent his country.
     
  11. Mohammed Bilal
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    Faheem was not spotted in PSL, was in and around the set up since Champions Trophy.
     
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    Shakeel Ansar aged 40 is playing PSL so yeh you are right.
     
  13. Del
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    Dude, he was spotted clearly due to PSL. Bowled well and played some good cameo's in PSL.
     
  14. Mohammed Bilal
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    What do you mean?

    Clearly you are wrong, didn’t play PSL 2, played PSL 3 which came after champions trophy.
     
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    My bad, I am keep on saying Faheem but keep on thinking about Shadab.
     
  16. Del
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    One thing Zeeshan is missing connections.

    When Jaahid Ali can get a PSL contract, due to his city of birth (I am not sure who is behind the selection of Jaahid), then Zeeshan could have it too.

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    Zeeshan should try to develop good relationship with those seniors (Like Misbah, Afridi or Hafeez etc) who are current players PSL and also ex-coaches like and those who are involved in the PSL, like Wasim, Waqar, Rashid, Moin and Mohammad Akram etc. Like it or not, but this is how it works in Pakistan.
     
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    Na, it’s alright, I was also thinking what is he on about, lol.
     
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    maddgenius Whispering Death

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    He's class

     
  19. Del
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    This thread is a good exhibition of many knowledgeable poster and their knowledge of domestic players, specially those who haven't played for Pakistan yet.

    No wonder Pakistan has no talent, because many don't even know who are good players in domestic.
     
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    3 hundreds in his last 4 List A matches. He hasn't played much because of dirty politics in Pindi region.
     
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    I heard very soon he will switch region and will represent some other region, there is no hope under this buffon Shakeel Sheikh. I don't understand how come he has so much power.
     
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    maddgenius Whispering Death

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    Gonna play for Multan in Pakistan cup. Hope he gets selected for Asian emerging cup too
     
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    I promise you, you'll be calling for his head after 10 matches. Guys like you hype up all these youngsters in domestic cricket and then once they play in the national team and fail, like most of them do, you start asking for some new wonderkid to be introduced into the national side.

    This circle carries on for ever and ever, because you are ignorant of the truth and never satisfied.
     
  24. Mohammed Bilal
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    We just want him to get a chance, by no means is he finished, looks very raw, will be eaten up alive in Intl cricket right now but the point is we need him and Saif maybe in 2023 WC, so they have 4-5 years, in PSL it’s very important because if I’m a batsman and Amir is bowling to me in nets and I play him nicely I will get so much confidence that I can play well against an Intl level bowler also Intl batsman can help you with your game and share knowledge, of course you are right, Hussainy and Sahibzada Farhan have been flops and don’t look Intl level at all, maybe they were brought early maybe they are not Intl class, I don’t know, Asif Ali is just a tullah like Afridi, need to kick him out of the set up ASAP.
     
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    That's fine, 2023 is a long time away. Once he has played a full domestic season, PSL teams will notice him. Add another year and he will be in the national side. He is only 21, if he makes it into the national side at 24-25 that's not a bad age. There's gonna be a lot of spots in the batting line up after the World Cup when Malik and Hafeez will retire.

    All our currently performing batsmen had a lot of experience before they made it into the team. Even Babar had been spoon fed ever since the under-16s. He is young, but he had been under PCBs supervision since a long time, which is why its paying off right now. Similarly Fakhar and Haris, our 2 other top batsmen were averaging 50-60 for full seasons before they got their chance in the national team. This guy on the other hand only has 6-8 matches under his belt in each format and already wants to be fast tracked into the top tier.
     
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    Guy has a best score of 47 in 16 first class innings at an average of 15 and apparently he is class.

    16 innings and not a single 50!
     
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    Like I said our domestic system is like Jekyll and Hyde, Ifti is averaging good in domestics but fails at Intl level and the level below every time, Jahid Ali averaged only 28 and 34 but has a century against an attack including Mark Wood, All of our main senior team players apart from Sarfraz couldn’t score a century against Mark Wood but he did so it shows that numbers some times cannot be trusted, sometimes a player will perform exactly like his FC numbers, some will over achieve and some will simply have averages of 40 but will bat like a clown in Intl cricket.
     
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    I disagree. Look at Fakhar, Babar, Haris, Umar Akmal, all these guys' domestic and intl averages. They are roughly around the same.

    In fact I would say Nasir Jamshed is a prime example. He averaged 35 in List A when he was selected for Pakistan but after 20-30 ODIs he was averaging 50+ for us, which surprised many. But what happened then? Teams figured him out and his ODI numbers went down to exactly his List A stats.

    Out of our recent players, I would say Ahmad Shehzad is the only one who constantly averaged ~45 in List A yet couldn't replicate that in International cricket.

    P.S. I'm only mentioning players who have played a good amount of cricket for Pakistan, hence the reference to Shahzad, Akmal and Jamshed. You may point out some players who did better/worse in intl but the sample size will most likely not be large enough.
     
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    one thing I would add to that is that when there is variance between domestic stats and international stats, its very rarely that someone does better internationally by a significant margin as compared to his domestic stats.

    so pretty much domestics stats show the effective ceiling for the majority of players. in some cases, guys cant take that domestic form up to the next level, like shehzad, or ramprakash and hick are the most often quoted examples, but they are exceptions, not the rule. its very easy to check, as you correctly point out, pull out a random sample set of 20 players anywhere in the world and look at how close domestic stats are to their international numbers.

    unfortunately thickos including in the pakistan thick tank seem to believe that one good innings is far more important than long term career stats, which is why we still have an underperforming side, are rated where we are, and why we keep giving mediocre batsmen a long rope, and the outperforms a short one for whatever reason.
     
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    and if there is a set difference between a player's intl and domestic performance, 9 out of 10 times you will find a reasonable explanation for that being the case
     
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    You guys said the same thing about Afridi, and we don't miss him at all
     
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    What I’ve notice about a lot of these youngsters is that they hack & swing at the ball rather than play proper cricket shots.
     
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    @Redix sorry I accidentally gave you a negative mark lol
     
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    Actually I have been following him (and Saif Badar too) since Under-19 World Cup, which was played in 2016 (the guy is well known in the pindi cricket circuit).

    https://www.news18.com/cricketnext/...-19-live-score-full-enupku02122016180837.html

    He was the third-highest scorer for Pakistan in the U19 World Cup with 225 runs (and he played one innings lesser than the top two scorers). He hit around four hundreds in four consecutive regional U19 games before the U19 World Cup.

    His sample size is not huge but let me share some data I possess.

    He played in the Islamabad United Twin Cities Takra tournament and made two hundreds while captaining the Allahabad Auliyas side.

    upload_2018-11-27_10-26-7.png

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    (Pay heed for which team he played for).

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    And here are some videos.

    100 off 64 balls for Rawalpindi opener in 2017 Rising Stars tournament
    https://dai.ly/x62e23c

    74* off 64 balls for Rawalpindi opener in 2017 Rising Stars tournament
    https://dai.ly/x629osk

    38 off 28 balls for Rawalpindi in 2017 Rising Stars Tournament
    https://dai.ly/x63mp2c



    Quaid-e-Azam Cup On day, Made 145 and helped his side to win the game.
    https://www.pcb.com.pk/quaideazam-cup-one-day-201819/match/31878.html

    (Try to observe bowling attack)


    Made 145.


    Zeeshan malik 149 Vs Lahore , 2nd Century of Season


    Zeeshan malik 118 vs Multan 24 10 2018 , Season 2018


    The guy is a stroke maker, likes to attach and play his shots from get go. Checkout his SR in all his innings. His scores show he has the right attitude towards the batting. Things stand out in his game are, A) excellent B) strike-rate, consistency C) ratio of being not-outs D)scored more than 50% of innings total, both in winning effort. These are like real match winning innings in LO cricket.

    Last but not the least, guy is an opener, and we desperately need an opener like him who can play modern cricket.

    Hope I have made myself clear - I dont hype players for no reason. I monitor certain players, watch their game and then judge them.

    Now let me throw a curveball at you. If Zeeshan doesnt deserve PSL emerging player category contract then why Jaahid Ali does? Not to mention latter is 4 days specialist.
     

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  35. maddgenius
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    Selected for asian emerging cup
     
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    He looks like an excellent big hitter. I don't see him working out in International Cricket with that footwork, but he's more than good enough for PSL. Glad to see him selected for the Emerging Cup
     
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    See what you have got mate.
     
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    Breakthrough year for him in FC cricket, averaging 56 this year.

    InshaAllah, he gets selected for the PSL this time.
     

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