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spinner Shadab Khan
a long history of unearthing
raw, talented players and in
teenage leg-spinner Shadab
Khan, it looks like they may
have discovered another star
in the making.
The 18-year-old made his inter-
national debut in last week's Twen-
ty20 series against the West Indies
and could hardly have been more
impressive, capturing 10 wickets
against the world champions to be
named player of the series.
His main attacking weapon is the
googly---a delivery that spins from
the off side towards leg---baffling
batsmen expecting the ball to turn
the other way.
"I know my googlies are getting
famous, but that's not the only
one," Shadab told Associated Press
from Guyana on Monday. "I really
work hard on leg-spin and flippers
too and will try to be the best in all
Shadab caught the eye of the
senior national selectors when
he played in the Pakistan Super
League for defending champions
Islamabad United---led by test cap-
His took nine wickets in eight
matches and was rewarded for
his efforts by being fast-tracked
into the Pakistan limited-overs
squad for the series against the
Pakistan's limited-overs captain
Sarfraz Ahmed expects Shadab
could play test matches in the near
future if he continues his rapid pro-
"I believe that if I put in more
hard work, I will definitely get more
rewards in international cricket,"
A reluctant spinner, Shadab
comes from Mianwali, which is also
the home town of Misbah and Paki-
stan's World Cup winning skipper
In 2010, he shifted to Rawalpindi,
the hometown of another Pakistan
speedster Shoaib Akhtar, and like
millions of Pakistani youngsters,
his first love was pace bowling.
It was only when he was at the
Siddique Akbar Club in Rawalpindi
that he was spotted by the club's
president Sajjad Ahmed, who en-
couraged him to try wrist spin.
"When I started playing club
cricket I used to be a fast bowler,"
Shadab said. "But then our pres-
ident of the club told me to start
bowling leg-spin and I started
working hard on this art."
Ahmed said he immediately
knew Shadab had the talent to play
at the highest level.
"He worked hard and I knew that
he would get his chance at inter-
national level," Ahmed told the AP.
It wasn't long before others
began to think the same. In 2015,
Shadab was part of the Pakistan
Under-17 team which played
against England in the United Arab
Emirates. He took 10 wickets in four
Last year, he was the joint leading
wicket-taker with 11 wickets at the
Under-19 World Cup.
He was promoted to the Pakistan
A team and made his first class de-
but against Sri Lanka, scoring 48
runs and taking five wickets. Then
he followed that by taking 14 wick-
ets and hitting 132 runs in the series
against Zimbabwe A.
Shadab has been fine-tuning
his skills under the guidance of
United's coaches Dean Jones and
Wasim Akram and also with Mush-
taq Ahmed at the National Cricket
Academy in Lahore.
"I used to bowl wide of the crease
and later I was taught by Dean Jones
which has benefited me a lot."
The former Australian interna-
tional batsman Jones said he could
not be more impressed by the at-
tributes he sees in Shadab.
"The very first time Akram and I
saw Shadab in the nets, we looked
at each other and said, 'this boy is
pure gold'," Jones told www.Pak-
"He is an interesting player to
coach and I have said this before
as well, that for an 18-year-old-kid
he has the head of a 30-year-old
"He has pretty much hit the
ground running and yes, he will get
whacked a few times in his career
but Pakistan have something spe-
Sri Lanka beats Bangladesh
by 6 wickets in 1st T20
Perera hit 77 runs off 53
deliveries to propel Sri
Lanka to a six-wicket
win over Bangladesh
in the first of their two
Mashrafe Mortaza won
the toss and elected to
bat first, with his team
going on to make 155 for
six wickets in 20 overs.
Mosaddek Hossain top-
scored for the tourists
with an unbeaten 34.
Lasith Malinga took
two wickets for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka reached its
target with seven deliver-
ies to spare. Perera's sixth
half-century innings in
als included a six and nine
Malinga gave Sri Lan-
ka a promising start with
the ball, bowling out in-
form Tamim Iqbal with
the second delivery of
But Soumya Sarkar (29)
and Sabbir Rahman (16)
led a recovery, adding 57
runs for the second wick-
et with more than 10 runs
an over. But a brilliant
direct hit from Seekkuge
Prasanna found Rahman
inches short of his crease.
Bangladesh lost anoth-
er wicket without addi-
tion to the score when
Sarkar was caught by
Thisara Perera off seamer
Sri Lanka's bowlers
soon had Bangladesh 82
for five, before Hossain
and Mahmudullah Riyad
shared 57 runs for the
sixth wicket to the tour-
ists a competitive total.
Kusal Perera led Sri
Lanka's reply, sharing 65
over with captain Upul
Tharanga was caught
by Mustafizur Rahman
off a delivery from Mor-
taza, who then caught
and bowled Dilshan Mu-
Sri Lankan batsmen Seekkuge Prasanna, right, and
Thisara Perera celebrate their team's victory over
Bangladesh in the first Twenty20 cricket match in
Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan
naweera for eight.
Asela Gunaratne was
run out for 17 and Perera
was out last caught by
Sarkar off seam bowler
Mortaza returned 2-32.
The second Twenty20,
and final match of the
Bangladesh tour, will be
played tomorrow. (AP)
Sri Lanka 158-4 in 18.5
overs (Kusal Perera 77;
Mashrafe Mortaza 2-32)
def. Bangladesh 155-6 in 20
overs (Mosaddek Hossain
34 not out, Mahmudullah
Riyad 31; Lasith Malinga
2-38) by six wickets.
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