Minor League T20 Players Spotlight: Hammad Azam and Zain Saeed
By Tanushka Gain
on Sat Sep 11 2021
Zain Saeed met former Rajasthan Royals coach Monty Desai at the age of 15. That’s when Desai decided to stay in Atlanta for about 3 years. By that time Syed had played only a few times with a proper cricket ball. The next 3 years saw Desai perform consistently in a reasonably competitive cricket environment in Atlanta.
In which he had raw all-around talent. And some were fine with Desai himself. When the Rajasthan Royals schedule arrived, Desai became convinced of Syed’s abilities and invited the 19-year-old Syed to train with the game’s greats like Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid at the IPL team’s camp in Mumbai.
Zain Saeed, who was pursuing a degree in finance at the university, decided to take the opportunity without reconsidering the consequences of skipping a semester. To say that was a leap of faith. Would be an understatement because ten years ago the American cricket scene was nowhere near what it is today.
The means or the way to become a professional cricketer did not exist. But in the second season of (Minor League Cricket) MLC 8 matches close to 400 runs at an astronomical average of 78.4, with a jaw drop strike rate of 170.4, Syed is again confident of the ultimate award of a Major League Cricket contract. Used to be.
“It’s really gratifying to score runs against quality opposition and see my team chasing a quick target at home. Especially playing on turf wickets. Which is a confidence booster. I am in rhythm, could have scored more runs with him,” said Zain Saeed after scoring an unbeaten 98 and helping his team win a last-over thriller against the likes of Devendra Bishoo and USA bowlers Kyle Phillips and Roy Silva.
Zain Saeed, by his own admission, started out as a bowling all-rounder. And looked at Speed Gun in the early ’80s before breaking his ankle. “I am being disciplined with my training routine. Putting in hard yards. Bowling has been on the back burner for a few seasons. But I know it is something that adds to my value as a cricketer and Looking forward to working on that again,” Saeed added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan international Hammad Azam has been a talisman for his team Golden State Grizzlies. Azam, one of the cleanest strikers of Pakistan. Making the bat at death easy in MILC. So far to go from an impressive strike rate of 215 with an average of 59, an ice-cool Azam has been chasing runs for the Grizzlies for fun. His balls-to-sixes ratio is the highest in the tournament. He averages a six in almost every 5 balls.
Zain Saeed said “I’m quite amazed by the level of competition here in the US. I didn’t expect to face such challenging cricket. It’s like any other professional home set I’ve been with. Boys are I consistent with my experiences. I’m in my ears about the Pakistan team and we’re nurturing each other’s energy. I’m enjoying my time here in California. It’s like a home away from home, with the entire population of the subcontinent.”
Hammad Azam started his batting with the Pakistan Under-19 team in his early days with Pakistan captain Babar Azam. His career has clearly taken different paths since then. But Hammad found a quick home breakthrough at the 2010 U19 World Cup in New Zealand. His unbeaten cameo of 21 off 13 balls sealed a tense two-wicket win over India. Whereas mature innings of 92 runs in the semi-final against West Indies propelled Pakistan to the final against Australia.
Hammad Azam was fast-tracked to Pakistan’s senior side in 2011. With most of his success down the order in the U19 World Cup, Hammad was appointed the next Abdul Razzaq and was burdened to play as a finisher at a fairly young age. He not quite ready for the big stage, he was duly removed. He played a total of 11 ODIs and 2 T20Is in a span of 4 years with his last appearance for Pakistan at the age of 24 in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2015.
Despite being the fastest hitter in the country, his performances in the PSL have also been counted. Like his other countrymen and teammates in the Grizzlies Sami Aslam, this would not come as a surprise. If Azam leaves Pakistan and looks for greener pastures elsewhere due to years of neglect by the establishment of Pakistan.
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