CricketArchive
spacer spacer
topimage spacer
midimage spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer


spacer
spacer
spacerFeatures Logo spacer
spacer
spacer
Media Releases
Current Month
Previous Month
spacer
spacer
spacer
Ranking
Batting Ranking
Bowling Ranking
spacer
spacer
spacer
Pictures
Our Picture Galleries
spacer
spacer
spacer
Publications
Inquiries and Report
spacer
spacer
spacer
Search
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
Scorecards
spacer
Scorecard search
spacer
Players
spacer
Scorecard search
spacer

spacer spacer spacer
spacer
spacer
Mohamamd Irfan's selection for the Pakistan one day squad is a true modern day fairy tale.
by PakPassion.Net


Player:Mohammad Irfan

DateLine: 3rd September 2010

Irfan is a 6'10 fast bowler from Multan who was playing club cricket under the watchful eye of former Pakistan pace bowler Nadeem Iqbal.

During an interview with PakPassion.net in 2009, Iqbal mentioned Irfan's name as a bowler of gigantic stature and immense potential in need of support and a recommendation to the National Cricket Academy.

PakPassion.net brought Irfan's name to the attention of the NCA's coach Aaqib Javed who eventually invited Irfan for trials. Aaqib liked what he saw and suggested that Irfan pack his bags and move in at the NCA. Irfan quit his day job in a factory, bid his family farewell and boarded a bus to Lahore where eager support staff at the NCA got to work on nurturing his raw talent and ability.

The financial burden of quitting his job over cricket was difficult. Irfan managed to support himself partly thanks to a group of Pakistan cricket fans and volunteers at PakPassion.net, who sponsored him financially during this period, helping him purchase his first pair of bowling shoes and contributing towards his general upkeep and travel costs until he was able to secure a paid contract with a first class club.

Now under the watchful eye of coaches Aaqib Javed, Aamir Sohail and NCA's fitness trainer Saboor Ahmed, Irfan worked on his bowling and stamina, and it was not long before he was ready for first class cricket.

Whilst no first class team took a gamble on a raw and untried youngster, PakPassion.net stepped in once again and brought Irfan to the attention of KRL skipper Mohammad Wasim whilst Wasim was in Manchester. At PakPassion.net's strong recommendation, former Pakistan Test player Wasim agreed to meet with Irfan on his return to Pakistan.

Wasim invited Irfan for a trial with KRL and once again Irfan impressed and was duly awarded a contract to play first-class cricket by Rawalpindi based KRL who boast the likes of Yasir Arafat, Shoaib Akhtar and Azhar Ali in their ranks.

Irfan's inaugural season in Pakistan domestic cricket was a very successful one where he caught the eye of cricket fans and selectors with his nagging line, unerring lengths and unplayable bounce. According to most keen observers it was only a matter of time before he was presented with the green cap of Pakistan.

Irfan has been a steady performer for the Pakistan "A" team currently taking part in the tri-series in Sri Lanka and his inclusion in the Pakistan squad is just rewards for this hard working gentle giant.

(Article: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author only.
Copyright © 2010 PakPassion.Net)
spacer

spacer spacer
spacer
Live Commentary & Scores
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

spacer
Pakistan International Cricket
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
Pakistan in West Indies 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan in Australia 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan in New Zealand 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan Women in New Zealand 2016/17
spacer
West Indies in UAE 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan in England and Ireland 2016
spacer
Pakistan Women in England 2016
spacer
ICC Women's World Twenty20 2015/16
spacer
ICC World Twenty/20 2015/16
spacer
Asia Cup 2015/16
spacer
ICC Under-19 World Cup 2015/16
spacer
Pakistan in New Zealand 2015/16
spacer
England Lions in United Arab Emirates 2015/16
spacer
England in United Arab Emirates 2015/16
spacer
Pakistan Under-19s in Sri Lanka 2015/16
spacer
Pakistan Women in West Indies and USA 2015/16
spacer
Bangladesh Women in Pakistan 2015/16
spacer
Pakistan in Zimbabwe 2015/16
spacer
ICC Women's Championship 2014 to 2016/17
spacer
Pakistan Defence Force in England 2015
spacer
Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2015
spacer
Pakistan A in Sri Lanka 2015
spacer
Pakistan in Bangladesh 2015
spacer
Zimbabwe in Pakistan 2015
spacer
Afghanistan Under-19s in Pakistan 2014/15
spacer
Australia in United Arab Emirates 2014/15
spacer
ICC World Cup 2014/15
spacer
Kenya in Pakistan 2014/15
spacer
New Zealand in United Arab Emirates 2014/15
spacer
Pakistan in New Zealand 2014/15
spacer
Pakistan Under-19s in Kenya 2014/15
spacer
Pakistan A in United Arab Emiraes 2014/15
spacer
South Africa Women in UAE 2014/15
spacer
Sri Lanka Women in United Arab Emirates 2014/15
spacer

2016/17 | 2016 | 2015/16 | 2015 | 2014/15 | 2014 | 2013/14 | 2013 | 2012/13 | 2012 | 2011/12 | All Seasons


spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer


spacer
spacer
spacer
Pakistan International Cricket
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
Cool and Cool Presents National T-20 Cup 2016/17
spacer
Inter-Region Under 19 One-Day Tournament 2016/17
spacer
Inter-Region Under 19 Tournament 2016/17
spacer
National One Day Cup Regions 2016/17
spacer
One Day Cup Departments 2016/17
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Grade II) 2016/17
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2016/17
spacer
Haier Pakistan Cup One Day 2016
spacer
Inter-District Senior Tournament 2016
spacer
Inter-District Under 19 Tournament 2016
spacer
MFJN Women's Cricket Championship 2016
spacer
Pepsi PCB Cricket Stars U16s Tmnt 2016
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy (Grade II) 2015/16
spacer
PCB Patron's Trophy (Grade II) 2015/16
spacer
HBL Pakistan Super League 2015/16
spacer
National One Day Cup 2015/16
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2015/16
spacer
PCB Game Development Under 19 Pentangular Tournament 2015/16
spacer
Cool and Cool Presents Haier Mobile T-20 Cup 2015/16
spacer
Inter-Region Under 19 One-Day Tournament 2015/16
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Inter Department Qualifying 2015/16
spacer
Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Inter Region Qualifying 2015/16
spacer

2016/17 | 2016 | 2015/16 | 2015 | 2014/15 | 2014 | 2013/14 | 2013 | 2012/13 | 2012 | 2011/12 | 2011 | All Seasons

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
Other International Cricket
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer
spacer

Copyright © 2004-2017 Micro Electronics Technology Inc., and CricketArchive