Pakistan may currently be coached by two of their most famous batsmen. But for inspiration, the newest member of their squad is looking slightly east. Haider Ali, who rose to national prominence after scoring a half-century for Pakistan. Haider scored in an otherwise painfully one-sided defeat to India in the Under-19 World Cup semi-final. He views India’s Rohit Sharma as his main inspiration.
Haider emerged as one of Pakistan’s most promising young batsmen by excelling in all three formats. The 19-year-old had a splendid opening season. He has culminated in a second-innings 134 for the unfancied Northern side in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final.
Haider is a highly rated batting talent to have emerged from Pakistan in recent times and was part of their U-19 team. They that lost to India in the junior world cup semi-final earlier this year. Such has been his rise that the 19-year-old has been included in Pakistan’s 29 member squad for the upcoming England tour.
“I always wanted to play under the coaching of Younis Khan, and I’m glad for that opportunity this time,” Haider said. “want to learn as much as possible from this tour and ask lots of questions of both Younis and Misbah. I want to learn how to play all three formats and what mindset to approach all three formats with. I’m very excited about how much I can grow over these next three months.”
“My aim was to represent Pakistan. My aim is to play all three formats, and my preparation for all three formats is great. Recently in the domestic first-class competition, I did well, and before that there was the U-19 World Cup. As soon as I get the chance, I’ll give my best,” he said.