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Usman Qadir contradicts U-turn over ditching Australia

Pakistani wrist spinner Usman Qadir has conceded that forsaking his desires to represent Australia were not deliberately his intentions on Tuesday. His hopes for becoming Australian citizen in time for one year from now’s T20 world cup were thin.

Leggie is all set to enlight the dreams of his father; Abdul Qadir late [legendary Pakistani leg spinner] playing for the sake of Pakistan. The 26 year will be making his T20 debut while having his comeback to his native country earlier this year and procuring a call-up for Pakistan’s T20 tour of Australia.

The 26 year old said that he had found about his selection through his wife who has recently given birth to their daughter and is very pleased to know another good news as well. Usman is still in the process of applying visa, as he has represented Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in all three formats making former state coach Justin Langer astonished.

On the matter, he has said,

“I don’t know what the Australians are going to say to me,” he said. “But he [Langer] is a very nice guy, very down to earth. Every time [I see him] he encourages me, and gives me good advice. I learned a lot from him.”

“I’m a left-handed batsman as well so whenever I have had difficulties, I watch Justin Langer because he was a great player,” he added.

“They are very good people and when I got selected for the Pakistan team, they messaged me and congratulated me, and that’s a good sign,” he said. “I really learned a lot in Australia, playing in the Big Bash and in the (domestic) one-dayers. It’s a good thing I’ve already played there.”

“Australian cricketers are really good… if you’re a spinner, they attack you, they come really hard. If you have the basics, you can do well,” he added.

Photo courtesy: Cricket Australia

Photo Courtesy: Cricket Australia

Usman has also recently represented Central Punjab in four games of Pakistan domestic T20Is competition. Later, newly appointed chief selector and head coach selected him for upcoming three match T20 series against Australia. On being selected and denying U turn, he said,

“My ambition was to play for Australia before. I said to my father I did not get any chances to play in Pakistan. I wanted to go to Australia and wanted to make a career over there,” said Usman. “My father said, ‘My wish is for you to play for Pakistan, for your own country. If you want to go there [Australia], you can – it’s your own decision. But my dream is for you to play for Pakistan.'”

“[Then] the PCB put my name in for the national T20 and selected me for Australia tour. Everyone said to me that I had made a U-turn – I didn’t make a U-turn. I said before that I wanted to play for Australia but it’s a big opportunity to play for your own country,” he added.
 
 
 

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