Saeed Anwar Jr., captain of Khan Research Laboratories in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, has become the 3rd batsman to complete 8000 runs in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He completed the feat during the second round of the tournament where he guided his team to a 6-wicket win over FATA.
Saeed Anwar has played 140 matches in the tournament and has scored 8008 runs with the help of 20 hundreds and 35 half-centuries. Only Shafiq Ahmed & Ijaz Ahmed Jr. have racked up more runs than him who have scored 8787 and 8337 runs respectively.
He made his Quaid-e-Azam Trophy debut for Multan in the 1997/98 season as a 19 year old against Lahore and scored just 10 runs on his debut which was affected by rain. He joined his first department, KRL, in the 1999/00 season and has been loyal since.
Saeed Anwar Jr has become the 3rd batsman to complete 8000 runs in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
'Alhamdulillah for everything!', said Saeed Anwar after his herculean effort. 'My journey is a long journey which started from Burewala and still going on. I'll continue to play for KRL as well as League Cricket in UK. I am hopeful that I'll win a title with my team KRL.'
Despite scoring consistently in the domestic circuit, Saeed Anwar has never been considered for top level cricket and made it to the A team for only one Limited Overs match in April 1999 against England XI. The likes of Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Taufeeq Umar, Imran Farhat & Yasir Hameed were always preferred and made it to the team more often.
In his 19th season, Saeed Anwar Jr. reached the final of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy four times previously, once winning the Silver Leafue with Multan in 2006/07 and losing all three with Khan Research Laboratories in 2002/03, 2008/09 & 2010/11.
Saeed Anwar Jr. also holds the record for Most runs in first-class matches in Pakistan. He has scored 10939 runs in 190 matches at an average of 35.62. Only Asian that has more runs than him in his home country is the Mumbaikar & Indian international Wasem Jaffer who has notched up 11823 runs in 151 matches in India.
Saeed Anwar is currently in action against Karachi Whites at Karachi in the third round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, still batting strong, leading his side in hope of a maiden Quaid-e-Azam Trophy title for KRL.