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Mir Hamza – Pakistan's long-term pace prospect

Mir Hamza – Pakistan's long-term pace prospect

Mohammad Amir’s shock retirement from Test cricket has sent shockwaves in the cricket world. His sudden decision has left a gaping hole in Pakistan’s bowling attack in the conventional five-day format. With Wahab Riaz also nearing the twilight of his career, it has become increasingly pertinent for Pakistan to quickly groom a young fast bowler for the future.

One of the promising stars on Pakistan’s domestic circuit is left-arm seam bowler Mir Hamza. Having made a sole Test appearance thus far, Hamza briefly impressed with his great control over swing and bounce. Just 26 years of age, Hamza has been constantly knocking on the doors of the selectors for a consistent run in the national side.

He boasts astonishing numbers in first-class cricket where he averages a stunning 18.97 across 66 games having taken 306 wickets already. His burgeoning record is among the best in Pakistan cricket currently.

He also has experience of playing County cricket in England, where he has been a mainstay of the Sussex bowling lineup. In the ongoing domestic season in England, Hamza has taken 21 wickets in 6 matches at a decent average of 27.47.