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Usman receives call-up as cover for off-colour Shadab

Usman receives call-up as cover for off-colour Shadab

The late Abdul Qadir’s son Usman Qadir has earned a maiden call-up for Pakistan’s national side for the three T20Is in Australia next month. The 26-year-old leg-spinner is often considered a white-ball specialist and made the headlines some time back for his willingness to represent Australia in international cricket.

His surprise inclusion in the T20 squad has been justified by chief selector and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq as means to find a replacement for Shadab Khan, who has been struggling for form lately. Misbah also cited Usman’s experience of playing the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia, which bolsters his credentials.

“Usman Qadir is playing and in T20, there is a spark in his bowling. He has some experience of playing in Australia in the BBL. All the white ball cricket he’s played, he has some zip in his bowling. He serves as a backup for Shadab in the side,” Misbah told reporters in Lahore.