Of all the selections for Pakistan’s T20I squad for the Australia tour, none was more surprising than Usman Qadir’s entry into the side. The young leg-spinner, who had last year declared his ambitions of playing for Australia on the international stage, was drafted into the side alongside Shadab Khan as the two wrist-spin options.
Son of the legendary Abdul Qadir, who suddenly passed away last month, Usman stated he had a lot of burden of expectations on his shoulders but hoped to keep his father’s legacy alive. Usman believed his late father was the inventor of the googly delivery and he was now its ‘custodian’.
“I am really happy at my inclusion in the national team. I have good experience of Australian pitches and conditions. I would try my best to live-up to the expectations of the head coach and selectors," Usman said.
“My father re-invented the googly and I feel that I am its custodian, I learned a lot from him and now is the time to deliver, when I left for Australia my father asked me to give it my all to don Pakistan colors and I am proud that I have made it to the national squad," he added.