Pakistan is a hub of cricket- the undying passion for the game here is unparalleled. The different regions of Pakistan have provided the country with some great players. However, this is a story of someone who came from a very obscure place in Pakistan. It is about a man named Hassan Azad, who made his way from Mastung (a district near Quetta) to the Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
Hassan was six years old when his family moved to Karachi. He played Under-15 cricket in the biggest city of Pakistan along with the likes of Babar Azam and Usman Qadir. But the political turbulence and lack of cricket opportunities in Pakistan left Azad half-hearted. Hassan then moved to London along with his family but no job opportunities became a hindrance. His mother later found a job in Mansfield and that allowed their family to settle there.
Hassan’s passion for the game was still there. He emailed Nottinghamshire about his cricket career and his passion to pursue the game. Hassan started off his cricket stint in England with a score of 60 runs in a club game umpired by the Notts’ under-17 manager. Azad did play for Notts but he did not enjoy his cricket there. He felt that he was not given the role he deserved therefore he decided to quit.
Hassan Azad is celebrating his century
In those days, Hassan started studying Chemical Engineering and did some part time jobs. He was under the influence of MCC University Program. Under MCCU, Hassan played many matches with the different universities of London. His exceptional knocks came under scrutiny and that is where Leicestershire identified him.
Hassan began his stint with Leicestershire 2nd XI. But with some significant performances the bloke managed to become an integral part of their side and now as the years passed by, he stormed to the top of the Division Two run-scoring charts this year while on a summer contract at the country's bottom club.