Saqlain Haider, not to confuse the name with the Pakistan cricket squad, is a member of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) squad who was flown in by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) management to keep wickets for them in the second innings of a warm-up game against Pakistan A. The decision was taken into consideration after it was decided in the meeting keeping in mind, the fact that Brad Haddin, Team Australia’s regular wicketkeeper on duty, should be given some time to recover ahead of the first Test against Pakistan, that has been scheduled to be starting on October 22nd at Dubai, UAE.
Haider, a bank employee by profession, and who made his national debut only last year, performed exceptionally well in his role, taking a brilliant catch to dismiss Shan Masood off the brilliant delivery of Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon’s.
The coach had informed him that Brad Haddin was having a rest, as prescribed, and that he need to go and keep for the baggy greens. He was, indeed, really shocked and was very happy though, said Haider to the reporters after the end of the day’s play.
And talking about keeping to the Australian lethal pacer Mitchell Johnson, one of world’s leading fast bowlers, the 27-year-old mentioned that the incidence did injure him badly, and that he even showed the red marks on his fingers and palms, while addressing the media and the reporters. Mitchell is a very speedy fast bowler. It was the first time that he has experienced that in his life, 150kmph plus, he guessed. He also learned a lot of things from keeping him. He is indeed a very good fast bowler, uttered Haider.
It was his first time experiencing so much of pace, like Starc and Johnson, they are very speedy bowlers. It has been a very big experience in his life, said Haider. He even said that this feeling makes him feel very proud and that he learnt a lot from that. The young and naive keeper then kept on sharing his experiences on keeping to some of the best fast bowlers in the World.