Meet Hanan Khan: From The Paratha-Maker To Street-Smart Cricketer In Pakistan
It takes a lot to earn a livelihood and at the same time to live your passion. But in a country like Pakistan where people witness craze for cricket on streets and congealed maidans since their formative years, the 19-year-old Hanan Khan, who was born in Chaman, Balochistan is one a unique among them. Hanan is looking forward to play for Pakistan someday.
As it has been stated, ‘cricket is the game of glorious uncertainties’, Karachi-born Hanan Khan, the aspiring cricketer has become a talk of the town while setting the goal to secure his future when he left his home some five years before.
The left-handed batsman Hanan, who is happy over his progress in cricket, has been inducted in the National Cricket Academy XI, which is scheduled to play two Twenty20 games on January 14 and 15 against Malaysia in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.
“When I was first informed by NCA about my selection, I couldn’t believe it. I suspected it was a prank call so I called them back to make sure that someone’s not messing with me. I am incredibly happy to get this chance,” Hanan was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.
After the demise of the father, Hanan helped his family by selling the parathas at one of the busiest streets in Karachi.
Promising young prospect Hanan has smashed several centuries in the local cricket leagues before being highlighted by the media.
During the 12-hour shift, immensely talented Hanan plays cricket every day at 1 PM. He changes his clothes before heading to the cricket ground.
Former Pakistan veteran leg-spinner Mushtaq Ahmad and Ali Zia had noticed his performance in the Grade two match while playing for Quetta.
“Last year (2016) I played Grade Two cricket for Quetta where I scored 280 runs in three matches and my average was almost 65,” Hanan said in a video interview with Dawn.
The stylish left-handed batsman plays the ball on its merit while practising with his colleagues.
He has emerged from the region where cricket is hardly played, but his effort with the bat has been commendable after serving the parathas to the public at the hotel.
“It’s another step and this is how I will reach the national team and represent Pakistan one day,” Hanan added.
Last year, Hanan was also the part of Quetta Gladiators during their regional talent hunt drive. He has also praised the board officials for giving the youngsters a platform to prove.
Hanan also urged the selectors to pick him for his performances only.
“I am really thankful to all the people who have supported me, especially the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that has played an important part in promoting emerging players from my native Balochistan,” Hanan concluded.
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