Abrar Ahmed – Karachi Kings’ spin wizard
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Abrar Ahmed appeared during Karachi Kings’ talent hunt drive ‘Khiladi Ki Khoj’ at the National Stadium Karachi ahead of Pakistan Super League 2017. Bowling his deceiving leg-spinners to other budding cricketers at the open trials, he impressed the coaches and was picked by Karachi Kings for the second season of the PSL. Ahmed was living his dream, a dream that seemed a distant one just a few days ago. He was ecstatic and his family was proud of him. “All players want to play a big event, PSL was huge. It was a special feeling, everyone was happy around me,” he said.
Like any other kid of Karachi, Ahmed grew up playing tape-ball cricket in the streets. At an age of 15, he joined Rashid Latif Cricket Academy. “People told me, ‘you are skillful, your googly is hard to read, your leg-spinners are hard to pick, you should focus on cricket more’,” he said. The glasses-wearing young bowler used his incredible art and conquered each level from club to district and emerged as the best bowler in Karachi in 2016-17 in One Dayers as well as in three-day games.
Karachi Kings had a star-studded squad during the second edition of the league. The then 18-year-old was awestruck when he saw his heroes for the first time. There was Sri Lankan batting maestro, who was captaining the side, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, West Indian superstar Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik and other stars sharing the dressing room with him. “I was a bit nervous when I first went to bowl to [Kumar] Sangakkara and [Chris] Gayle in the nets, but before my first game for Karachi Kings, I was relaxed due to my perform ...