Another young talent who has been in obscurity since last two years has make his way into competitive cricket yesterday while playing for National bank of Pakistan in Pakistan’s premier domestic tournament Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2017 and immediately making a mark with capturing snaffling three of the 6 wickets falls in a day with hi slow left arm spinners.
Raza Hasan was banned in March 2015 at age of 22 when his urine samples taken during Pakistan domestic tournament Pentangular Cup 2015; which contains prohibited substances. Raza was immediately barred from taking part in any sort of cricket both at international and domestic level.
Coming through the ranks while playing for PakistanU-19, Pakistan under 23 and Pakistan A team, Raza graduated to the Pakistan senior side because of bowling talent which was hailed by many since start of his cricket career. Raza represented Pakistan in 1 one day international and 10 T20I’s.
With an economy rate of fewer than 6 runs Raza has acclaimed 10 wickets T20I’s and a single wicket in his ODI debut against Australia. Raza’s temperament was greatly admired when he was entrusted Captain Mohammad Hafeez to open the bowling against the Mighty Australians in World T20 game in Colombo & he didn’t disappoint his skipper by registering bowling figures of 2 wickets for 14 runs in allotted quota of 4 overs and also bagged the man of the match award for his skillful bowling display.
Pakistan has lost many young and experienced cricketers due to lack of proper counseling. We have examples of Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Salman Butt, Abdul Rehman, Umaid Asif and Raza Hasan are the few who got banned either by doping or fixing scandals in Pakistan cricket.
Raza now aged 25 making return to cricket still has time on his side to make up for the crucial 2 years that he had lost in wilderness due to either lack of knowledge or his illful activities. He needs to come back stronger as he will now facing a stiffer competition to win his place back in the national side.