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Pakistan leg-spinner Usman Qadir, the son of legendary spinner Abdul Qadir, aims to honour his father after being picked for the upcoming Twenty20 series against Australia.
Usman revealed that his father, who passed away in September, wanted him to play for Pakistan.
Prior to this, many thought Usman had aspirations to represent Australia, especially as he played in the Prime Minister’s XI last year and has also plied his trade in the Big Bash League (BBL).
However, the 26-year-old is thrilled to have been picked to play for Pakistan.
“I am really happy [with] my inclusion in the national team. I have good experience of Australian pitches and conditions, I would try my best to live-up to the expectations of the head coach and selectors,” Qadir was quoted as saying by PakPassion.
“My father re-invented the googly and I feel that I am its custodian, I learned a lot from him and now is the time to deliver. When I left for Australia, my father asked me to give it my all to don Pakistan colours and I am proud that I have made it to the national squad.
“The leg-spinner, googly and flipper are my main weapons, I am confident that I can trouble the batsmen on Australian pitches with these three deliveries.”
Pakistan’s three-match Twenty20 series against Australia will take place from November 3 to 8.