As the ODI World Cup comes closer, the number one ODI team in the ICC charts, Pakistan, is struggling with a major injury blow in their bowling unit.
The talented young swinger Naseem Shah won’t be participating in the World Cup because of his shoulder injury which occurred during the Asia Cup 2023. Naseem will be replaced by another young pacer, known for his pace in Pakistan Super League, Zaman Khan.
Zaman Khan has been one of the most impressive bowlers in the Pakistan Super League in recent years. He has consistently performed at a high level and has been a key player for his team, the Lahore Qalandars. Here is a list of interesting facts about Pakistan’s youngest talent who will be part of the ODI World Cup.
Zaman Khan touches a speed of 90mph
Khan is known for his accuracy and consistency. He is also a good reverse swing bowler. This makes him a very effective bowler in the death overs, where he has taken many wickets. However, he is more known for his speed in the PSL.
Zaman is known to touch the speed of 90mph in PSL and the Hundred for the teams he has been part of. He is a consistent wicket-taker and is particularly effective in the death overs but his pace is expected to be a major trouble for the opposition during the ODI World Cup.
Zaman Khan has played less than 10 A-list matches
Zaman Khan carries very little experience when it comes to the A-list matches. Despite his immense potential and talent, he has played fewer than ten games at the highest level of cricket. Khan's lack of experience is a concern, but his talent and potential are undeniable. He is a quick and accurate bowler with good swing and reverse swing and can be an effective fielder.
In his seven List-A matches, Khan has taken six wickets at an economy rate of 6.07. It will be interesting to see how his little experience on domestic grounds will affect his overall performance in a tournament like the ODI World Cup.
Zaman Khan has not played a List-A Match since March 2022
Zaman Khan has not played a List-A match since March 2022, which is a concern for a player who has been called up to the Pakistan national team for the Asia Cup. There are a few possible reasons for Khan's lack of List-A cricket in recent months. One possibility is that he has been injured.
Another possibility is that he has been focused on T20 cricket, which is the most popular format of the game in Pakistan. Whatever the reason, Khan's lack of List-A cricket is a concern. List-A cricket is the closest format to international cricket, and players need to have experience in this format before they play at the international level.
Zaman Khan played 5 T20 matches in Sri Lanka last year
Zaman Khan played 5 T20 matches in Sri Lanka last year in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) for the Jaffna Kings. He took 4 wickets at an economy rate of 8.14. A T20 format is a different format altogether compared to the ODIs. Zaman Khan will have to adapt quickly to the tournament and make himself valuable to the team.
Zaman Khan aimed to break Umran Malik's record for the fastest ball
Khan's ambition to break Malik's record is a sign of his confidence and his desire to be one of the best bowlers in the world. If he can achieve his goal, it would be a major achievement for him and Pakistan cricket.
There is always a rivalry between the players of India and Pakistan. In India, Umran Malik is the latest pace sensation who is making headlines with his speed. Zaman is committed to breaking Umran's 157kmph mark in T20 cricket.