"I hope to achieve my goal of playing for Pakistan, my country"
Young exciting prospect Yasir Jan from Charsadda could prove to be a unique asset for Pakistan cricket in the future.
Yasir is pushing the boundaries with his fast pace ambidextrous bowling.
Ambidextrous bowling, although not unheard of, is being able to bowl with either hand comfortably. Jan is currently bowling 145 kph with his right hand and 135 kph with the left.
Pakistan legends Hanif Mohammed, Sarfraz Nawaz and Imran Khan were first to introduce innovation via the ‘reverse sweep’ and ‘reverse swing’ and Jan is hoping to do the same with his bowling.
With no current restrictions, ambidextrous bowlers have been able to switch arms during an over, bringing a more fresh perspective to the game. Under the rules of the game, the bowler has to notify the umpire when changing hands.
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Aged 21, Yasir has already signed a 10-year contract with Lahore Qalandars as part of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Signing up with the PSL is an outstanding achievement considering Jan comes from an underprivileged background. Speaking to the media about his goals and aspirations a confident Jan said:
“Now I’ve got a good platform so with hard work I hope to achieve my goal of playing for Pakistan, my country. To go to the biggest grounds around the world and the best players. This is my goal and my dream.”
He further added:
“I’ve been bowling with both arms since I was a kid. Waqar bhai and Wasim bhai were bowling in 2003 when I saw my first World Cup.”
“I really liked watching them. I’d copy them. And I kept working and working at it and I got good. And it’s helped me get picked.”
First spotted at the Lahore Qalandars Jazz Rising Star T20 tournament, Jan was 1 in 113,000 individuals striving to change their lives. It was his bowling that stole the show during the tournament.
With already over 112,000 views on YouTube and fan pages being created, Yasir is causing a stir amongst the cricket fraternity.
Yasir Jan has a promising career ahead, hoping to be Pakistan cricket’s next hot property.
Other ambidextrous cricketers that have represented their country include Akshay Karnewar of India and Kamindu Mendis from Sri Lanka.