KARACHI: Paratha-maker and aspiring cricketer Hanan Khan has been included in the NCA XI, which will play two T20 matches against Malaysian cricket team on January 14 and 15 at the Gadhafi Stadium in Lahore.
The 19-year-old Hanan, whose long-term goal is to don Pakistan colours at the international level, supports his career by making parathas at a roadside diner in Karachi.
“When I was first informed by NCA about my selection, I couldn’t believe it,” Hanan told The Express Tribune. “I suspected it was a prank call so I called them back to make sure that someone’s not messing with me. I am incredibly happy to get this chance.”
He also expressed his gratitude towards the selectors for showing faith in him. “I belong to a region where cricket is not played that much but still the selectors come, watch emerging players and give them chances.”
He also commended the board for its efforts to unearth new talent. “I am really thankful to all the people who have supported me, especially the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that has played an important part in promoting emerging players from my native Balochistan,” said Hanan.
After being picked by the Quetta Gladiators during their regional talent hunt last year, this is a second career boost Hanan has received, and Hanan is content with the way his career is progressing.
“It’s another step and this is how I will reach the national team and represent Pakistan one day,” he said, adding that his goal now is to impress against Malaysia justify the selectors’ choice.