Nizakat Khan, the skipper of Hong Kong Cricket Team, has revealed that his first choice was Pakistan to play cricket for. Ahead of team’s opener against India, Nizakat narrated it was his dream to represent Pakistan, that his birth country.
The Attock-born all-rounder scored 180 runs in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup Qualifiers, including two half-centuries. He also impressed with the ball, capturing ten wickets. Nizakat’s appealing stint got him a place in Hong Kong Cricket Team.
So far, he has featured in 20 ODIs and 51 T20Is, amassing 675 and 978 runs respectively alongside four wickets apiece in each. Opening up on team’s upcoming clash against Pakistan in Group Stage of Asia Cup 2022, Nizakat said,
“We are all very excited for the match against Pakistan. I will be playing against Pakistan for the second time in the Asia Cup.”
While praising Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam, Hong Kong captain added,
“Babar Azam is performing consistently and takes responsibility in captaincy, he is going to become a big star of cricket at this time.”
He also mentioned that he has been a fan of Shaheen Shah Afridi’s bowling, who was ruled out of Asia Cup 2022 squad due to his injury.
“I try to follow the footsteps of Babar Azam in batting and captaincy. I like Shaheen Afridi in bowling, and the way he bowls is brilliant,”
Notably, Hong Kong were one of the Qualifiers with UAE, Singapore, and Kuwait. They thrashed away the UAE in the Asia Cup 2022 qualifiers to book their place in the Group Stage with India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh. and Sri Lanka. They will face the men in green in their next encounter on Friday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
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