Author: Abhishek Rajan
After yielding fruitful results with Haris Rauf, Melbourne Stars have now secured the services of another unknown Pakistani talent Dilbar Hussain.
Based on his performances in the BBL, Rauf has been picked in the Pakistani national squad for the ongoing 3-match T20I series against Bangladesh and he has left the Stars for national duty.
Although Rauf might still feature in the BBL final, the Stars have turned to Dilbar till the time Rauf is not available.
Dilbar’s story is very interesting. He is a product of the development program of the PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars.
The 26-year old was not involved in professional cricket till 2018. He used to work as a farmer in his native village and only used to play tape-ball cricket.
The Pakistani bowler got the opportunity to play with a proper cricket ball in one of the club games held in Pakistan and incidentally, the former Pakistani fast bowler and the current Qalandars head coach Aaqib Javed was present in the stadium to watch that game.
Javed liked what he saw off Dilbar and decided to draft him into the Qalandars development squad.
“It was the first time Dilbar played hard-ball cricket, the first time he was in a proper cricket stadium, and he displayed great passion for the game.” Javed said while talking about Dilbar.
Dilbar has been honing his skills with the Qalandars coaching staff for the last 18 months and has now eventually got his breakthrough in overseas league cricket with the Stars.
His first outing with the Stars was, however, not memorable in terms of his performance on the ground as he went for 56 runs in his quota of four overs, playing against Brisbane Heat.
Dilbar is going to feature for Lahore Qalandars as well, in the upcoming fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), as he has been elevated from the development squad to the first team.
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