The Pakistan Super League (PSL) has unearthed a number of young local talents, Fakhar Zaman and Shadab Khan being the most prominent ones.
These prominent players are now an integral part of Pakistan’s national team and PSL played a huge role in their career progression. Similarly, other examples include hard-hitting Asif Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Faheem Ashraf, who were also part of the domestic cricketing circuit but PSL provided them the limelight they deserved.
There seems to be a long list of players which have benefited from performing at the big stage of PSL.
This year, PSL management has emphasized on promoting more local talent and as a result, a Replacement Draft was held where each franchise was offered to pick one homegrown talent.
Mohammad Hasnain — Quetta Gladiator’s Future?
Similar to the goals of the PSL management, the owner of Quetta Gladiators — Nadeem Omar — is also keen on putting local talent first. In previous years, Quetta has promoted Hassan Khan through the ranks, who was also the captain of Pakistan’s U-19 team. He featured regularly with the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Sarfraz Ahmed.
This year, Quetta Gladiators have signed Mohammad Hasnain, who looks to be the real deal. He was part of Islamabad United in the previous campaign, however, he was ruled out for the majority of the tournament due to a shoulder injury.
Only 18-years of age, Hasnain is capable of bowling at 140kph already. He was earmarked as a potential superstar by none other than Waqar Younis.
Here is a glimpse as to what Quetta Gladiator fans and PSL fans can expect from this young speedster:
Hasnain took 31 wickets in just 6 matches in the Regional Inter-District Under-19 tournament in 2017/18, to go along with 14 wickets in 4 matches in the Inter-Region Under-19 Three Day Tournament 2017/18.