"Aaqib Javed's advice & tips have made a real difference to my bowling” : Hammad Azam

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Pakistan Cricket has had a proud history of producing fast-bowling all-rounders. It is therefore a matter of grave concern to the management and fans alike, that the current all-rounder slot in the team has no established owner. Ever since the decline in form and eventual omission of Abdul Razzaq, the team has struggled to find a suitable international replacement for this all important role in modern day cricket. Whilst the all-rounder may not be the crucial cog in the wheel for the Test format, the shorter formats of the game demand as many world class all-rounders as a team can possibly afford to employ and this is something which Pakistan has dearly missed in its recent appearances in ICC tournaments.

Amongst the names mentioned quite often as inheritors of the crown previously worn by the likes of former great Imran Khan as well as Abdul Razzaq and to an extent even Wasim Akram, recent records suggest that Bilawal Bhatti and Anwar Ali are as close as Pakistan will get to filling the slot. However, another name which seems to hover on the fringes is that of the 23 year old Hammad Azam.


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Hailing from Attock in Punjab province Azam, widely regarded as one of the most promising talents that Pakistan has in its armoury, has already played 8 ODIs and 5 T20Is for his country. He made his ODI debut for Pakistan against West Indies in 2011 and last played for Pakistan against Bangladesh in the 2011/2012 Asia Cup. In T20Is, he debuted against England in Dubai in 2012 and last played in this format against the West Indies in Kingstown (2013). Away from International commitments, Azam has also lead Pakistan U23 to the finals of the Emerging Teams Cup in 2013 where his team lost to India.

Whilst his record in both formats of the game in the international arena has shown steady progress, the lack of eye-catching performances may well have contributed to his exclusion from international squads in the recent past. This is a fact that Azam recognizes and in exclusive remarks to PakPassion.net the all-rounder, who is currently in the UAE where he is participating in the SuperStarsT20 tournament, expressed his determination to make a comeback to the national side stating that “At the moment my sole focus is to concentrate on my cricket and to perform to the best of my abilities. I am trying very hard to make my way back into the Pakistan international side.”

The SuperStarsT20 tournament is considered as one of the region’s top tier tournaments with 16 clubs from the UAE taking part. The tournament commenced on 19th April and is being played in a round robin format with four groups comprising of four teams each. After the round robin matches the knock out stage will be hosted with the qualified teams from the round robin format competing in Quarter finals and Semi finals. The tournament comes to an end with the Final game being played on 16th of May.

Azam, alongside fellow Pakistani Fawad Alam, is making an appearance in this tournament for the Yas Sports Rawalpindi Royals Club where he made an immediate impression in his first game with his side’s super-over victory over the Colombo Lions. Azam stamped his seal of authority on the game with 31 off 31 balls and then followed it up with 2 wickets in 4 overs. With the 20 over game ending in a tie, it was left to Azam to see his team to victory as he was chosen to bat and bowl in the decisive super-over. Clearly overjoyed with his experience so far, Azam agreed that performances like the one in his first game here was what he needs to make his presence known to the selectors in Pakistan and also mentioned the help of former Pakistan fast bowler and current UAE coach, Aaqib Javed, in his attaining this goal “I am obviously pleased with my performance last night and am focusing on my batting. I feel that I am in good form at the moment and I am working hard on my bowling as well and trying to take wickets rather than just containing batsmen. I am also thankful to Aaqib Javed for his help. I have had a few very good sessions with him and Aaqib’s advice and tips have made a real difference to my bowling”

The SuperstarsT20 tournament which is now in its second season, clearly does not have the glamour associated with the other big show that recently ended in Dubai. However, the disappointment felt by many fans at the absence of Pakistani cricketers from the IPL may well be alleviated with the knowledge that a vast array of their stars are also in UAE playing in the region’s most prestigious tournament.

If the names of Pakistani players taking part in this tournament are any indication, the SupersStarsT20 is held in high esteem by many Pakistani stars and Azam is in no doubt about the quality of cricket that he is playing and the spectators can expect to see until the last ball is bowled on 16th May.

“I also played in the first season of SuperStarsT20 and really have no hesitation in terming this as the best domestic tournament in UAE. Whilst the pitches in UAE are good for batting and spin bowling but not conducive to fast bowlers, the fact is that the level of competition is extremely high and all the players participating are of high calibre. My single minded focus is on improving my all-round abilities and to make a comeback into the Pakistan national side as early as possible. I will be more than happy if participation in SuperStarsT20 proves to be my road to success.”
 
When I saw him in the u19 WC, I thought that he would become the genuine All Rounder that we had been waiting for but when I see him now, he reminds me of Mark Ealham- Somehow the lad has totally lost his way.
 
Hammad is still the best option that we have as all rounder for the Austrailan pitches.

His bowling is under rated here.

His hard hitting capabilities have also been under rated. We need such hard hitter for the last few overs.

All in all, we are wasting this talent.
 
So that's why Hammad's bowling deteriorated. :aaqib

Aqib needs to find a new career, away from cricket.
 
I cannot fathom how this guy is not even among the top 36 players of the country. He just had an excellent domestic season yet we've selected expired players like Farhat, Hameed, Younus, Faisal and Sami :facepalm:
 
So that's why Hammad's bowling deteriorated. :aaqib

Aqib needs to find a new career, away from cricket.

He's only worked with him the last few days. Have you seen his bowling in the last few days?
 
Ridiculous to not see him in the group of players that will be at the training camp. He has some serious potential but needs to be given chances.
 
The lad has all the makings of a top player Just needs to be given a proper and consistent chance Despite showing promise in the v limited chances hes had he for some reason continues to be overlooked
 
needs to be given a chance, ppl r forgetting we need a finisher and he has been the only one along with haris sohail who has shows signs of being a finisher
 
Had a very good domestic season with bat and ball. Its awful that he isnt even in the 36 players list
 
Poor kid, the likes of Farhat, Taufeeq, Hameed, Sami etc can make it to a camp but not him, its just crazy!.

Not saying he is going to be a world beater but he deserves a long-run in the squad.
 
he is not even a domestic performer yet let alone international level.

should focus purely on his batting, can become a proper matchwinner with the bat coming in at 6, with the occasional 5-6 overs of steady medium pace if required.
 
he is not even a domestic performer yet let alone international level.

should focus purely on his batting, can become a proper matchwinner with the bat coming in at 6, with the occasional 5-6 overs of steady medium pace if required.

True but his last First Class and List A season was very good with bat and ball. He should have been called up to the camp at the very least
 
Well his bowling has improved last few seasons. The next domestic season will show whether aqib had any effect on him or not.
 
120kph Trundler, and a half decent batsman, Another bits and Pieces So called All-rounder
 
Poor kid, the likes of Farhat, Taufeeq, Hameed, Sami etc can make it to a camp but not him, its just crazy!.

Not saying he is going to be a world beater but he deserves a long-run in the squad.

Even likes of Farhat, Hameed and Sami are much better Cricketers compared to Hammad, their is no point of investing in mediocrity, Atleast likes Sami, Farhat and Hameed are domestic bashers, Hammad is even below average at domestic level
 
Even likes of Farhat, Hameed and Sami are much better Cricketers compared to Hammad, their is no point of investing in mediocrity, Atleast likes Sami, Farhat and Hameed are domestic bashers, Hammad is even below average at domestic level

LOL

What?

The guy has a FC bowling average of 19.05 and a batting average of 26.85, which is reasonable considering Anwar has a batting average of 27 and Bhatti with 23 average.

Also, Anwar's FC bowling average is around 28 and Bhatti's at 22, so he looks like a much better allrounder than those two.
 
Btw, Hammad Azam has a SR of 61.10 in FC cricket and 90.12 in OD's, so he can score quickly down the order.
 
LOL

What?

The guy has a FC bowling average of 19.05 and a batting average of 26.85, which is reasonable considering Anwar has a batting average of 27 and Bhatti with 23 average.

Also, Anwar's FC bowling average is around 28 and Bhatti's at 22, so he looks like a much better allrounder than those two.

Bhatti and Anwar are mediocre All-rounders themselves, but still they are better than Hammad...

Why look at just the stats? What about No of wickets taken ?? Hammad is not a proper bowler, Proper bowlers dont have just 78 wickets in 46 games, this is less than 2 wickets per match :facepalm:

He just bowls when their is help for the seamers, otherwise he doesnt bowl, Bhatti and Anwar are atleast proper bowlers (Atleast in domestic cricket) ...

26.85 batting Average on Pakistani pitches against Pakistani domestic bowlers shows he has limited ability as a batsman
 
Bhatti and Anwar are mediocre All-rounders themselves, but still they are better than Hammad...

Why look at just the stats? What about No of wickets taken ?? Hammad is not a proper bowler, Proper bowlers dont have just 78 wickets in 46 games, this is less than 2 wickets per match :facepalm:

He just bowls when their is help for the seamers, otherwise he doesnt bowl, Bhatti and Anwar are atleast proper bowlers (Atleast in domestic cricket) ...

26.85 batting Average on Pakistani pitches against Pakistani domestic bowlers shows he has limited ability as a batsman

Are you serious, Anwar Ali a proper bowler?

Have you seen him bowl? He is more of a batting A/R but not as good with the bat and have you seen his bowling average?

If you don't want to look at stats, then what do you want to look at?

Also, what's wrong with taking 2 wickets per match?

2 wickets per match and 30 odd runs is very good for an A/R.

Also, Bhatti is a bowler who can bat a bit.
 
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Hammad cannot be given a place in Pak team based upon his performance in under 19 WC 5 years ago. I also liked him then and wished he would make some progress, but he had not. He has not done anything of substance even with too many chances. He is a very mediocre batsman and a club level bowler. Grossly overrated.
 
Bhatti and Anwar are mediocre All-rounders themselves, but still they are better than Hammad...

That's the bottom line.

You can call Hammad an allrounder as he equally useless , both in batting and bowling.
 
Hammad cannot be given a place in Pak team based upon his performance in under 19 WC 5 years ago. I also liked him then and wished he would make some progress, but he had not. He has not done anything of substance even with too many chances. He is a very mediocre batsman and a club level bowler. Grossly overrated.

overated yes

but last domestic season

he was averaging under 23 with the ball in list A and first class


In batting he had an average of 39 in first class and 37 in List A
 
He didn't take his bowling seriously. Bowling at 120-125 km/hr with the Keeper up and at the age of 20 plus is just disgraceful.

His batting is over rated, he is no razzaq or Mahmood.

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He didn't take his bowling seriously. Bowling at 120-125 km/hr with the Keeper up and at the age of 20 plus is just disgraceful.

His batting is over rated, he is no razzaq or Mahmood.

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What's wrong with that? As long as he's accurate and gets some nibble, he could be a handful. Just look at Ravi Bopara.
 
One good season isn't enough to be back in team. He deserved to be in the 36 probables.

Hammad's last season domestic bowling figures are good due to under prepared and wet pitches. He becomes Mcgrath when conditions suits him but he is another trundler when bowls on flat decks. International cricket is mostly played on flat decks. 2ndly, His FC bowling average is good. But List A average is very very poor. So where do you want to select him? In tests or ODIs? He doesn't deserve a spot in tests. List A bowling average is very poor.

I will wait to see the his bowling with my own eyes to say that he is really a improved bowler. Stats doesn't tell you the complete story.
 
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^ I'm asking for him to be at the camp, surely that's justified especially given our lack of options
 
Overhyped on PP for some unknown reason. This guy has a pathetic record in every format.
 
Are you serious, Anwar Ali a proper bowler?

Have you seen him bowl? He is more of a batting A/R but not as good with the bat and have you seen his bowling average?

If you don't want to look at stats, then what do you want to look at?

Also, what's wrong with taking 2 wickets per match?

2 wickets per match and 30 odd runs is very good for an A/R.

Also, Bhatti is a bowler who can bat a bit.


I was talking about domestc level, Bhatti and Ali are proper bowlers at domestic level and Hammad is a Part timer, he isnt a proper bowler...

At international level all of them are Bakwaas

Look at stats and No of wickets/Runs combined, For ex: 5 wickets in 20 matches at 20/wicket doesnt show bowling ability but 70 wickets in 20 matches at 25/wicket does show good bowling ability...

Another Example, there was a time When Rao iftikhar had a batting average of 50+ in ODIs it didnt mean he was a proper bowler

Less than 2 wickets per match in FC cricket isnt good enough even for a half decent bowler, that means less than wicket per innings :facepalm: and Average of 27 with Bat in domestic, Even Tanvir has better and has more Hundreds :facepalm:
 
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He's obviously more of a batting all rounder, but when it comes to international cricket - has he had a fair chance, the answer in my opinion is No.

Would I have had him at the camp ahead of some of the ridiculous names included - Yes definitely.
 
^ I'm asking for him to be at the camp, surely that's justified especially given our lack of options

Bro, I already said that he deserved to be in the camp :).



I'm not sold on him. He needs to be consistent in his performances. For me, he is quite average up till now.
 
Bro, I already said that he deserved to be in the camp :).



I'm not sold on him. He needs to be consistent in his performances. For me, he is quite average up till now.

Based on his stats, he shouldn't be anywhere near the international team.

BUT, based on a few glimpses in a few innings, he has something about him. Not sure how to describe it, but there's a bit of X factor, steely calmness. And I think quite a few people see that tbh.
 
Bro, I already said that he deserved to be in the camp :).



I'm not sold on him. He needs to be consistent in his performances. For me, he is quite average up till now.


fair comments


I agree he is overrated but 2 things mke me support him

1) he reminds me of abdul razzaq, so naturally i have little bias there

2) not like we have any other young batting/pace 'allrounder nears by. Ali Khan is the only one i can think of and his bowling is probably Amin standard if not worse
 
Abdul Razzak when started out was a gun Bowler and had a fair amount of pace, on first change he was always guaranteed to bring a wicket or two. He could have easily played only as a bolwer in first 3 and a half years of his career. Hammad on the other hand lack both the prowess with the bat and penetration with the ball to even be considered as a second class all rounder. The fantasies are running wild here.
 
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Abdul Razzak when started out was a gun Bowler and had a fair amount of pace, on first change he was always guaranteed to bring a wicket or two. He could have easily played only as a bolwer in first 3 and a half years of his career. Hammad on the other hand lack both the prowess with the bat and penetration with the ball to even be considered as a second class all rounder. The fantasies are running wild here.

I said he reminds me of Abdul Razzaq not that he IS abdul razzaq, there is a massive difference
 
He falls under the category of those guys that get a few chances here and there, while not embarrassing themselves, but don't get many other chances after that.

From what I've seen of him in a few international matches, I think he needs a few more chances.
 
His record in first class or list A doesn't make one that hopeful
 
I saw him in the last domestic T20 tournament.

And he was a reliable batsman, and a reliable Hard Hitter at the end. None other all rounder (Bhatti or Ali) came close to him in the department of batting and hard hitting.

Also his bowling was really economical in T20. His line and length was really good.

I firmly believe that we need him in the ODI team.
 
Another pakistani player dropped from the team prematurely and who works on his wicket keeping, spin bowling, scoop shots, getting a move to faisalabad, etc etc etc

For some reason i've never heard of the likes of sohail tanvir working with miandad to improve their batting or hafeez or shoaib improving facets of their game to stay/get back into the team

It's a shame that talent like azam is left on the sidelines while mediocre talent is left to captain the team to group stage ko
 
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A cricketer this young should not be judged with statistics and Pakistani domestic statistics are not reliable either.

In my opinion, he definitely has a much higher ceiling than the utterly mediocre Anwar Ali and Bhatti. He looked good with the bat for Pakistan and his bowling needs improvement but he can be a steady option.

He seems a mature and stable person as well. Pakistan need to put more faith in him and at least give him a decent run.
 
I believe this guy will be like an Afridi V2, which is not necessarily a good thing, or a bad thing.

He can hit BIG!

Will probably average 26-27 with the bat, with a SR of 100; and he will average 33-34 with the bowl.

Now it depends whether we will find that useful.
 
He will deserve a decent run once he actually does something of note in domestic cricket.. His bowling is dismal and batting is below average.
 
I don't think we've seen the last of Hammad in Pakistani colours.

I know for a fact that one former coach didn't like him and that may have played a part in his lack of chances.
 
He was announced the bowler of the tournament for the Superstars t20 in Dubai, he took 11 wickets in 4 games
 
His bowling is so much better now that he is not allowed to bowl in PSL because it's a threat to PSL batting vs bowling balance.
 
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