"I’m determined to play for Pakistan again" : Mansoor Amjad

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Sialkot born Mansoor Amjad's leg-spin was at one stage regarded as the next big thing in Pakistan cricket. He was a key member of the 2004 Under 19 team that won the World Cup in Bangladesh. Former Pakistan coach, the late Bob Woolmer, rated him very highly, and that faith was justified when he took five wickets against an England XI at Lahore in 2005-06.

Amjad came through the ranks in Under 15 and Under 19 cricket and was earmarked as a cricketer who had every chance to play for Pakistan on a regular basis in the shorter formats. He played for Leicestershire in English County cricket in 2007 and made his international debut in a T20 international against Bangladesh at Karachi in 2008 taking three wickets for three runs in a solitary over. Remarkably since his T20I debut, Amjad has only featured for Pakistan on one further occasion, the Asia Cup one day international against Sri Lanka in June 2008 when he took 1 for 44 and was dismissed for five runs.

Nearly five years since his international debut, Amjad is once again knocking on the door of international selection with a number of match winning performances for Sialkot in the ongoing Faysal Bank One Day Cup.

Speaking exclusively with PakPassion.net, 25 year old Amjad spoke candidly about how his career has developed, how a finger injury hampered his progress and his confidence, and his hopes for another chance in international cricket.

“I played for Pakistan at Under 15 and Under 19 levels and the desire like anyone else who has played for their country at junior levels was to play for my country at the highest level for a long time. Being part of the successful 2004 Under 19 squad in Bangladesh was a fantastic time and yes it would be fair to say that a lot of that group of boys had very high hopes for their individual careers, whilst realising that a lot of hard work lay ahead in order for us to be successful.”

“There was never any complacency from me as some have suggested. I knew that there were a number of cricketers with whom I would have to compete for a role in Pakistan’s limited over teams. Some were established and seasoned cricketers and others like myself were waiting for that opportunity, that chance to show what we could do in international cricket. Looking back now my international chance came and went in the blink of an eye, but make no mistake I’m determined to play for Pakistan again as I feel there is some unfinished business as far as international cricket is concerned.”

Amjad’s form this season for the Sialkot Stallions who he is captaining has been exceptional. In six innings in the One Day Cup, he has scored over 300 runs at an average of 81.50 including two centuries and one half century. With the ball he has taken twelve wickets at just over 18 apiece. Whilst being delighted with his current form, Amjad stated that he wasn’t just chasing individual goals but also keen to ensure that Sialkot went on to lift another domestic crown.

“I’m delighted with my form in the ongoing One Day Cup and really pleased for my team mates that we are through to the semi-finals where we will face Lahore Lions later this week. I was asked to captain the team for this tournament and I’ve enjoyed the responsibility this has brought. What is really satisfying is that I have been able to put a run of matches and performances together. Domestic cricket has been frustrating and a stop-start affair for me in the last few years. I’ve played some matches and then had to drop out due to injury concerns, so yes it’s great that I’m playing on a regular basis. When you are playing on a regular basis, the confidence automatically comes back as does the self-belief and I’m delighted to say that my confidence is back.”

The injury that caused Amjad a lot of discomfort and concerns was a finger injury on his bowling hand. The injury lingered and failed to fully respond to treatment and the all-rounder continued to play cricket despite not being fully fit. However treatment in the UK whilst playing league cricket last year has resolved the issue and could prove to be the turning point in his career.

“There were good and bad days with the finger injury. Sometimes I would play and it was fine, no pain at all, yet other days I would be in pain and unable to bowl. It was really frustrating and really hampered me, particularly mentally as I never knew when the injury would flair up. I had to opt out of matches sometimes, even whole tournaments due to the pain. Eventually a friend of mine recommended a specialist in the UK and I went to visit him last year whilst playing league cricket in the North of England. He looked at the injury, assessed it and we started a course of treatment. Thankfully the treatment has worked and I’ve had no problems at all with the injury. I’m pain free as far as the finger injury is concerned, bowling without any pain in my hand and feel much more confident and at ease in the middle. It’s the main reason why I feel the One Day Cup has gone so well and I hope it continues.”

In the short term future Amjad feels that the televised One Day Cup semi-final and possible final as well as the upcoming T20 Super 8s tournament are the ideal platform for Pakistani cricketers to impress the selectors and perhaps gain inclusion for tournaments such as the Champions Trophy in England. Whilst in the long term he hopes that he can become part of the Pakistani One day and T20 teams on a regular basis.

“The semi-final and final of the One Day cup will no doubt be watched closely by the selectors. Also the high profile Super 8s T20 tournament will be played later this month. These matches will present myself and the other boys with a fantastic chance to impress the selectors who perhaps are looking to bring in some fresh faces to the Pakistani limited overs squads. We can only perform and hope that the selectors take note of consistent performances. The desire and hunger is there to play international cricket as I strongly believe that I have the skills and the temperament to play at the highest level if given another opportunity.”

The Sialkot Stallions face Lahore Lions in the Faysal Bank One Day Cup semi-final on Wednesday at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.
 
What was the exact natureof the injury did it need surgery? He was gone a long time must have been serious
 
Form of his life, and that's what we call an all rounder indeed : 5th highest run scorer and 3rd highest wicket taker in the on going Faysal Bank ODI cup.
 
Determined character is Mansoor.

One wonders how he would have done if he had been given the same number of chances in international cricket that others have been given.
 
It would be extremely unjust of selectors if they don't give him a chance in the upcoming series. The guy has performed admirably as an all-rounder. He's I think #4 or #5 on batting charts of domestic OD cup and joint 2nd in the best bowlers rankings. If he doesn't deserve a call up now then I don't know when he'll be able to get a look in.

Wake up Iqbal saheb and take notice!
 
He's as ideal replacement for Malik. Bats in the middle order and bowls pretty good leg-breaks, a more attacking option than Malik as a bowler.




PS: Kudos to PP admin for promoting the guy. He deserves it the way he has been performing this season.
 
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What was the exact natureof the injury did it need surgery? He was gone a long time must have been serious

It was an injury to one of his fingers on his bowling hand.

He had to miss some tournaments due to the problem.

Also the treatment that some of these boys have available in Pakistan isn't great and really the problem has only been sorted out after he visited the UK based specialist.
 
In my personal estimation,this guy should be playing Afridi since about 5 years ago.He would bolster our weak,abject batting line up considerably! He is in rich batting form in FB one day tournament!
 
Thanks for the post.

Since when did the injury start and when did it fully recover?
 
His role should be to bat at late order as finisher and bowl 4 - 5 or 6 overs at most. Do not think he can bowl whole 10 overs.
 
Disappointing performance from him in the semi-final today, hope he comes back from it and continues to perform as he has done throughout the tournament.
 
You should look at his consistent performances in the past 6 games!
 
Its shocking that young players like him who have talent and great performances over the last few years dont get a look in at national level whilst non-performers get repeatedly selected and play game after game for team pakistan
 
You have to realise that some players have very strong "backing" from outside of cricket and that's why they are probably given more chances in international cricket than others are given.

It's a sad but realistic fact that sometimes in Pakistan cricket it's a case of who you know not what you are capable of.
 
Mansoor will be playing league cricket in the UK this summer, most likely in Lancashire.
 
Hate to say it, but I've been championing the potential of his abilities as an all rounder for while.

:smugface:

Glad to see he's been doing well with both bat and ball. When I did first come across him, he didn't look he'd been bowling a whole lot.
 
I remember his performance in the U19 WC and he looked to have all the tools to go all the way but he has become a nothing sort of cricketer,he cant really bat well enough and doesn`t have the power of a 7(like Razzaq) and he isn`t particularly good enough as a bowler. Still young enough to make it but requires lots of hard work.
 
Looking at his stats, he is got the best stats around for a AR in List A.


His recent performance in Faisal bank OD competition has been quite good as well, so is he under Selector consideration in future?

I have never watched him play, how good is he really?
 
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his Domestic stats are as horrible as afridi intl stats :D SO NOO to him well if he is from punjab so surely he will be in team ;)
 
whathappened to him, he impressed in his first game in t-20 and odi
 
whathappened to him, he impressed in his first game in t-20 and odi

He's had a tough time of late. His father passed away earlier this year and he stopped playing cricket for a year or so.

However he's started playing again now and is currently playing league cricket in Northern Ireland.
 
He was U-19 in 2004 ... and in 20013 he is only 25 (now 2015- 27 years).... So he played U19 at the age of 15-16?
 
Bob Woolmer said he is one of the best young cricketers he has ever seen and tipped him to become a top international cricketer.

Dunno where we went wrong
 
His quest to become an all-rounder ruined him. Should have focused on his speciality more, which is leg-break.
 
He was U-19 in 2004 ... and in 20013 he is only 25 (now 2015- 27 years).... So he played U19 at the age of 15-16?

Babar Azam was playing u19 when he was 12. If you are good enough you are old enough.

You can always trust Pakistan to ruin young talent.
 
He was such and exciting prospect from a very young age, I followed his progress from his days of under 19, but, unfortunately, he proved to be a huge disappointment, for whatever the reason was.
 
He was up against Shahid Afridi which was always going to be tough, for one reason or another.
 
This thread is from 2013 now he's finished as a cricketer probably thats why playing useless exhibition matches

Who said he's playing exhibition matches? Have you seen him playing any exhibition matches?
 
These leagues are closest to exhibition matches because it is useless

Have you played Irish league cricket? Have you seen Mansoor Amjad playing in any exhibition matches as you have stated?
 
Have you played Irish league cricket? Have you seen Mansoor Amjad playing in any exhibition matches as you have stated?

No but what these leagues would have effect on his career its not like he would be selected by Pakistani team on the basis of performance in this league.Even Irish players do not play this league
 
No but what these leagues would have effect on his career its not like he would be selected by Pakistani team on the basis of performance in this league.Even Irish players do not play this league

Oh man ! The league is full of Irish players.

Do you even know what league he's playing in, or the standard? You played in that league or watched any of the action?
 
Oh man ! The league is full of Irish players.

Do you even know what league he's playing in, or the standard? You played in that league or watched any of the action?

No but the standard is low
 
No but the standard is low

1. You have no clue about this league.
2. You have no clue about who plays in the league he is playing in.
3. You have no clue as to why he is playing in Ireland.

Now I suggest you talk about something you know even a little bit about :)
 
its surprizing that he has 3 wickets on t-20 debut and thats the only t-20 he has played along with one odi
 
Has been selected by the Northern Knights in their opening Inter provincial game on Monday. Interpro being above club cricket level here.

Dunno anything about him, just figured I'd update in the highly uneventful chance anyone wonders where he's at nowadays.
 
Has been selected by the Northern Knights in their opening Inter provincial game on Monday. Interpro being above club cricket level here.

Dunno anything about him, just figured I'd update in the highly uneventful chance anyone wonders where he's at nowadays.

Bob Woolmer rated him very very highly. Unfortunately he fell aside after Bob's departure.
 
He was like the Usama Mir of the Bob era, a talented limited overs leggie who can hit the ball. The guy actually used to get a lot of break on the surface. Only played a T20 though.
 
This guy evaporated like a puddle. He seriously could've been a vital limited overs player for us.
 
I think, if my memory serves me right, he was also given some love by our world class Action Changer coach...after his last U19 appearnece (s) where he looked like a complete leggie with a good turning leg break, a decent googly, and even a flipper a good action, next thing we know his action was completely changed when he played First Class and eventually for Pak.

I remember reading how Aaqib Javed felt his action needed to be modified and I think that pretty much made him a dud just like Anwar Ali...so anyone feeling bad for him should be thanking Mr. Action Hero I mean Action Changer
 
Action Jackson Aaqib destroyed him. Like he did with Anwar. how he knew he would get injured due to his action is beyond me. Does aaqib have a medical degree or in biomechanics etc?? Typical know it all sub continental attitude.
 
Action Jackson Aaqib destroyed him. Like he did with Anwar. how he knew he would get injured due to his action is beyond me. Does aaqib have a medical degree or in biomechanics etc?? Typical know it all sub continental attitude.
Thank God he isn't becoming our coach otherwise he would have changed Amir's action too
I think, if my memory serves me right, he was also given some love by our world class Action Changer coach...after his last U19 appearnece (s) where he looked like a complete leggie with a good turning leg break, a decent googly, and even a flipper a good action, next thing we know his action was completely changed when he played First Class and eventually for Pak.

I remember reading how Aaqib Javed felt his action needed to be modified and I think that pretty much made him a dud just like Anwar Ali...so anyone feeling bad for him should be thanking Mr. Action Hero I mean Action Changer


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Has been selected by the Northern Knights in their opening Inter provincial game on Monday. Interpro being above club cricket level here.

Dunno anything about him, just figured I'd update in the highly uneventful chance anyone wonders where he's at nowadays.
He played in Ireland last season also. Enjoyed it over there.
 
Not gonna lie never heard of him woolmer rated him highly judging from the comments, so it's a shame things never worked out for him.
 
Played a season off county cricket as well for Leicestershire around woolmers time.
 
We have many like him unfortunately.Ear marked as Future stars at u-19 level,but disappearing later on due to different reasons.
 
Mansoor suffered a bad injury to his finger which hampered his bowling for quite some time. He made some comebacks but the finger continued to trouble him which meant he had to play largely as a batsman for a season or two.
 
Let's Sum it Up.

He may never play for Pakistan again because he is not a natural batsman.

His bowling decline has been summed up by [MENTION=253]the Great Khan[/MENTION] [MENTION=81]Monsee[/MENTION] and @Saj

Action change plus serious finger injury and he hardly bowls now.

He is very lucky to be playing decent level cricket abroad which pays quite reasonable money aswell. May be he married a EU-National :)
 
mansoor amjad..

this man is a good choice for odi and even test,,28 age is not that much..good alrounder,,
 
Anyone knows how Mansoor Amjad is doing lately ? Was almost a sensation at very young age , more than 10 years ago. A leggie and a good batsman. Still 28 and playing agains, any hope or a " gone case " ?
 
Anyone knows how Mansoor Amjad is doing lately ? Was almost a sensation at very young age , more than 10 years ago. A leggie and a good batsman. Still 28 and playing agains, any hope or a " gone case " ?

He has done decently in this tournament, bowling again regularly which he seemed to have stopped doing previously. Also batting in the middle-order but his strike rate is just 70.
 
He has done decently in this tournament, bowling again regularly which he seemed to have stopped doing previously. Also batting in the middle-order but his strike rate is just 70.

Wondering what happened to him ? injuries, lack of form or lack of confidence ? Was primarily a bowler and played for Pakistan in T20 and ODI as a bowler, then why he has not been bowling much ?
 
Wondering what happened to him ? injuries, lack of form or lack of confidence ? Was primarily a bowler and played for Pakistan in T20 and ODI as a bowler, then why he has not been bowling much ?

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Mansoor suffered a bad injury to his finger which hampered his bowling for quite some time. He made some comebacks but the finger continued to trouble him which meant he had to play largely as a batsman for a season or two.
 
Thanks, so that would have improved Mansoor Amjad,s batting too and if he his finger has recovered fully and is bowling, thre is a chance he might come back. At 28 he is still very young for a spinner.
 
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The guy stopped developing and he is finished. When Leicester signed him, it should have been the start of a great career but looking back, it was the height.
 
He was pretty hyped 3-4 years ago

Was probably in line to replace Afridi / Malik / Hafeez, but theres probably no chance of that with Nawaz and Imad, at least in the short term
 
Fighting performance from Mansoor Amjad today. His team (WAPDA) batted first, were all out for 197 but he contributed 92, which is just under half of the team total. 5-0-12-0 with the ball as well, but the target was easily chased down
 
NBP 218-10 in 48.2 overs: (Ramiz Raja 59, 73 balls, 6x4s, Kamran Ghulam 42, 44 balls, 4x4s, 1x6, Haris Ali Khan 33, 35 balls, 4x4s, Ali Asad 23, 31 balls, 3x4s, Hamza Paracha 23, 44 balls, 2x4s, Mansoor Amjad 4-45, Khalid Usman 3-41)

WAPDA 222-4 in 44.5 overs: (Kamran Akmal 115, 125 balls, 14x4s, 1x6, Salman Butt 44, 57 balls, 6x4s, Mansoor Amjad 40*, 66 balls, 1x4, 2x6s, Bilal Asif 2-38, Raza Hassan 1-37)

Today in Departmental ODI Cup
 
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Sialkot Region (First Innings) 318 all out in 81.4 overs: (Mansoor Amjad 83, 138 balls, 11x4s, 1x6, Naimuddin 68, 104 balls, 4x4s, Usama Mir 52*, 39 balls, 4x4s, 3x6s, Kaleem Ahmed 26, 56 balls, 1x4, Nauman Ali 5-109, Babar Khan 2-56, Lal Kumar 2-93)

(2nd Innings) 282-9 decl in 59 overs: (Mansoor Amjad 87, 128 balls, 8x4s, 1x6, Faisal Khan 80, 143 balls, 9x4s, Abdul Rehman 40, 28 balls, 3x4s, 3x6s, Lal Kumar 3-23, Nouman Ali 3-124, Asad Malik 2-79)

Hyderabad Region (First Innings) 347 all out in 81.3 overs: (Saad Khan 173, 209 balls, 24x4s, 1x6, Shoaib Laghari 71, 69 balls, 7x4s, 2x6s, Rizwan Ahmed 20, 77 balls, 2x4s, Asad Malik 20, 19 balls, 1x4, 1x6, Adnan Ghous 4-65, Usama Mir 2-57, Mansoor Amjad 2-96)

(2nd Innings) 72-2 in 28 overs: (Azeem Ghumman 29*, 40 balls, 5x4s)

Result: Match Drawn
 
Another cricketer who didn't have the backing in the corridors of power to enable him being picked for Pakistan on a regular basis.
 
On Saturday, playing for Rishton CC, he scored 137 off 127 balls with 16 4's and 2 6's.
 
I was following his career for long time and expected big things and long career with Pakistan team, never happened, sadly.
 
Playing for Rishton CC on Saturday, he had great bowling figures of 15-1-50-4 and in the successful chase he smashed 79* off 44 balls.

Good player, should have got more chances but he's never gonna play for Pakistan again, especially with the emergence of SHADAB KHAN!
 
Playing for Rishton CC on Saturday, he had great bowling figures of 15-1-50-4 and in the successful chase he smashed 79* off 44 balls.

Good player, should have got more chances but he's never gonna play for Pakistan again, especially with the emergence of SHADAB KHAN!


You should be knowing that since last 2-3 years he is an offbreak bowler and his top competitor's

1. Agha Salman
2. Bilal Asif
3. Ashiq Ali &
4. Ahmer Ajaz


Ahmer Ajaz is not getting any game time at any level which is very very disappointing since he is the best offspin potential we have in Pakistan atm.
 
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