Mianwali-born Samiullah Khan Niazi, a fast improving left-arm medium-fast bowler, has been called up y the team management for the current tour of England. The move has been necessitated by the withdrawal from the team of Rana Naved-ul-Hasan through injury and fitness problems faced by some other pace bowlers.
Samiullah will turn 24 years old early next month. His career has already progressed in leaps and bounds and, after just four seasons of first-class cricket, he has gathered 138 wickets in 32 matches at an inexpensive 19.48 runs apiece.
In the 2005-06 season in Pakistan, Samiullah was the leading wicket-taker in first-class matches for a while, his 75 wickets costing him only 18.36 each. Eventually, PIA and Peshawarâ€™s former Pakistan pace bowler Fazl-e-Akbar got past him with a tally of 80 wickets.
Samiullah had not been chosen among the reserves for the senior teamâ€™s tour of England but, in fact, he was included in a similar list in the Pakistan A squad thatâ€™s currently touring Australia where the four-nation Top End Series is being contested.
Samiullah, however, has already travelled abroad. Last summer he was in England, as a member of the Faisalabad Wolves team, which won the International 20:20 Clubs Championship arranged by Leicestershire. In April earlier this year, he bowled impressively for the champion Pakistan A team in the EurAsia Cricket Series in Abu Dhabi.
Samiullah made his first-class debut for Sargodha in 2002-03. Since then, he has played for Faisalabad and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL). Although he has been asked to join the team in England, he may not be able to make his Test debut at Lordâ€™s on Thursday, as heâ€™s faced with immediate visa delay at the moment.
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