Adnan Rasool - Resigned for 2015
Adnan’s first foray into league cricket was an outstanding success.
He took over 100 league and cup wickets for his Lancashire League club and was quickly retained for a second season.
Adnan is a highly rated off spinner, with Pakistan star, Saeed Ajmal, a very vocal supporter of his abilities, publically stating ‘he is the best off spinner in Pakistan after me!'. He has attended several Pakistan National Camps, at the behest of Kamran Akmal, Misbah and Hafeez.
The 2012/13 domestic season haul of 61 wickets @ 23.60, didnt go unnoticed. Adnan was selected to represent Pakistan A, under the leadership of Shahid Afridi.
A classical off spinner who posses, the all important ‘doosra’ and is a capable middle order batsman for league cricket.
Adnan is Level 2 qualified. His stats in 2012, were 399 runs @ 19.95 and 95 wickets @ 12.35. This topped 110 with some replayed league games in his maiden season. So far in 2013, he has 374 runs @ 20.77 and 67 wickets @ 17.20. Adnan did miss 2 games in the midst of the season to travel back to Pakistan, like many other Pakistani professionals in the UK, for the Pakistan National T20 Ramadan Cup, for his State Bank employers.
Adnan played a pivotal role in helping Burnley win the Worsley Cup after a gap of some 30 years.
An outstanding off spin bowler, with all the tricks, a match winner and a genuine club man on and off the field, with an excellent reference.
For 2014, Adnan moved to the Liverpool Competition and was retained by Ainsdale for 2015, after scoring 400 runs and 55 wickets at under 14 before an early return home for Champions League preparations. Adnan played in all 6 of the Lahore Lions, Champions Leagues matches.
An outstanding all round cricketer. Fawad was part of the 2003 U19 World Cup winning team. He was inducted into the National Academy programme and toured Australia with Pakistan A, as well as representing the Pakistan Academy in Nepal , Kenya, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe with consistent performances as skipper.
These successes projected him into the Full side and he made his International debut versus Sri Lanka in 2007.
Fawad is a combative left handed bat, who bowls slow left arm and is an outstanding fielder in any position.
He has also been part of the ICC T20 World Cup winning side in 2009 and was a regular in Pakistan one day and T20 squads for nearly 3 years. This culminated in a Test debut which he will never forget, scoring 168 as a makeshift opener and repelling Herath and Ajantha Mendis on a turning track. In told, he has played 3 Tests, 24 T20 Internationals and 27 ODI’s.
Fawad was dropped without reason from the National side in 2010 and churned out runs at all levels for his recall in 2014. His batting average since then in ODI cricket is 69. This includes a maiden ODI ton.
Fawad has had 3 small stints as a premier league pro in the UK, which yielded 991 runs @ 55.05 & 49 wickets @ 16.78 in the North Lincs League. There are 2 tours in 2009 and 2010 with Pakistan also.
His 2013 stint at Haverigg was prolific with bat and ball before a shoulder injury saw him return home, with 572 runs @ 71.50, with 18 wickets @ 11.50. UKCC 2 qualified.
Domestically, this winter, he has scored 201 in the first match of the year. Statistically, he averages 56 and approaching 9000 runs.
He presents a club with a complete high profile cricketing option, for the season.
Lahore based, Adnan seeks a full season engagement in 2012, after his last visit was cut short in 2007. Adnan played a handful of games in the Bradford League, before being summoned back for a Pakistan A team honours.
Adnan has immense experience at Junior International Levels. These include being part of the Pakistan U15 World Cup XI to England which lost in the Final to West Indies. Members of those sides included Azhar Ali, Zulqarnain Haider, Ravi Rampaul, Xavier Marshall & Dinesh Ramdin. He also toured the UAE with Pakistan U15 for the U15 Asia Cup in 2002.
Further International honours include the U17 Asia Cup in India. Adnan played a key part in the Final against arch rivals, India. His off spin accounted for India star, Rohit Sharma. Coming into bat in front of 35,000 partisan fans at 53/2, Adnan’s classy 76* saw them chase down 233.
Adnan proceeded to play FC cricket and perform in all formats to earn trips to Nepal & Bangladesh with the Pakistan National Academy. His abilities then elevated him to represent Pakistan A against Sri Lanka A, with a career highlight against South Africa XI on their tour in 2007. He faced the pace of Steyn, Nel and Ntini and acquitted himself well with 29.
Adnan is a well educated and refined individual, who bats in the top order and is a genuine spinner. He averages nearly 43 in 1 and 4 day cricket. His all round attributes offer any 1st Eleven team, with a super player who is looking to learn and further develop his playing and coaching skills. UKCC Level 2 qualified.
Jahangir Mirza - Resigned 2015
Former Pakistan U19 World Cup winner, Jahangir made a super return to league cricket in 2014, with 586 league runs at 41.86 and 40 wickets at 13.70 for Highfield in the Liverpool Competition. These stats gave his side promotion to the Premier League and being retained for the 2015 season, a formality. Jahangir represented Pakistan U19 on 23 occasions in 1 and 4 day cricket as an all rounder, batting 3 and bowling off spin. Apart from collecting a World Cup winner’s medal, he also toured Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as part of his development. Now, settled in the WAPDA first class side under International star, Rana Naveed’s leadership, Jahangir continues to work hard in all departments and playing formats. His skills have seen him average 38 with the bat in One day cricket and nearly 30 in 4 day games. His off breaks are regularly employed in T20 format, where he has a best of 4/28. Jahangir has a years experience from 2007. UKCC 2 qualified.
One of those cricketers, who would have undoubtedly played at the highest level, despite making two Full Pakistan tours, Tahir was unable to break the stronghold, by the illustrious Saqlain Mushtaq, then Arshad Khan and Shoaib Malik.
Nonethless, Tahir has forged a successful FC career with PIA and played at many times at ‘A’ team level.
A motivated cricket, Tahir had 3 excellent years in the North Staffordshire League, and then decided to concentrate on studies.
A return to league cricket in 2012, saw him gain ECB Level 2 credentials and perform credibly despite the poor summer at Ainsdale in the Liverpool Competition, where he scored 486 runs @ 27 with 49 wickets @ 19. At the higher level, Tahir is creeping towards 100 FC matches with a double of 3000 runs and 300 wickets closing in.. A career aggregate of 2702 runs at 29.36, is better than many other front line batters that are engaged at clubs. Additionally, 292 wickets at under 28, validate his unquestionable quality.
Tahir slotted in straight away with all club members alike and is keen to return in 2015. Excellent reference available.
Abdur Rehman - signed Somerset CCC - 2015
‘Mani’ has reaped the rewards of patience in his career with Sialkot and Habib Bank. He has played 22 Tests, 31 ODIs and 8 T20Int's and had several years of Professional League cricket in the Surrey Championship, North Staffs and Bolton Leagues. He is another genuine all rounder who has scored 1000 runs in a club summer, complimented with many wickets. Toured England with the National side in 2010, and also played a part in helping his side beat England in the UAE Test series.
He sub pro’d in the Lancashire League for Ramnsbottom and North Staffs league for 6 weeks during his last stint in 2010, gathering an average of 40 with the bat and 14 with the ball. A classical left arm spinner, who can bat in the top order, has scored 14 FC centuries as well as a Test 50. A centrally contracted player with the PCB. Has over 500 FC wickets and not far away from 3000 four day career runs.
Abdur enjoyed his spell as overseas pro at Somerset in 2012 in Championship and One day cricket. Was resigned for 2013, but unable to play due to a short term ban. Taken 26 wickets this winter for Habib Bank which lead to Somerset signing him for all formats for the 2015 season. Played 22 Tests, 31 ODIs and 8 T20Ints.
An outstanding cricketer with bat and ball who enjoys playing the game with a smile.
A seasoned league professional who plays for Karachi and State Bank in Pakistan cricket. Mohtashim has 9 years of mainly playing in the North East. Level 2 qualified. A compact left handed top order batsman and left arm spinner. His last 6 years in the Tyneside League have gathered him 4900 runs and 185 wickets. Prior to this, he had spells in Bradford, Huddersfield and Central Yorkshire League. Mohtashim represented Sacriston in the North East Premier Division 1 in 2012, and was prolific during a rain savaged season. He scored 1279 runs @ 71.06 with 29 wickets @ 18.62. A re-signing formality for 2013 took place. This year, the results to date are 953 runs @ 39.71 and 30 wickets @ 17.13. Seeks another challenge for 2014, as his club are unable to retain him due to a shortage of finances.
Sohail Ahmed - Resigned for 2015
A former Pakistan U19 and Academy player, Sohail has forged himself a stable First Class career, as a utility cricketer capable of batting anywhere and bowling left arm spin. He was the winner of the Pakistan T20 bowler of the tournament in 2008. Sohail models himself on his hero, Aamir Sohail.
Over 50 First Class match career with 5 centuries. Also averages 41 in one day domestic cricket. Level 2 qualified. Sohail has been a permanent fixture in the Surrey Championship for 10 years, chalking up 5314 runs at 43 with 234 wickets at 20. He will be back once again for Esher in 2015, which is a testament to his immense value at the club, on the field as a Pro and captain, as well as off the park, developing the immense Junior section and future 1st XI cricketers.
Mohammad Aslam - Resigned for 2015
Aslam represents the powerful Habib Bank in Pakistan cricket which is laced with the likes of Imran Farhat, Younus Khan, Abdur Rehman, Shahid Afridi and more.
The guily left arm spinner offers his illustrious skipper, control and probes away looking for opposition chinks. He has over 200 first class wicket at a shade under 23. Aslam can open the batting in league cricket, and has a 4 day best of 74.
With several years league experience in the UK, he topped his club’s batting averages with 611 league runs at 36 and the league bowling averages with 87 victims in 2011.
Whilst the weather decimated the season, his 2012 returns aggregated 300 runs at 26 and 75 league wickets at 9.71, taking his side to 4th place in the Liverpool Comp 1st Division.
An incredible season in 2013, saw Aslam amass 106 league wickets at 8.98. This took Rainhill to Premiership cricket for the first time in their history. Not to be outdone, Aslam, scored 506 at 36, to top off a superb personal campaign. The 2014 summer, saw Rainhill maintain their Premiership status, with Aslam playing a leading part, topping his sides batting aggregate with 525 runs and an incredible 97 wickets at 8.19. The 4 years stats at Rainhill have gathered 374 wickets, at under 10 and exactly 2000 runs at 30. This history saw his services being swiftly retained for 2015.
‘Riffy’ as he is affectionately known as, has been a cricketing legend at Cockermouth in the North Lancs Premier League. In 6 prosperous summers, he aggregated over 6500 runs at 70 plus and 250 wickets at 16, bowling left arm spin. He moved into the Derbyshire Premier, and despite having to leave a few week early this year, he scored 700 runs @ 40 and took 49 wickets at 10.55. Add his two prior seasons, this Pakistan A star makes it, 2500 runs at 50+ with 110 wickets at 15. This does not include 320 professional games, over 12500 runs and a best of 302, make Riffy a consumate professional in every sense. Level 2 qualified. Riffy also shares the best ever 2nd wicket stand in First Class cricket history of 580.
'Riffat was a fantastic professional on the field and was consistently in the top three of the averages with both bat and ball during his time with us. He played for us for six years and was an integral member of the club. Without a doubt he is one of the best ever professional's to play in our league and that is a view that you will find repeated by every club in our league'.
Ian Buchanan – Cockermouth CC
Zohaib Khan - Resigned for 2015
Zohaib signed to Benwell Hill as an unknown quantity in 2009.
Since then, his performances have excelled with bat and ball. More importantly, his off the field attitudes have exemplified his manner, especially during coaching sessions.
The all rounder, has galvanised his team into winning trophies. His efforts over this period in league and cup matches, totals 4592 runs at 42.52 and 340 wickets @ 14.66. This includes 1013 runs and 92 league/cup wickets in 2013. Zohaibs performances in 2014, were even more impressive, scoring 1303 runs & 83 wickets.
In his FC career, now 7 years old, Zohaib averages 34 with the bat and has taken149 wickets at 27.91.
Benwell won 2 cups in 2013, and in the final of another cup. ‘ZK’ has now signed for a 7th season at ‘The Hill’ where he is equally liked by club mates and opposition alike, with his model professional attitude. UKCC 2 qualified.
This winter (2014/15), Zohaib captained Peshawar Panthers, to the National T20 title and continues to perform admirably for ZTBL, without attracting the National selectors attention. The 30 year old has 2729 FC runs @ 33.28 with 154 wickets at 27.86. A high class all rounder.
Phil Nicholson – Benwell Hill and Northumberland CCC captain’s reference:-
‘Many of our members regard Zohaib, as our best ever Professional. That is some Compliment when the recent & not so recent competition is so strong. It is rare that he does not contribute with bat or ball – a quick look at his record proves that fact. The raw figures show his all-round quality in the North East Premier League. On top of that, Zohaib is fully committed to his team mate’s success and that of the club. He is a fine player and a fine man to play cricket with’.
Shoaib was a late signing into the Northants 1st Division in 2012, however he impressed immediately upon arrival and through the season. Despite the inclement weather, he gathered 583 league runs @ 64.78, as well as scalping 22 wickets at 17.36.
Shoaib is a qualified ECB Level 2 coach and is looking to test and develop his cricket and coaching career further for 2015. as well as First Class cricket.
Ended the 2014 domestic season in a blaze of glory on TV in the Regional 5 day final, scoring a polished 177. The season ended with a solid performance of 656 runs at 38.58. This winters 2014/5 effort to date is 187 runs @ 37.4 in 5 knocks. A FC career that has 1335 runs avergaing 31.05, show he is a good player. Shoaib offers a cost effective option and someone who lives cricket!
A prolific league professional, with a huge reputation after 7 years in the Ribblesdale League.
Lahore based, top order bat, Ali Azmat has punished bowlers alike, scoring 7713 league runs at 54.32. His orthodox slow left arm spin has bagged 377 wickets at 19, during this time. Ali has also played in the Lancashire and Northern Leagues as a sub professional.
A qualified and experienced ECB Level 2 coach, Ali’s 50 match FC career sees his batting average over 40 in 4 day cricket, as well as being successful in 1 day and T20 formats at the higher level. This return last season with the bat netted him 595 runs at 49.58.
Being a left arm spinner and a very accomplished batsman, Ali offers a club, one of the best all round options available. The consummate club professional.
Karachi based Mansoor ‘s previous spells in the North Lancashire, Northern and Liverpool Competition, provide a club with the mysteries and guile of leg spin and googly variety with a genuine middle order batsman.
Two summers in the North Lancashire League grossed 800 runs and 144 wickets. At St. Annes, in the Northern Premier league, he scored 479 runs @ 26.61 and took 63 wickets at 16.92.
He also played a s a sub pro for St Annes in 2007 over 6 weeks, scoring 261 runs @ 65.25 and took 17 wickets @ 20.59.
Prior to this, in 2006, he was the Professional for Keswick in the North Lancashire league averaging 35.83 with the bat and taking 44 wickets @ 20.57.
Mansoor is ECB Level 2 qualified and looks to use all his experiences and skills in securing an successful engagement for 2015. Excellent club references available.