London: Nineteen-year old Hammad Azam, who has only featured in nine first class matches, two of which were Twenty20 fixtures, has already done enough to catch the eye of Pakistan`s national selectors, and after some impressive performances in the Under 19 World Cup and for Pakistan "A" believes that he has a good chance of making the national squad for the forthcoming World Cup in India.
A tall and elegant batting all-rounder, Azam hails from Attock in Punjab.
A thoughtful young man, whose determination could be the key to a romising career in cricket, reports PakPassion.net
Hammad said: "Thanks to Allah the Almighty, I did quite well on the (Sri Lanka) tour. It was a very tough tour, but I gave my all in every match. In the tri-series I scored 106 runs at an average of just over 35. I played in one Test and took 4 wickets and scored 53 runs. We didn`t perform as well as we would have liked to as a team, but it is all part of the learning curve for the young boys that were on that tour."
"This was my second "A" tour and tours like this are really helping in my development. I have been given the opportunity to play in varying conditions, against some very tough opponents like Farveez Maharoof of Sri Lanka who has a lot of international experience, so it`s all positive in my opinion and is really helping with my confidence," he added.
"Naturally I dream of selection for the World Cup, but before I even think of being selected for such a prestigious tournament, I need to put on a good show in domestic cricket. I`m confident that I can put in a strong performance in the upcoming domestic season. I want to get some runs and wickets under my belt, and then the rest is down to the selectors," he says further.
"So far my opportunities have predominantly been in the shorter formats of the game for the Pakistan "A" side, but I`m hoping that I can perform well in four-day domestic cricket too this season and to continue my development. I`ve hopefully got a lot of cricket ahead of me, I`ve got so much to learn about the game and it`s important that I keep taking on board the help and advice that my team mates and coaches are giving me," he said.
Azam feels that his stronger suit at the moment is his batting and that he needs to develop his bowling further to become a genuine all-rounder.