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Scorchers Secure Second Import

10 September 2018

Scorchers Sign Pakistani Leg Spinner Usman Qadir for BBL|08

The Perth Scorchers have secured their second and final international import for BBL|08, signing Pakistani leg spinner Usman Qadir.

The 26-year-old is the son of Pakistani Test cricketer Abdul Qadir and played in Pakistan’s Under-19 World Cup side in 2010 when he was just 16 years old.

Qadir has been living in Sydney for the last 12 months playing for Hawkesbury in the NSW Premier Cricket competition.

“This is my dream come true, I have wanted to play Big Bash since it started, this is a big opportunity for me and I hope that I can help the Scorchers do well this season,” Qadir said.

“Last year when Justin Langer called me and said “I want to see you bowl” - it was very exciting. I went to Brisbane to train with the team before their game and after the training we all talked and got along well.

“I didn’t get any chance to play in a lot of cricket in Pakistan so this is a great opportunity for me. I’m really looking forward to performing in Big Bash and I’m just really thankful to Adam and the Scorchers for giving me this chance.

Scorchers Head Coach Adam Voges said he was impressed by Qadir’s skills when he joined the Scorchers squad in the training nets last season.

“He’s an exciting prospect who brings a lot of energy to the side. We liked what we saw when he joined us for a few training sessions last BBL season, so looking forward to what he can do this summer,” he said.

“We wanted to have someone to cover for Ash if he gets another Australian call-up, but there’s also an opportunity to have them both in the side as spin options."