Zeeshan Zameer thought about quitting cricket due to financial issues – Cricket
Published on June 18, 2022 09:26
Zeeshan faced the challenge of quitting cricket at district level and returning to his village.
LAHORE (Web Desk) – Young Pakistani pacer Zeeshan Zameer once considered quitting cricket due to the complex situation developing at his home, but he is now one of the bright talents recognized by the PCB Pathways scheme. Continuing his journey in competitive cricket, Zeeshan was hampered by several challenges early in his career which could have potentially jeopardized his future.
The Karachi-based cricketer faced the challenge of leaving cricket at district level and returning to his village of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to have his ailing mother operated on, but decided to stay after a local coach offered to cover medical expenses.
His father is a private company driver in Karachi and given the limited financial support, Zeeshan was always willing to go the extra mile to pursue his dreams. Awarded for his stellar performances in the U19 circuit and an impressive HBL PSL 7 outing with Islamabad United, Zeeshan is now one of 107 cricketers in the PCB Pathways programme. coaches at the National High Performance Centre.
“The PCB Pathways program is a very good initiative because I am aware of the difficulty for gamers from modest backgrounds,” Zeeshan told PCB Digital.
“Players in the program will be in a better mental space and less stressed as their monetary needs are met by the PCB and they can also support their families.”
The bowler’s rapid rise can be traced back to his stellar display in the 2020-21 National One-Day U19 Tournament when he won 19 scalps in 10 matches for Sindh U19. His ability to generate a sharp rebound has been a hallmark of his bowling arsenal.
The 19-year-old speedster, who idolizes Australia Test skipper Pat Cummins and wants to replicate the heroics of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, was the standout bowler at the 2021 ACC Asian U19 Cup where he landed 11 wickets in just three matches. Zeeshan also recorded outstanding numbers of 5-60 against their Indian rivals in the tournament, giving his side a memorable win. Later, he won five wickets in as many matches at the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup 2022.
Hardened by life’s hardships, Zeeshan mentioned that one needs to deal with criticism in a positive way in order to progress.