12 Pakistani cricketers who came from poor family backgrounds

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Majority of the youngsters in Pakistan dream of playing for the national cricket team. However, its not as easy as one might think. Lack of cricket facilities and financial troubles are just a handful of reasons which makes the dream of playing for Pakistan cricket team even more less-achievable.

In this article, we will take a look at the 12 Pakistani cricketers who made it to the Pakistan cricket team despite all the odds.

Shoaib Akhtar:

Shoaib Akhtar is one of those Pakistan cricketers who came from a poor family backgrounds. In an interview, the Rawalpindi Express revealed that once he had no money to go for a trial.

“There was a trial for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) as my friends told me, which was held at ground of Nawab in Model Town, Lahore and I had no money. I had no idea how to get there and my family asked me, where are you going? I said I don’t know. Then, I somehow managed to convince the bus conductor by sitting at the roof and whenever they used to ask me for fare, I used to come down but again I used to go up the moment bus started moving because the huge vehicle was not faster than me. In this way, somehow I reached Lahore and spent the whole night on the road. Since, I had to reach ground of Nawab in the morning, which was quite far from the city of Lahore but then somehow I went there and saw 5,000 players.”

Muhammad Yousaf:

Formerly known as Yousaf Youhana, the former Pakistani cricketer’s father worked at the railway station. Despite his love for the game, he couldn’t afford a cricket bat. He used to work at a tailor’s shop before making a name for himself in the world of cricket.

Abdul Razzaq

His father used to work at a factory. Despite the fact his family strongly disapproved his playing cricket, he went to the trails for the under-19 cricket team. After that, he never looked back and became one of the best of the game.

Shadab Khan:

Shadab Khan belongs from Mianwali but moved to Rawalpindi along with his family in 2009. He started his cricket journey by playing tape-ball cricket. In 2010, he was selected for a club called Sadiq-e-Akbar after its president Sajjad Ahmed saw him bowl in the nets.

Asif Ali:

In an interview, Asif Ali revealed that he used to work at a factory as well as playing part time cricket before becoming a star.

Muhammad Irfan:

Hailing from rural Pakistan, before being called to the National Cricket Academy, Muhammad Irfan sought full-time work in a pipe factory while paying club cricket. He belongs from a small village in Vehari.

Anwar Ali:

The all-rounder worked at a factory and ironed socks for a living at a very young age. He worked as a child laborer for a meager 150 rupees. “Those were very tough days, we came to Karachi in search of peace and safety and as one of the boys of the family I was required to earn and not play,” he said.

Muhammad Asif:

One of the finest bowlers in world cricket, Muhammad Asif was born in a poor family. He belongs from Sheikhupura and played first-class cricket for Khan Research Labs and Quetta in his initial years.

Muhammad Abbas:

Muhammad Abbas used to work at a factory to make ends meet before becoming a cricketer.

Haris Rauf:

Haris Rauf worked as salesman at a local shop. He used to play tape-ball cricket before he was picked by the Lahore Qalandars.

Shahnawaz Dahani:

Shahnawaz Dahani recently became the first cricketer ever from Larkana to make his international debut for Pakistan cricket team. He didn’t even have shoes to wear to participate in the under-19 trial for Larkana region.

Muhammad Waseem junior:

The fast bowler belongs from Waziristan. When he moved to Peshawar to play cricket, he had to rent a house along with his friends because he couldn’t afford it on his own.

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