Australia, Pakistan in tug-of-war over Abdul Qadir's son, Usman

Nineteen-year-old leg-spinner has impressed Australian cricket chiefs but Pakistan may pick rookie bowler for tour of West Indies this month

updated: July 03, 2013 17:23 IST
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With one leg-spinner of Pakistani origin, Fawad Ahmed, 'under their belt' already, Australia's cricket bosses are now eyeing another young sub-continental talent with a famous surname. Usman, son of Pakistan great Abdul Qadir, and all of 19, is attracting a lot of eyeballs in a nation struggling to groom quality wrist spinners.

In a report published in the Sydney Morning Herald, it has been suggested that Usman showed interest in returning to Australia, where he played club cricket last year in Adelaide and with South Australia's Futures League team featuring under-23 players.

But Pakistan are not sitting quiet. In what could be a surprise move, the Pakistan Cricket Board may include Usman for the tour of West Indies later this month. Interestingly, Usman has yet not played a first-class game although he has eight domestic ODIs against his name.

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