Raza, 19, who hails from Sialkot, has represented Pakistan Under 19s against Zimbabwe, and also got slotted in for the Under 19 World Cup in New Zealand in 2010. His performances there led to his selection for Pakistan’s England Tour 2010 where he replaced Pakistani leg spin bowler Danish Kaneria.
In an interview to Pakpassion.net, Raza spoke of how his interest in cricket grew, his experiences with the national team, domestic cricket and his international aspirations.
“The teachers can see things you can’t and in my case, my teacher really helped me out. He would take me to another ground if there was no match in our area and insist that I bowl 6 or 7 overs. On our own grounds, he would collect some money, buy a couple of cricket balls and organize a highly competitive game between us local boys,” he revealed.
Raza has lifted the domestic T20 title on three occasions and a call to play for internationalcricket seems likely on cards provided he continues to improve both his bowling and batting.
Speaking of how his interest grew in the sport of cricket, Raza said, “Initially, I wasn’t really interested in cricket but my father insisted on taking me to practice and having me practice at the local college ground. I started to develop an interest in the game by watching all these players in action.”
“There was Shoaib Malik and his younger brother who also played in the same ground. Later on, all of the aforementioned went off to play in well known clubs in Sialkot after getting their basic cricket coaching from Mithoo bhai. So, I started my cricket there,” he added.