From football-mad Lyari, 19-year-old Ghulam Mudassar achieved the biggest dream of his life when he got selected to play for Quetta Gladiators at the recent Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Mudassar originally hails from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Haripur Hazara, but grew up in Lyari, an area mostly known for footballers, state-level boxers, cyclists and aspiring atheletes.
Mudassar’s journey began when he was spotted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) U-16 programme back in 2011 when he was only 12. He played for Karachi at that time but failed to make an impact having taken only three wickets in four games as part of the programme.
At the age of 13, Muddassar was picked up by Port Qasim Authority where he played the inter-department (3-day tournament) in 2012. At such a tender age, he earned 18 wickets at 26.27 including eight-for on debut at Islamabad’s Diamond Cricket Club.
He has played domestic cricket from a young age despite never being selected for Paksitan U-19 team. He then debuted in first-class cricket in 2015 for Karachi Whites. He finished with a staggering 31 wickets at 34.67 in eight games.
He has total of 19 games in his track record – 14 for Karachi Whites, four for National Bank of Pakistan and one for Pakistan A – bagging 65 wickets with 30.81. In 33 List-A games, he has 41 wickets at 37.56.
Making his way in PSL, he was initially selected by Lahore Qalandars’ trial in 2017 where he took part in the ‘Rising Stars’ category. Then he was trained under Aqib Javed and Mudassar Nazar.
Meanwhile, in 2017 and 2018, Mudassar represented Pakistan in the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup and even earned a BPL contract.
Talking about PSL Ghulam Mudassar said, “ PSL has given me a lot of opportunities to learn. Sharing a dressing room with big names and bowling at them has made me learn a lot. PSL has matured me as a player.”
His team Quetta Gladiators won the final of PSL 2019 against Peshawar Zalmi.
According to Mudassar, he grew up watching his idol Wasim Akram on TV and wants to emulate him in every way. For Mudassar fast bowling is ‘madness’ and some control can make him an exceptional pacer.