Sajid Khan, son of martyred Lance Naik Ghulam Nabi, made his Test debut against Zimbabwe this month. The picture of him receiving the test cap from skipper Babar Azam went viral on social media on Thursday.
Off-spinner Sajid Khan says his hard work finally paid off as he received a warm welcome from the team. He became the 244th individual to represent Pakistan in Test Cricket.
“A lot of hard work is behind this. I can’t express my feelings right now,” Sajid said in a video released by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
“It has been a journey of 13-14 years as I played under-16, college cricket, under-19, first-class cricket for Peshawar. It’s a proud moment for me,” he added.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) April 29, 2021
“My mother will be the happiest person back home as she prays a lot for me,” Sajid said.
27-year-old Sajid Khan was the leading wicket-taker in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2020-21 as he bagged 67 wickets in the tournament.
Appreciation and prayers for the cricketer poured in on social media from netizens as they prayed for his success. Earlier this month, Pakistan Cricket Board on Twitter had released his video working with Saqlain Mushtaq on improving his skills.
— Sajid Khan (@SajidKhan888) April 18, 2021
Commenting on the video, he said that, “Alhamdulillah – humbled to be working on improving my skills with the best! Thank you @Saqlain_Mushtaq Bhai @TheRealPCB.”
Sajid Khan belongs to Mardan and has been playing domestic cricket for the past 14 years and has been playing First-Class cricket for six years. Khan added that since he belonged to a relatively marginalized area he struggled a lot to reach the top. He, however, feels proud to represent Pakistan Cricket Team at the national level.
شہید لانس نائیک نے 🇵🇰 کی خاطر جان دی
شہید کا بیٹا 🇵🇰 کو جتوانے کا عزم لئے میدان میں اتر گیا
آج ٹیسٹ کیپ لینے والے آف اسپنر ساجد خان پاک فوج کے شہید لانس نائیک غلام نبی کے بیٹے ہیں pic.twitter.com/PBbFxVz6hP
— Shoaib Jatt (@Shoaib_Jatt) April 29, 2021
Pakistan is currently touring Zimbabwe and had won the T20I series. It was the second consecutive win for the tourists after beating South Africa in ODI and T20I series.