Sydney Thunder have signed Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain for the 2021-22 edition of the Big Bash League. The 21-year-old Hasnain is set to join England speedster Saqib Mahmood, thereby further strengthening the Thunder bowling unit. Hasnain made a name for himself while playing for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League after which he made his national debut.
In the PSL, he played under former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed before joining the Trinbago Knight Riders in Caribbean Premier League 2020. During a CPL game, the youngster also bowled a delivery at 155kph. Hasnain has played 18 T20Is and eight ODIs for Pakistan after making his debut in 2019.
He was also a part of the Pakistan squad for the limited-overs series against the West Indies. Recently, Hasnain’s national teammate Haris Rauf also got a chance to play in the BBL after Melbourne Stars roped in him.
He is going to love bowling in Australia, says Ben Cutting
“He bowls fast, easily at 150 km/h. He’s a lovely young kid, and his team back home is keen for him to learn about the game and to also come out here and bowl fast,” Thunder all-rounder Ben Cutting was quoted as saying.
Cutting has played alongside Hasnain while plying his trade for the Sarfaraz-led Gladiators in the cash-rich PSL. Cutting also said that the conditions in Australia will suit Hasnain’s style of bowling.
“[Mohammad] is going to love bowling in Australia. We have faster pitches and bigger boundaries – conditions that are far more conducive to bowling fast than they are in Pakistan,” he added.
The Thunder are currently placed third in the points table with nine points from four matches. In their previous game, they beat the Brisbane Heat by 53 runs to secure their second win. They are currently being led by Chris Green in the absence of Usman Khawaja.