ISLAMABAD - Young and promising all-rounder Ali Imran has been knocking at the selectors’ door through his sterling performances in the prestigious cricket events and hoping to represent Islamabad in Quaid Trophy and get berth in Pakistan A team.

Youngster Ali has recently returned home after a successful tour of UAE, where he helped Test cricketer Imran Nazir Academy lift 5-nation title. He was instrumental especially against India, first in the pool match where he grabbed three wickets conceding only 12 runs and bagged man of the match title and in the final, when Imran Nazir Academy was in all sorts of trouble, the youngster rose to the occasion and played match-winning unbeaten knock of 29 to help his team win the event.

Talking to The Nation, Ali Imran said: “I am highly grateful to Test cricketer M Wasim for providing me with an opportunity to represent my academy M Wasim Cricket Academy (MWCA) in the 5-nation tournament where mighty Indians had brought the IPL players. But we displayed quality cricket and outclassed them twice and also defeated all the other nation’s academies.

“It was a very wonderful and successful tour especially when I was shattered after being ignored firstly for Islamabad Region U-19 team for the National 3-Day and One-Day PCB Regional Tournament and then to utter disappointment, I was not even considered to represent my region Islamabad in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Tournament, despite the fact, I had scored 489 runs and took 9 wickets in only 4 matches. My records were not enough to convince my regional head to pick me for both events but I am surprised that I was not even considered for the recently-concluded National T20 by my parent region Islamabad and instead they preferred to pick outstation players, which was a huge injustice with the regional players like me,” he added.

He said he was man-of-the-match of last both ICA T20 and NBP-ICA One-Day Tournaments and also gave extraordinary performances in other renowned cricket events and declared best all-rounder many times, but despite all that feats and achievements, he was not given opportunity. “I want to represent Islamabad as I don’t want to offer my services to any department or other region. It is Islamabad Region, which gave me name and fame, so it was my regions right to get best out of me.”

Ali said: “When I got the call from M Wasim that I am selected to represent Imran Nazir Academy in UAE, I was like shell-shocked. Let me tell everybody that it was by not an ordinary event, as top UAE newspapers and channels gave full coverage and top players of India, Bangladesh, Bahrain and UAE were in action. We had likes of Rana Naved and others and it was a star-studied event attended by massive crowds.

“Now the second edition of event is also announced which will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I hope Islamabad region head Shakil Shaikh will provide me justice, keeping in mind my outstanding records. I still have offers to play Quaid Trophy for departments, but I want to play for Islamabad region,” he added.

“I am grateful to my father Ajmal Sabir, who is a cricketer and has produced a number of quality national and international cricketers. If he was not at my side, I could have quit playing cricket as I was completely shattered and my heart was broken. I was picked for Pakistan U-19 team tour of England, but at the eleventh hour, I was dropped on medical grounds, reasons best known to some certain individuals. Anyhow, I had regained fresh hope and worked very hard and travelled long distances just to play cricket. I am sure I will soon not only playing Quaid Trophy but also get selected for Pakistan A team purely on my all-round performances,” Ali concluded.