Pak vs Ban: Shahnawaz Dahani seeks mothers prayers before T20I debut

Shahnawaz Dahani will become Pakistan's 95th T20 player when he makes his debut against Bangladesh today

By Web Desk
November 22, 2021
Shahnawaz Dahani Photo: Screenshot of video shared by the PCB

Pakistani pacer Shahnawaz Dahani is set to make his T20I debut for Pakistan in the third T20I match against Bangladesh today (Monday).

Dahani was included in Pakistan's squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 but unfortunately, did not get a chance to play in the T20 World Cup.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared a video of Dahani on their official Twitter handle, where Dahani can be seen talking to his mother on a video call from Dhaka.

The pacer asked his mother to pray for him as he is set to make his debut today.

After the video call with his mother ends, Dahani shed light on his feeling as he becomes Pakistan's 95th T20 player.

"I am excited to be making my T20 debut for Pakistan and I cannot put my feelings into words. I couldn't sleep all night, thinking about my debut."

"Every player has to wait to play for his country and aims to perform well on the international stage when he gets the chance to do so.

Multan Sultan's fast bowler also talked about the call with his mother.

"My mother is so happy and excited for me and was giving me blessings to perform well on my debut."

Dahani further added that he is excited and has been waiting for this opportunity to represent his country on the big stage.

The pacer wished for two things on his debut, but they couldn't be completed.

"I wanted to make my debut in front of my family and people of Sindh but that couldn't be possible in Bangladesh."

Dahani then recalled his childhood passion for cricket.

"I used to do farming but that didn't become a barrier for cricket as I was extremely passionate about cricket. I continued with the same passion and hard work and with Allah's help, I became Pakistan's first international player from Larkana."

The debutant pacer also showed gratitude towards the people of Larkana who supported him and celebrated his achievement after he became the Pakistan Super League's best bowler.

Dahani also revealed his role model and inspiration.

"My role model is Shane Bond of New Zealand and after his retirement, it's Jofra Archer."

The right-arm pacer said he was aiming to bag the Player of the Match award in his debut match, saying that it will be a "big achievement" for him.

"Insha'Allah I will give my 100% in the match. The results, however, are in Allah Mian's hands," he added.