Zaman Khan makes impressive start in T20 Blast

The pacer took two wickets on his debut

May 21, 2023
Zaman Khan celebrates a wicket — Twitter / @FaizanLakhani

Pakistani right-arm pacer Zaman Khan made an impressive start in the T20 Blast tournament as the pacer took two wickets on debut.

Playing for Derbyshire Falcons, Khan struggled in his first two overs as he conceded 31 runs. But he made a great comeback in his last two overs as he only conceded 10 runs while also picking two wickets.

Destructive Pakistani batter Haider Ali was part of the Falcons as well but he got out on the first ball of the tournament.

The Falcons scored 179-5 in 20 overs courtesy of Wayne Madsen’s classy 50 (35 balls) but the target did not seem enough on a good batting pitch as Lancashire scored 183/6 with four balls to spare after Luke Wells laid the foundation with an explosive knock of 66 runs in 35 balls, his maiden T20 half-century.

There are eight Pakistani players participating in the ongoing Vitality Blast.

Pakistan’s primary fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, 2017 Champions trophy hero Hasan Ali, left-handed opener Shan Masood, all-rounder Shadab Khan, left-arm spinner Zafar Gohar, leg spinner Usama Mir, young guns Haider Ali and Zaman Khan will be in action in the tournament which will last for nine weeks.

Shaheen will be representing Nottinghamshire Outlaws. Previously in the tournament, Afridi had represented Hampshire Hawks in 2020.

Shan Masood will lead Yorkshire Vikings in the tournament. He scored 547 runs in the last edition playing for Derbyshire Falcons.

Shadab Khan signed for Sussex Sharks. He represented Yorkshire in the last season.

Haider Ali and Zaman Khan will feature for Derbyshire Falcons.

Hasan Ali signed a contract with Warwickshire CCC for this season and will feature in T20 Blast too. Right-arm pacer Hasan will be in action for Birmingham Bears.

Zafar Gohar will be in action again for Gloucestershire CCC. Zafar cemented his place in the Gloucestershire fold with his all-round performance in the last three seasons.

Leg-spinner Usama Mir is signed by Worcestershire Rapids to represent them in the opening phase of the T20 Blast.

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.