WORCESTER: Pakistani leg-spinner Usama Mir said that playing County cricket was a lifelong dream for him.
Speaking to Geo News before his County cricket stint with Worcestershire Rapids for Vitality Blast, Mir said he always dreamt of playing in the English domestic season.
"When I was young and used to hear and read about England’s county cricket that how this cricket has a very different sort of vibe from cricket in other countries so I used to dream about playing in county cricket which has come true now. I wanted to play my best game that’s what I did and the performance was really good," he said.
Mir, who was already playing Sunday league cricket for Colwyn Bay in England, was signed by Rapids for just three matches as a replacement for their full-season signing Mitchell Santner. He took five wickets in three matches for his team before returning to Pakistan where he will join the national team's camp, starting on June 10.
"Whether it’s bowling or batting wherever I get a chance I always tried my level best to do well for the team and produce a winning performance. Thanks to Allah that’s what I did here too and not only bowled well but also batted," he had said.
Mir, who was looking forward to going to England for playing cricket, got a call from Pakistan team for ODIs earlier this year. He made his ODI debut against New Zealand in Karachi this January. He replaced injured Shadab Khan in the three-match series.
So far, Usama has played six ODIs, all against New Zealand. He bagged 10 wickets and bowled at an impressive economy of 5.29. After performing in ODIs, his name is also coming under consideration for the ICC World Cup in India, scheduled in October-November this year.