Huzaifa Zubair

The following article appeared in the Liverpool Echo on Tuesday 11th October

Haifa happy to play hard ball to impress with Lancashire


A HIGHLY-talented young cricketer, who arrived in Liverpool from North West Pakistan only 12 months ago, has already made a good impression at Lancashire CC.
All-rounder Haifa Zubair, who plays for Sefton Park, attends the King's Leadership Academy and lives in Toxteth, initially missed out on county selection. However, courtesy of a series of eye-catching performances, with both bat and ball, forced his way into the county side.

His dad Ali described his son's swift rise through the ranks, despite never having played cricket with a hard ball before coming to Merseyside.
He told Junior Sport: "Haifa missed out on the county trials to begin with. But thanks to his coach at Sefton Park, Ted Williams, who provided the opportunity for him to play for the Inter League side. It would not have happened this season.

"He played well. He took a hat-trick against Pennine CC, for the league side, and in the quarter-final made 60 runs versus Manchester

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These performances encouraged Lancashire to pick him for the county team where he produced some good performances.
"Against Durham he claimed five wickets and at Yorkshire scored 38. At a tournament in Taunton he took a total of 11 wickets and scored 113 runs in five matches. This included 53 in the final, as Lancashire won the competition.
"For his club, at the end of the season he was named the Sefton Park player of the
year having totaled 485 runs and taken 17 wickets in 10 games."
Unusually the all-rounder is a fast right-arm bowler who bats left- handed. He scores quickly and is notable, like his former countryman Shahid Afridi, for hitting sixes.
For Lancashire in the Taunton tournament he hit 6 x 6s and accumulated 25 for Sefton during the season.
At Old Trafford he was also selected to be an England mascot for the T20 international between England and Pakistan. Where he was able to observe Joe Root, his batting hero, at close hand. Although his bowling role model Stuart Broad was absent.