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This one likes to fire leather

A humble truck driver from Pakistan's most dangerous Al-Qaeda lair is dreaming of the big time after bowling out the national cricket team's batsmen on the sidelines of their lacklustre Gulf tour.

cricket Updated: Nov 24, 2010 22:53 IST

A humble truck driver from Pakistan's most dangerous Al-Qaeda lair is dreaming of the big time after bowling out the national cricket team's batsmen on the sidelines of their lacklustre Gulf tour.

The 25-year-old Abdul Haq thought things were looking up when he swapped the wilds of North Waziristan on the lawless Afghan border to work as a driver-cum-supervisor at a construction company in the United Arab Emirates.

Little did he know how much.

When the Pakistan cricket team came to Abu Dhabi to play South Africa several local players were invited to bowl the team in the nets.
Haq strode out and bowled out some of Pakistan's top batsmen.

Pakistan coach Waqar Younis and manager Intikhab Alam snapped him up for Pakistan's national cricket academy and dreaming of a career in the limelight — provided he can convince his employment sponsors to release him.

"I'm thrilled," Haq said. "I'm lucky that Waqar liked me in the nets as I dismissed the top Pakistani batsmen and now I feel my dreams of playing for the country and then building an academy in Waziristan can soon be fulfilled."

Not bad for a young man who moved to Abu Dhabi in 2008, looking to build a life away from the fear of Islamist militants and a US drone campaign targeting Taliban and Al-Qaeda commanders in North Waziristan.