Thursday, 12 March 2015


Another Gleanings interview, this time with the founder of the doosra: Saqi bhai.

Parts of our conversation that didn't make it included a few thoughts on his brief time sub-pro'ing for Burslem in the NSSCL, and his comments on Imran Tahir (which were positive).

We didn't speak about the time a certain former housemate of mine and one-time colleague at Wollaton CC lofted him for a straight six to bring up his maiden Premier League hundred. He wouldn't be drawn on whom, out of him, Usman Afzaal and Alex Tudor, wasn't being paid the year he played for West Indian Cavaliers (league rules limiting the number of paid players to two).

And he claimed not to know anything about the nightclub that Saeed Anwar the man responsible for the increasing religious devotion in the Pakistani squad during the 1990s used to have in the basement of his Lahore residence, before the tragic death of his three-year-old daughter led him to seek solace in Islam. 

Still, he told me a couple of funny yarns about his cricketing days, and one heartbreaking story of a talented quick bowler who injury got the better of. 

Saqlain Mushtaq: Gleanings

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