While the Pakistan under-19 team may have fallen short in the ICC u-19 World Cup earlier this year, it did give evidence of the talent pool that Pakistan possesses. Among the stars for the team in that tournament was the young leg spinner, Shadab Khan.
Shadab finished the tournament as Pakistan's highest wicket taker, and by the final match was being used as a pinch hitter by the team as they got to know of his abilities. At that stage he hadn't played a single senior match - in First Class, List A or T20 cricket - but his talent was there for all to see.
Originally hailing from Mianwali Shadab has quickly become the mainstay of the Rawalpindi team in domestic cricket, and has even graduated to the Pakistan A team. His most impressive performance, nine wickets and a century against Zimbabwe A in only his fourth First Class match, coincided with the PSL Draft, and presented an audition that forced Islamabad United to select him.
With his first full domestic season in full swing and a PSL to follow Shadab islikely to turn a lot more heads over the coming months, and will hope that he follows in the footsteps of Rumman Raees and Amad Butt - both of whom were in the Emerging Category for Islamabad United in PSL 1, and both were selected for the national team within a year of the that tournament.