Cricket, spreading its root wide across the globe, witnesses millions of interested candidates popping up from different regions every year. A few among them overpower the competitors, whereas others make their stations at the top-notch spots with appealing showcases. However, during years-long history, the enthusiasts have testified multiple examples of the players who come and vanish or stay forced-dilatory despite brilliant performances in the domestic circuit. Ali Imran, the Islamabad-born batting all-rounder, is one of the long-list instances.
Stepping in cricket back in 2014, Ali Imran was opted for representing the home team, Islamabad, in first-class cricket. Seeing his flourishing performances with time, he was elected for List-A and T20 cricket in the next two consecutive years sequentially. Here are his statistics in white-ball cricket.
Apart from batting, Ali Imran has inspired the watchers via his terrific bowling totaling 19 wickets in 26 games of his career. Tempting the administrative bodies too often, he has a truncated career with not many plays assigned in any format.
Ali Imran’s recent job was to represent Northern second XI in PCB Cricket Associations T20s. Other than this, he has participated in a number of international T20 contests. Let’s have a quick look:
Ali Imran in the trial matches of Pakistan U-17 team for the tour to England
In August 2014, during the tournament, after procuring 418 runs with an average of 104.5 runs and clutching nine wickets in four matches, Ali Imran was shortlisted for the final 25 players list out of 53 as an all-rounder.
International Cricket Premier League (ICPL), Dubai Tour, 2016
During 2016, his team won the 5 Nation Tournament of ICPL. Following his grand bowling in the debut match against India with figures of 3 for 15 runs, he was named the man of the game. His execution in the final was also startling. It was made possible due to the professional coaching of legend test cricketers, including Imran Nazir and Rana Naveed ul Hassan.
International Cricket Premier League (ICPL), Sri Lanka Tour, 2017
The 23-year-old managed to carry a whopping 13 wickets in only five matches with 4-22 as his best against Sri Lanka in Semi-Finals. He also assisted Imran Nazir Academy in winning the second international title in the 8- nation mixed cricket tournament in Colombo. The outclass performance was acknowledged by Sanath Jayasuriya, esteemed test cricketer, who served as a brand ambassador then.
Pakistan A vs England Lions in UAE, 2018
Amidst the lopped career, Imran befell in only three one-day matches vs England Lions in UAE. He secured 66 runs in total, with 57 coming as his top score in one of the three games.
Asian Cricket Council Emerging teams Asia Cup (Sri Lanka and Pakistan), 2018
So far, he has designated Pakistan emerging team in the Asia cup. Playing 3 One-Day rivalries matches, he scored 115 runs with the highest of 107 in his debut competition at an average of 38.
Ali Imran in Pakistan Super League 2019
Following the untiring efforts, he was picked in the Emerging category of Karachi Kings for PSL 2019. What made the PSL franchise chose him in the crew? Reasonably because he was one of the preeminent youngsters from domestic cricket owing to his excellent performance in the National One Day Cup (Best All-Round Performance) held in UAE and Pakistan earlier.
Qatar T10 League (Doha, Qatar), 2019
The all-rounder has sported four ten-over matches. He could tally a total of 100 runs with a best of 53 that ironically came off 17 balls. Not only this, but he clutched eight wickets with an economy of 6 runs. For this reason, he was declared the best all-rounder and best bowler of the tournament. He also got man-of-the-match awards twice.
Marylebone Cricket Club tour of Pakistan (England team visit to Pakistan), 2020
Playing for Northern team vs Marylebone Cricket Club at Atchison College Lahore, Ali Imran scored 64 runs off 43 balls. The blooming inning included eight fours and two sixes. He also seized one wicket in 2 overs and was declared man of the match for best all-round performance.
National T20 Cup (Pakistan), 2020
The Islamabad-born all-rounder has proved to be a useful player for his team. While playing for his home team Northern, he scored 214 runs in 8 innings at an average of 26.75 and a strike rate of 135. He has scored two fifties and hit 23 fours and 10 sixes in the tournament.
Notably, these are not the only competitions Ali Imran has donned jerseys in. The elongated catalog composes the names of the US Open Cricket and relevant T20 tournament across the globe.
Despite all the thriving performances he has been rendering since 2014, Ali Imran is yet to get considered by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The young chap anticipated his maiden call up for the Kashmir Premier League (KPL 2021) but ended up in a heavy disappointment. Thoughts must have hit him up imagining himself in the ongoing National T20 Cup 2021, but they had to be drained either with another blow on the route.