Omani cricket has been on an upward trajectory for the last few years and the team has been enjoying the success of its development programmes, as the team prepares hard for its appearance at the T20 WORLDCUP in Australia later this year, I caught up with one of team Oman’s star players and main bowler Bilal Khan.
Hi Bilal tell us a little about yourself?
Am Bilal Khan Opening Fast Bowler for Oman,born in a place called Nawa Kali,Peshawar Pakistan.
How did you get into cricket?
I started playing cricket on the streets of Peshawar and used to watch it a lot on TV, Than as I grew a little older I signed up to play Club Cricket, I signed up with Peshawar Gymkhana, whom I represented in my club cricket.
Who inspired you to take up cricket?
My inspiration has always been Wasim Akram, I’ve grown up watching him and trying to emulate his technique.
How long have you been in the Oman cricket team?
I’ve been with the national team for the past five years, and have been living in Oman for ten years now.
You are one of Oman cricket’s star players do you feel any pressure by that?
No i do not feel any pressure,i take each game as it comes.
Oman is a new entry in world cricket, is the cricket very competitive there?
Oh yes, the Cricket in Oman is very competitive, everyone who plays gives 110% making games very competitive.
Recently ICC awarded you with the associate performance of the year award and you also got to 50 wickets how was that feeling?
Alhamdulilah am really happy for getting that award, as I am the first player from Oman to get the award, all year long we did lots of sacrifices every day getting up early in the morning, starting our training 5:30 in the morning which was very difficult because the temperature is always 35 to 40 degrees, but it’s because of all that hard work I put in during our trainings that I achieved 50 wickets in T20i which means a lot, I would like to thank all my teammates and the support staff for enabling me to achieve this momentous feat.
Oman are in the T20 World Cup, can we expect a few upsets from Team Oman?
Inshallah, we will do our best out there and by Allah’s will, we will get results.
If given the chance to play alongside a player past or present, who would you choose?
Am a Huge fan of Pakistan team, as being born there, if given the chance I would love to play for Pakistan.
How do you define success?
For me success is hard work, I believe the harder you work the more successful you become, as they say, Hard work pays.
Thank you, Bilal, looking forward to seeing you cause some damage with your fast bowling in Australia, Good Luck.