Question: What’s more dangerous than a fast bowler who can bowl 145kph?
Answer: A fast bowler who can bowl 145kph with both arms!
Ambidextrous Pakistani Yasir Jan was discovered during Lahore Qalandar’s ‘Jazz Rising Stars’ trials in Rawlpindi recently, catching the eye of onlooking scouts including former Pakistan paceman Aaqib Javed.
Javed said the raw Yasir could be a "very good" bowler within a year. He is reportedly faster with his right arm but generates more bounce with his left.
"This is the first time I have seen a bowler who can bowl fast with both arms," Javed told Geo News.
Yasir, originally from Charsadda, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, currently resides in Islamabad, and says he has been bowling with both arms since childhood.
"I have practised bowling with both left and right arm all my life, I try to imitate every bowler I see," Yasir told Geo News.
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Yasir could be headed to Australia should he miss out on being selected by Lahore.
Following the ‘Jazz Rising Stars’ trials, which visited eight Pakistan cities, a tournament will be held between the 30 players selected from the trials.
The top two performers (one batsman and one bowler) will get the chance to play for Lahore in the Pakistan Super League, while the unlucky players will travel to Australia to train with KFC Big Bash League champions Sydney Thunder.
The prospect of facing a bowler who is equally potent with each arm is the stuff of batsman’s nightmares, but fortunately the Laws of Cricket do not allow a bowler to change delivery arm without informing the umpire, and therefore the batsman, beforehand.
Former England captain Graeme Gooch had the ability to bowl with both arms, although his gentle medium pacers were nowhere near the speeds Yasir can produce.