Our top CricX XI seeking UK clubs - 16/02/18

Saeed bin Nasir

A few days ago, we announced our CricX XI from players already signed with clubs for 2018.

Due to demand, we've now announced another XI, based on CricX clients currently available and seeking clubs in the UK and Europe this summer.

Some difficult selections, but, we've come up with a cracking side which can be seen below. Let us know your thoughts!



Jiwanjot Singh

A record-breaking opening batsman who skippers Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. He's churned out 3,886 runs at 39.25 in 63 first-class games with 9 centuries. Singh has converted 3 tons into doubles, becoming the third player in the State to do so. This summer he has scored 480 runs at 60, with his career-best 238. Jiwanjot will be the glue in what is an explosive batting line-up, flooded with X-Factor.


Cephas Zhuwao

"Big Bully" has lived up to his big hitting reputation this summer. After belting his maiden first-class hundred, a quite spectacular 265, he went on to win the Man of the Series award for Zimbabwe A in their 5-match series against Kenya, which featured an incredible 52-ball 131 with 13 sixes (S/R 252). This summer's Logan Cup top run scorer (664 runs at 55.33) is seeking a return in 2018, following 4 prior stints hitting 3,575 runs at 48.97 (8 hundreds and 205 sixes) alongside 103 wickets at 21.35 with his left-arm spin.


Nick Kelly

Another explosive left-hander, who has set New Zealand's Ford Trophy alight for a second season on the bounce. After 343 runs at 49 in 2016/17, the run machine was instrumental in the Knight's victorious campaign, finishing fourth on the Ford Trophy run charts with 310 runs at 44.28, including his second List A ton, a brilliant 106 from 92 balls, including 7 sixes. Kelly is seeking his third UK stint, after two dominant seasons for Downham Town in Norfolk (2015-16) hitting 2,134 runs at 62.76 in addition to 73 wickets at 20.21 with his LA tweakers.


Saeed Bin Nasir (c)

The experienced campaigner and long-serving CricX client will skipper this exciting side. He is, without doubt, one of the best overseas batting pro's to grace league cricket. Over 13 seasons for his two clubs (Pilsey and Marske), he's churned out 14,842 runs at 88.35 with 63 fifties and 66 hundreds. When you factor in 10,519 runs at 39.39 and 3,948 runs at 43.38 in 181 first-class and 112 List-A matches respectively, it's a travesty international selection alluded him. Nevertheless, his absence has been UK league cricket's gain and the Pakistani legend is now seeking a return once again in 2018.


Muhammad Saad

The Lahore Blues run machine has been on fire in domestic cricket this summer, finishing fifth on the National One Day Cup run-charts (464 runs at 77.33) in addition to 650 runs at 38.23 (4 x 100s) for WAPDA in Pakistan's Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He has also starred in 4 prior UK stints, namely two seasons apiece with NYSD sides Redcar (2013-14) and Darlington (2016-17). His numbers are impressive - 3,548 runs at 29.42 and 98 wickets at 22.79 (28 wickets at 12.11 last summer). The Pakistani all-rounder is seeking yet another stint in 2018.


Manoj Sarathchandra (wk)

The Sri Lanka A star is quite simply, a run-scoring machine, who sits amongst the leading five run-scorers in Sri Lanka's Premier (Tier A) first-class competition this season. Courtesy of 3 hundreds, Sarathchandra has scored 629 runs at 57.18 already this summer. The gloveman has been a consistent performer in Sri Lanka's Premier Tournament since his debut for Kurunegala Youth, averaging 35.71 (2012/13), 38.60 (2013/14), 35.11 (2014/15), 35.00 (2015/16) and 31.86 (2016/17) respectively. However, he's enjoyed an absolutely barnstorming 2017/18 summer to date, hitting 3 of his 5 domestic tons. The talented Sri Lankan will don the gloves and bat 6 in this CricX XI.


Tim Johnston

The former New Zealand Under-19 tweaker grabs the sides off-spinning role and will slot in at 7. Whilst he's played a steady hand for Canterbury in Plunket Shield cricket, he has been a revelation in white ball, particularly in the Ford Trophy. In the past two editions, he has been one of the leading spinners, both in-terms of wickets and economy rate (4.75 and 4.73 respectively). He can lay claim to all-rounder status, hitting 852 runs at 22.42 in first-class, with these figures on the rise. The All-Rounder is seeking a UK return in 2018, after being on the MCC YC books several years ago.


Enamul Haque jnr

The left-arm spin bowling slot was fiercely contested, but we've gone with this Bangladeshi legend. The record-breaking tweaker holds the record for the most first-class wickets in the country's history. He has 440 wickets at 29.62, with an incredible 32 five wicket bags and six 10-wicket match hauls (including 5-96 and 5-63 v Dhaka Metro) for his beloved Sylhet Division this summer. The former 15-Test tweaker is eager to return to Northern shores after 3 stints between 2011 and 2014.


Tabish Khan

The Karachi KING is the first of three Pakistani quicks that will lead this attack. King Khan boasts an impressive first-class record comprising 515 first-class wickets averaging a tick over 23.33. Quite remarkably, since the 2011/12 season, Khan has taken 324 wickets at 20.31, including season highlights in 2014/15 (42 wickets at 19.71) and 2016/17 (62 wickets at 13.54. He has taken 33 of his 34 five-wicket hauls since the 2009/10 season - 10 over the past two seasons. The Karachi express is seeking a return to Northern shores next summer following stints with Fox Lodge (2014) and a Premiership-winning season with Kent League club Beckenham last summer.


Sadaf Hussain

The third of the Pakistani pace trio and someone we hold in high regard. The towering left-arm quick's domestic record suggests he should be playing International cricket. In 75 first-class matches, Hussain boasts 358 wickets at 18.37 with 24 five wicket bags and 5 ten wicket match hauls. In 56 List-A matches, he's taken 122 wickets at 19.38 with a further 3 five wicket hauls. This summer, he has dominated both formats, topping the One Day Cup Departments Competition wicket charts and finishing the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with 47 wickets at 15.02. The Pakistani sensation has also dominated UK league cricket over the past 3 seasons, taking 119 wickets at 11.15 with 19 five wicket hauls. How he hasn't been picked up yet is beyond us here at CricX HQ, as quite simply, Sadaf is a class act.


Aizaz Cheema

After the season he's had, the former Pakistani Test quick was an automatic selection. The Lahore Blues star topped the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy wicket charts with a record-breaking 60 wickets at 9.61 with a handful of 5-wicket bags and three 10 wicket match hauls. At 38, Cheema boasts one of the best bowling records on Pakistan's domestic circuit. In 291 matches, across the three formats, he has captured 736 wickets at 21.69 with 33 5-wicket bags and eleven 10-wicket match hauls. His first-class and T20 numbers are particularly impressive - 497 wickets at 20.45 and 115 wickets at 20.01 respectively. He has also excelled in the Devon (Cornwood) and Home Counties Premier (Banbury) League's and is set on a UK return in 2018.


Some fantastic players and all available for UK or European clubs in 2018. 


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