North East Premier League outfit Castle Eden has secured the services of Pakistani run machine, Muhammad Saad, for their 2020 season.
Saad is an accomplished batting all-rounder playing for the star-studded Central Punjab side in Pakistan. Saad is a prolific top-order batsman who bowls genuine pace, playing alongside International stars Babar Azam, Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Aizaz Cheema and the Akmal brothers, Kamran and Umar, to name but a few.
Saad’s domestic journey
Since his first-class debut in January 2009, Saad has played well over 100 domestic matches scored in excess of 5,000 runs averaging mid-30s with 11 centuries across the three formats. Whilst known for his batting, he’s a genuine paceman with 19 first-class wickets at 30.47.
The run machine has been on fire in domestic cricket over the past two seasons, culminating with inclusion in the Pakistan Training camp and selection for Pakistan A.
In 2017/18, Saad finished fifth on the National One Day Cup run-charts (464 runs at 77.33) behind Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor, Abid Ali and Iftikhar Ahmad. He has also scored 650 runs at 38.23, with another 3 tons, in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy for WAPDA. Saad then backed up with a further 352 runs at 58.66 in List A cricket in 2018/19 and earned selection for Pakistan’s tour to the UAE. He impressed in December 2018, hitting 285 runs at 71.25 with a century (117) and fifty against the England Lions.
UK league dominance
Saad has proved his genuine all-round ability abroad too, in 6 prior stints, namely, two seasons apiece with North Yorkshire and South Durham Premier League sides Redcar Cricket Club (2013-14) and Darlington Cricket Club (2016-17), before a brief spell with Bolton League club Bradshaw (2018) and Scottish club RH Corstorphine for their 2019 Eastern Premiership campaign.
He has starred, hitting over 4,500 runs at above 30 alongside 140 plus wickets at 20. In 2017, he was exceptional with the ball taking 28 league wickets at 12.11, before his 11 game stint with Bradshaw resulted in 575 runs at 57.50 and 23 wickets at 17.61.
The Pakistani all-rounder is now set to return to Durham for 2020 having recently signed with Castle Eden for their North East Premier League season. Saad is a proven performer, both home and abroad, plus such a nice bloke to boot. With all these traits, he will be one to watch next summer.