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Amin hopeful of bright start with Sachin's bat

Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010, 17:17 [IST]
 
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Amin to debut with Sachin's bat

Pakistan rookie batsmen Umar Amin is hopeful of making a successful debut for his country in the Asia Cup by using a bat which belongs to Sachin Tendulkar.

The bat was gifted to the 20-year-old from Rawalpindi by his senior fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar for his commendable performance in the domestic league last year.

"I got the bat for scoring a match winning innings in a domestic game and I still have it with me it is a treasured possession for me. I intend to make my debut for Pakistan with that bat," Amin, who plays for Rawalpindi, said.

He recently scored a hundred against the England Lions team in the UAE. He was rewarded for his impact on the domestic season with a call-up to Pakistan's 15-man squad for the first ODI against Sri Lanka on January 21 in Karachi.

Amin said being selected for Pakistan senior team was a dream come true and he was keen to make the most of this opportunity.

"It was a great occasion for me, my family and my friends when we learnt about my selection. But now the real test is to make my presence felt if I get a chance to play in the tournament," he said.

Amin, who averages over 42 in first class cricket, was playing a T20 club match in his hometown of Rawalpindi when he heard of his selection in the squad.

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