Meet the U19s - Adil Ghaffar
In our second 'Meet the U19s' Gary Heatly chats to bowler Adil Ghaffar.
Adil Ghaffar has been in love with cricket since he was eight - and now he cannot wait to represent Scotland under-19 at the ICC World Cup in Bangladesh.
The Scots will take on Namibia (January 29), Bangladesh (January 31) and South Africa (February 2) in the pool stages and Ghaffar, 18, believes they have the chance to cause some upsets and make others sit up and take note.
Ghaffar - who previously attended Jordanhill School, but is now on a gap year to focus on his cricket - first got involved in the sport thanks to his father.
“My dad used to play to a high standard so he took me to the local cricket club, which was Hillhead, when I was eight and I took an instant liking to it,” Ghaffar said.
“The fact that my dad had played in the past made me stick at it and he gave me lots of advice along the way and I just love playing the game.
“As things progressed, I moved from Hillhead to Clydesdale when I was 14 and recently I moved from Clydesdale to Poloc.”
Ghaffar is one of three Poloc players in the squad along with Ihtisham Malik and Owais Shah.
He continued: “I have been involved in all the Scotland age-grade teams since under-15 level, however I sadly missed the under-15 European Championships as I broke a finger a few days before the tournament was due to start.
“Looking back to last summer’s under-19 World Cup qualifiers in Jersey, well they were a great experience for everyone involved.
“To come back the way we did after a defeat to Ireland in the first game showed how determined we were to give it our all. We will take massive confidence from the qualifiers into the World Cup and have been working hard over the winter.
“Our team spirit is something that is extremely high and it played a pivotal role in the qualifiers when we all had to come together and battle hard.
“The array of different personalities seem to come together instead of clashing which is great for the team.”
Ghaffar, who is heading off to Kent University later in the year as well as taking up a scholarship at the local county cricket club, also praised the undr-19 coaches Gordon Drummond and Cedric English.
“It's great working with Drummo and Cedric as they are two men who look into the fine details of every player’s individual game,” he explained.
“The way they provide a different prospective helps me personally as I feel I'm getting double the help on my game.
“I'm very much excited to be going to the tournament and coming up against the best players of my age and competing against them in a very competitive environment.
“The chance to play for my country on a world stage is something I am very proud of.”