Hassan Khan, the son of prominent all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, recalled the time he developed a liking for the game of cricket seeing his father perform on TV for Afghanistan.
Khan’s name is already doing the rounds within Afghanistan cricket fraternity as his ball-striking ability reminds people of his father.
Learning his trade at the Sharjah Academy in UAE, 16-year-old Hassan Khan impressed with his first real gig at men’s cricket when he played an innings of 71 off just 30 balls, including 7 sixes, for Bukhatir XI.
During a conversation, Hassan spoke about how much of an influence Mohammad Nabi has been on his cricketing career. Hassan Khan said he wishes to follow his father’s footsteps and play for Afghanistan in the future.
“My first memories of cricket are of watching my dad playing on the TV. It makes me feel proud, seeing him and knowing what he has done in cricket, and knowing that my father is a very well-known person in international circles,” said Hassan Khan according to The New Nationals.
“I don’t feel pressure because of it. I want to follow in his footsteps and play for Afghanistan,” he added.
“I listen to what my dad says first”: Hassan Khan
Even though he is currently training at the Sharjah Academy, Hassan Khan said his best coach is senior Nabi and he doesn’t follow any advice given to him before consulting it with his father.
“I listen to what my dad says first. If another coach gives me some advice, I always verify it with him. I share the advice with him and if he says it is a good thing to do, that’s what I’ll do,” he said.
In the Middle East, Hassan Khan is developing his skills under the supervision of some of the best coaches and experienced heads, including UAE all-rounder Kashif Daud. Daud is really impressed with Hassan and believes he has a bright future ahead of him.
“I think he (Hassan Khan) is highly talented. He is blessed with a naturally strong physique. He is a natural athlete with good agility when he is fielding. He is quick on his feet and it is the same with his batting,” he said.
“I feel like he has a great future ahead of him, if he remains focused. I wish him good luck, and pray that the bright future is coming for him,” Daud added.