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Zia ul Haq eyeing Under 19 World Cup after significant South African tour

Karachi, Mon, 23 Apr 2012 ANI

Karachi, Apr 23(ANI): Pakistan left-arm pace bowler Zia ul Haq has said the recently concluded tour of South Africa played a significant role in his development as a cricketer, and now hopes to carry that good form though to the Under 19 World Cup in Australia in August.

"It was my first overseas tour and I really enjoyed the tour of South Africa at the start of the year and it was nice to be bowling on surfaces that offered something to the quick bowlers. I feel the tour definitely improved me as a bowler, I learnt a lot from that tour and I feel these tours are very important to young cricketers like myself," quoted Zia, as saying.

His statement came after he took five wickets at an economy rate of 3.58 and an average of 17.20 in Pakistan Under 19's three match series against South Africa.

He is now eyeing the Under 19 World Cup in Australia later this year.

The Under 19 World Cup in Australia later this year should be a great event and I'm really looking forward to it. Pakistan has a good record in such events and hopefully we can continue that good record" Zia added.

Zia ul Haq has described legendary Wasim Akram as his inspiration.

"Wasim Akram has always been my inspiration, I just loved watching him bowl. I only watched him when he was at the tail end of his illustrious career but the collection of videos and DVDs of his bowling have always been an inspiration to me. He would be the bowler that I would pretend to be when we were playing in the streets or at school. He's definitely my hero," Zia ul Haq added. (ANI)

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