Saad Bin Zafar is the Canadian National Cricket Player, who made his debut on 4 July 2008 against Bermuda. Saad's impressive performance in the domestic league with Overseas Cricket Club, Popeyes Cricket Club and Gladiators earned him the National Cap. His Cricket Coach Mr. Aslam Rasheed & Club team Captain Rizwan Cheema has been the driving force throughout his cricketing career. Saad is well focussed and is keen to work on his cricket strengths in all the 3 departments. His recent achievement where he scored a mammoth 262 not out in a 50 over game in Scarborough Cricket League Premier Division in August 2015 is just an outcome of his flow in the game. Global Cricket Community would like to wish you and the entire Cricket Canada a healthy career ahead.
1. Tell us about you?
Full Name: Saad Bin Zafar
Date of Birth: 10th November 1986
Playing Role: Bowling All-Rounder
Batting Style: Left Hand
Bowling Style: Left Arm Orthodox Spinner
2. At what age did you start playing Cricket and whom did you consider as a role model? Are you currently playing Cricket?
When I was around 10, I started playing tape ball cricket with friends on the streets. Later at the age of 14 my school sports teacher spotted me and introduced me to Leather ball cricket by selecting me for junior school cricket team.
Since I was a left arm fast bowler at the early stage of my career, I had Wasim Akram as my role model. I used to copy his action.
Yes I am currently playing cricket. I am current member of Canadian National Cricket Squad
3. Which Club / Team did you play for in the initial years? Name your mentor / coach whom you would like to dedicate your entire success.
In 2004, I started playing club cricket for Overseas Cricket club in Premier Division. I have been very fortunate to have great mentors through out my cricketing career, but if I were to pick one or two, it would be my School Cricket Coach Mr. Aslam Rasheed, and my Club team Captain Rizwan Cheema. Both have played a major role in my development as a cricketer.
4. What do you enjoy the most on the field? Is it lofting the ball over boundaries, or breaking stumps or fielding?
Even though I am a bowling all rounder, I enjoy batting more than bowling.
5. Where do you and your team see yourself in coming 5 years? Where do you want to focus in order to improve your cricket?
In the coming 5 years I would like to continue playing competitive cricket and representing Canada.
Improvement is a slow process and it requires hard work and dedication. I want to focus on all 3 departments of the game (Bowling, Batting, Fielding) and improve gradually on a daily basis.
7. Any recent achievements/activities that you had. (It could be organizing a small camp, or just playing a match or organizing a cricket camp or playing a tournament series) Do mention the date.
I scored 262 not out in a 50 over game in Scarborough Cricket League Premier Division in August 2015.
8. Would you like to come to India for a tournament or a coaching camp?
Yes, I would love to come to India.
Or do you want to travel any other country (if Yes, please mention the name)?
I would also like to travel to Australia and Caribbean for playing cricket.
9. What are the challenges you are facing in your country's cricket? If any, how do you feel to overcome those challenges?
Lack of funds and harsh weather are the two main challenges our country face. Canada has a lot of potential and talent but they do not get groomed to their full potential, as cricket cannot be chosen as a full time profession. Players need to be contracted on full time basis so they can focus only on cricket and can compete on the international stage.
10. One thing that you instantly need that would boost the involvement of people in your country's cricket?
Since cricket is not a very popular sport in this part of the world, it requires the help of mainstream media to promote and market the sports to general public. I think if our local league games and tournaments in which Canada participates are televised it will raise awareness as well as public interest.
11. Name any 3 active Cricket Clubs from your locality, Country.
Toronto Cricket Club
Ontario Cricket Academy
12. What would be that one goal of your life to achieve as a Cricketer?
My goal is to qualify and represent Canada in a World cup.