Sohail Tanveer knows the "biggest party in sport" will not be the same without fans but hopes he can celebrate a Pakistan recall after starring in the Caribbean Premier League. 

It is five months since Tanveer was last in action, claiming figures of 3-26 in a Pakistan Premier League victory for Multan Sultans. 

The paceman will finally get the chance to charge in again for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots on Tuesday, when the first major global Twenty20 competition since the coronavirus pandemic ground sport to a halt gets under way. 

Tanveer has showcased his talents all over the world at international level and in franchise tournaments, thriving on the atmosphere at packed venues. 

The 35-year-old quick understands why CPL matches will be played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 crisis, but he will miss the special atmosphere in a part of the world where they certainly know how to enjoy themselves. 

He told Stats Perform News: "You definitely need spectators who applaud your good performances and that is what we are used to. 

"It will take time to get used to these new rules and lack of fans, it's going to be tough for sure. Especially in the Caribbean, because the CPL is the biggest party in sport. 

"You see people coming and cheering for both teams and whoever wins they don't care, and they will celebrate anyway. You see them drinking, dancing and enjoying themselves and that is what makes CPL a bit different than other leagues. 

"We're going to miss that, but obviously we know that cricket is the most important part and luckily we have the chance to play. 

"The first thing that came into my mind when I signed for St Kitts was 'Oh, I'm going to play cricket!’. 

"As a passionate cricketer, as a fan of cricket, it's just in our blood. I'm just so pleased we have some cricket to play. Yes, there are some hard rules, but the bottom line is we at least get to play." 

He spent a fortnight largely consigned to his hotel room in Trinidad under strict quarantine rules and has only had a short time to prepare for the CPL with his team-mates. 

Tanveer will be unleashed on the Barbados Tridents at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba on Tuesday and plans to show the Pakistan selectors he be will ready to come to the party at the ICC T20 World Cup in India next year. 

He said: "My priority will be to play for Pakistan and now we have two World Cups coming back-to-back [the second in Australia in 2022].  

"I'm looking forward to playing in those big competitions before moving on, because obviously one day you have to retire.  

"I've already been part of a team that has won a World Cup for Pakistan, so I would highly hope that I can finish on a high note.  

"The way I have been performing in domestic cricket and in the PSL, I'm bowling well and I have a chance to make it into the Pakistan team. It's down to what the selection committee and management decide obviously, but I'll be trying my best to get back into the Pakistan team." 

Sohail Tanvir's disguised pace variations and the mistiming he creates from a wrong-footed action made him a sought-after purchase around the world and his 350-plus wickets speak to his value to the teams he represents.

Playing for the Rajasthan Royals on May 4, 2011, Tanvir took a match-winning six wickets against the Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. He ended the tournament as the highest wicket-taker, with 22 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 12.09, an economy rate of 6.46 and a strike rate of 11.20, the best among bowlers with more than six wickets.

In the final of the tournament, on June 1, at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai, with Rajasthan chasing 164 to win, Tanvir added 21 runs along with Captain Shane Warne. He hit the winning runs off the final ball of the innings, to see the Royals home.

He was later presented with the "Purple Cap", an award for the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.

In February 2012, Tanvir featured in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League tournament representing Sylhet Royals. He took 13 wickets and scored 78 runs in the tournament.


Career statistics

Full name: Sohail Tanvir

Born: December 12, 1984, Rawalpindi, Punjab (35)

Major teams: Pakistan, Edmonton Royals, Federal Areas, Federal Areas Leopards, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hampshire, Karachi Kings, Khan Research Laboratories, Lions, Multan Sultans, Quetta Gladiators, Rajasthan Royals, Rawalpindi, Rawalpindi Rams, South Australia, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, St Lucia Zouks, Sylhet Royals, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Left-arm medium-fast


T20I Career

Mat        Inns        Balls       Runs      Wkts      BBI         BBM      Ave        Econ      SR       4w          5w          10w

57           57           1214      1454          54        3/12       3/12       26.92     7.18       22.4       0             0            0


T20 Career

Mat        Inns        Balls       Runs      Wkts      BBI         BBM      Ave        Econ      SR        4w          5w          10w

336          329        7085        8627       351        6/14       6/14       24.57     7.30       20.1       7             2             0


Career highlights

  • 57 T20I caps for Pakistan
  • 6th most wickets by a Pakistani in T20I (54 at 26.92)
  • 351 T20 Wickets at 24.57 (6th most all-time)

Sohail Tanveer believes England should be wary of Pakistan's "unpredictability" but says the batsmen must stand up to support a potent bowling attack in a mouth-watering three-match Test series.

Pakistan return to Test action in the bio-secure bubble at Old Trafford on Wednesday six months after they thrashed Bangladesh in their last contest in the longest format.

England last week sealed a 2-1 series victory over West Indies in the first international series since cricket ground to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Paceman Tanveer, who has played 119 white-ball matches for Pakistan and is pushing for a recall, knows Joe Root's side are favourites to secure another series win.

But with the exciting Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi charging in combined with the likes of seamer Mohammad Abbas and star spinner Yasir Shah, Tanveer says the tourists will be a big threat if the batsmen step up

He told Stats Perform News: "Pakistan has the ability to surprise, we all know that. One day they can be great and the next day not so great, but the unpredictability makes them more dangerous.

"I'm definitely not writing Pakistan off. Yes, England have played good cricket since the first Test against West Indies [which they lost in Southampton], especially in the bowling department they look strong.

"But having said that, Pakistan also has good youngsters and bowling-wise I'm not really worried. But they will need the batsmen to support the bowlers.

"If they can do that I think it will be a good competition. England has the edge because they are at home and have already played three Test matches, but Pakistan also has a chance. It's going to be a very interesting Test match series."

Naseem become the youngest bowler to take a Test hat-trick against the Tigers in February and Tanveer expects the 17-year-old to thrive in English conditions.

He added: "Naseem Shah has shown he's very good with the red ball and I think he will be more threatening with the ball swinging around in England.

"He's got pace and he can swing the ball both ways, he's young and can bowl long spells. Shaheen Afridi is now an established cricketer and his confidence is very high because he's been performing well since the World Cup.

"Naseem and Shaheen are going to be increasingly threatening bowlers in Test cricket."

Sohail Tanveer is confident he can force his way back into the Pakistan side and make a big impact at the T20 World Cup in Australia.

The left-arm paceman has not played for his country since April 2017, but remains as driven as ever to showcase his talents on the international stage.

Tanvir was the leading wicket-taker when Northern won the National T20 Cup late last year and is determined to catch Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq's eye with a fruitful Pakistan Super League campaign for Multan Sultans.

Mohammad Hafeez, 39, and Shoaib Malik, 38, have recently been recalled by Misbah and 35-year-old Tanvir believes his skill and experience can also be invaluable for Pakistan.

The quick told Omnisport: "I feel that if you don't have the inspiration to play for your country there is no point in playing cricket.

"I started playing when I was seven or eight years old with the dream of playing for my country, that gave me inspiration and I worked hard, made it and played for my country.

"I have always wanted to play well and show my worth. Unfortunately for around two and a half years or so, I didn't play for Pakistan but I'm still inspired to do that and the PSL is going to be key not only for me, but many players trying to play for Pakistan.

"The T20 team is not settled at the moment and the places are pretty much open, so I'm still fancying my chances."

Tanvir says the appointment of Misbah to replace Mickey Arthur has given him renewed hope of wearing the famous green shirt once again.

He added "The mindset is different, Mickey came with a different mindset and approach, he was just giving chances to youngsters.

"On his behalf fair enough, I won't argue about it but Misbah has a different mindset. We have seen more experienced players such as Shoaib Malik and Hafeez coming back into the team, that means age is not an issue and anybody can get a chance.

"That is how it should be, if someone is doing well. You want to win games for your country, it doesn't matter if you are 35 years old or 20 years old, the motivation is to win the game.

"If someone comes into the game with a lot of experience and still wins you games, that is a plus-plus for you instead of youngsters coming in with no experience.

"We all know the pressure of playing T20 cricket, things change very quickly and you have to make instant decisions. Having that experience gives you more confidence in yourself.

"I've not been playing international cricket, but I've been playing in high-quality leagues very close to the level of international cricket. I believe I can serve my country well again.

"The T20 World Cup is in sight this year and there is one next year as well, so I'm fancying my chances.

"I'm right on top of my game, fitness-wise and performance-wise I'm pretty much there, PSL is the key now.

"I had a conversation with Misbah and he was pretty much clear, as other key people have said, we will be looking at PSL, then check on fitness and performance."

Sohail Tanveer hailed "very special" pace sensation Naseem Shah after the 16-year-old took a record-breaking hat-trick in Pakistan's Test victory over Bangladesh.

Naseem made history in Rawalpindi on Sunday, becoming the youngest bowler to take three wickets in as many balls in the longest format.

The paceman, who turns 17 on Saturday, has shown enormous potential since becoming the ninth-youngest Test player when he made his debut against Australia in the cauldron of the Gabba last November.

Tanveer, who harbours hopes of making a Pakistan comeback, has seen Naseem's ability at close quarters while training with Pakistan Super League side Quetta Gladiators and believes Pakistan have unearthed a gem.

The quick told Omnisport: "Unfortunately Naseem was injured for the PSL last year, but when I first saw him in the nets I thought this kid has serious talent, I've never seen someone of that age bowl so fast and he can bowl with control as well.

"He has incredible ability and is a really exciting talent. To play Test cricket at that age and make the step up like he has is amazing. He is very special.

"He's a quiet guy, he doesn't say a lot, but he knows if he needs to ask any of the senior players for advice then we are there for that."

Tanveer is optimistic Pakistan can be a force in all formats with a combination of youth and experience.

"We have seen youngsters coming in and developing, such as Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah," the leading wicket-taker in the 2019 National T20 Cup said.

"We are seeing some serious talent and the day will come where you have the right combination.

"We have Babar Azam and we hope to see more young batting talent come through, then we have [Mohammad] Hafeez and [Shoaib] Malik now to offer a mixture of youth and experience. I'm hopeful Pakistan cricket is in good hands and I really hope things will keep getting better."

Naseem was cleared of serious injury after complaining of a rib problem on day three of a crushing innings-and-44-run victory over the Tigers.

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