Karim Janat has scored 127 runs in six matches at 31/75 striking the ball at 117.59 while he has so far picked up nine wickets at an average of 15.44.
Karim Janat has scored 127 runs in six matches at 31.75 striking the ball at 117.59 while he has so far picked up nine wickets at an average of 15.44.

T20 freelancer Brendon McCullum has not been able to set the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League on fire, but reckons there is enough talent on show in the APL, who will certainly make it big in the years to come.

One such player that has caught the former New Zealand international’s eye is 20-year-old allrounder Karim Janat.

“Young (Karim) Janat, his performance in this tournament has really caught my eye,” said McCullum, adding, “I think he’s a superstar in the making as well. Obviously there’s a lot of other very good players out there.”

Janat, McCullum’s teammate at Kandahar Knights and younger brother of Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan, has scored 127 runs in six matches at 31.75 striking the ball at 117.59 while he has so far picked up nine wickets at an average of 15.44.

McCullum though has managed only 100 runs in six matches and his lack of runs at the top has also reflected in the team’s fortunes. Kandahar, after six matches, are languishing at the bottom of the table and face the prospect of winning their remaining two games to make it to the semi-finals of the five-team tournament.

“We haven’t won as many games as we’d have liked but we still have a chance in this tournament. If you qualify for the semi-finals, you’re only two wins away from winning it. We still firmly believe we can do that.”

Kandahar Knights are in competition with Nangarhar Leopards, who are also vying for victories in their remaining games. “If we win our two games, our run-rate is pretty good. Even if Nangarhar go on to win their games, they’d have to win it handsomely if we were to win our two because our run-rate is pretty solid. We know we are in the tournament,” McCullum explained.

McCullum said that belief is the key if Kandahar Knights are to pip the Nangarhar Leopards in the race. He said, “We just have to keep believing. We know that we have a good squad and if certain players can stand up at certain times in the last couple of games, we will give ourselves a chance.”