Perth Scorchers spinner Usman Qadir, the son of former Pakistan great Abdul Qadir, is in hot water with Western Australian cricket after being booked for speeding.
The leggie has been advised he will have to front court after allegedly driving 50km/h over the speed limit in East Perth. It’s believed he was clocked at about 100 km/h in a 50km/h zone.
Qadir was dropped for the Scorchers’ game against the Melbourne Stars on Sunday but it’s believed his demotion was on form and not for disciplinary reasons.
“We are extremely disappointed that this has occurred,” WACA chief executive Christina Matthews said.
“The WACA takes road safety very seriously and we understand that speeding is a key contributor to accidents on our roads.
“We expect all our players and staff to drive responsibly and our players know their behaviour has an impact on the community as role models.”
Qadir moved to Australia in 2016 and played in Sydney’s grade cricket competition last summer. He made his debut in Australian domestic cricket this season for Western Australia in the JLT Cup, capturing three wickets in a win over Victoria.
Qadir’s father, Abdul, is one of Pakistan’s greatest bowlers, capturing 236 Test wickets with his leg-spin to be fifth in his country’s wicket-takers’ list.
The 25-year-old, however, wants to represent Australia and has aspirations to play in the Twenty20 World Cup in 2020.
He played in the Prime Minister’s XI game earlier this season in a sign he is at least on the radar of national selectors.
“No more Pakistan. I want to play for Australia definitely, 100 per cent. Because I did not get any chances in Pakistan,” Qadir said in September.
“There is politics. I did not get any chances [in Pakistan].
“Hopefully I will perform well in Australia and grab the chance to play.
“Hopefully I will get citizenship in two years’ time. My goal is to play for Australia at the 2020 World T20.”