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KARACHI (Web Desk) – The star spinner of Pakistani team who enthralled audience at Lords and played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s success had to strive hard to reach the pinnacle of his career.

The journey may seem an easy ride but it is a remarkable one; given that the leg-spinner had to endure separation from home and family for eight years.

The boy from Swabi had no facilities to brush up his talent and spent life like a journeyman to become what he is today. He sacrificed the luxury of being with his family in Swabi, wandering between Peshawar and Karachi.

“When I was growing up, there were no facilities for sportsmen in Swabi, so to pursue my dream of becoming a professional cricketer, I had to move to Peshawar, I had to stay away from my home and family for eight years to be close to cricket ” Yasir told The Express Tribune.

“I was applauded by everyone for my performance,” recalls Yasir. “While I was collecting my man-of-the-match award, my father burst in and slapped me in front of everyone [for missing my Asar prayers]. I dropped the trophy and tried to escape as my father chased me. Then my cousins and a few neighbours convinced him that I possessed something special and urged him to see me bowl once.” Yasir’s father got convinced and then supported the spinner to pursue his dreams.

The Lord’s hero added that he is trying not to think too far ahead in terms of the records he could break.