Ireland’s Under-19 cricketers begin their World Cup campaign in Guyana next Saturday with the lofty ambition of becoming one of two qualifiers from a group containing India and South Africa. They can derive inspiration from Muzamil Sherzad. His story proves that just about anything is possible.
“Muzi”, now 19, first appeared on Cricket Ireland’s radar when he invited himself along to a talent-spotting camp in Balrothery, north County Dublin, just over two years ago. But the story really begins three years earlier, when a 14-year-old boy is smuggled across the Afghan border with Pakistan in the middle of the night. It’s a story that will stretch the credulity of Muzi’s team-mates.
If they are a little vague about how he came to be in their