In the electrifying atmosphere of the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL) season 9, one name has emerged as a standout performer – Usman Khan.

The Multan Sultans’ batter has set the tournament ablaze with his sensational form, notching up two centuries and garnering attention from cricket enthusiasts across Pakistan.

However, amidst the fervour surrounding his stellar performances, a cloud of uncertainty looms over Usman’s future in international cricket.

Despite calls from fans for his inclusion in Pakistan’s T20 squad, reports suggest that national selectors are hesitant to consider him, citing his recent move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Born in Karachi in May 1995, Usman Khan’s cricketing journey took an unexpected turn when financial constraints led him to relocate to the UAE.

In the Emirates, he showcased his talent, excelling as a wicketkeeper-batsman and establishing himself as a top performer in domestic cricket.

While Usman’s prowess on the field is undeniable, his eligibility to represent Pakistan has sparked debate. Although he fulfils the criteria outlined in the International Cricket Council’s Player Eligibility Regulations, his status as a foreign player in the PSL has raised questions about his inclusion in the national team.

Usman’s case presents a unique conundrum, with the cricketer torn between two allegiances. On one hand, he has the opportunity to represent his birth country, Pakistan, where he honed his skills and began his cricketing journey.

On the other hand, he owes a debt of gratitude to the UAE, which provided him with opportunities and support during his time of need.

Usman Khan has applied to be eligible for UAE’s cricket team, but if he decides to represent Pakistan, he needs to give up the opportunity to play for his second home.

The right-handed batter has scored 337 runs in five matches during the ongoing PSL 9, including two centuries. He is only the second batter after Kamran Akmal to score three PSL centuries.

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