Azam ready for RHC debut
David Kelso (CricketMedia Scotland)
NEW RHC Lions pro Hammed Azam will be battling against the elements as well as Aberdeenshire today when he makes his debut for RHC Lions at Mannofield.
Azam has been sweating in temperature approaching 40 degrees in his native Pakistan.
By stark contrast, the mercury will do well to nudge the double-figure mark in the Granite City this afternoon.
RHC star Majid Haq said: “We are looking forward to seeing Hammed in action - along with our overseas amateur Jake Wood.
“Hammed is a genuine all-rounder - a very similar type of player to my former Saltires colleague Jon Kent.”
Spinner and batsman Wood has arrived from Queensland, where he plays for Toombul in the First Grade.
His father also has experience of playing in the capital having been attached to Royal High in the early 1990s.
Elsewhere in Edinburgh, champions Heriot’s entertain Carlton, who will be without chief run-maker Rory McCann, while Grange welcome Watsonians.
The Tayside and Fife sides are determined to make amends for the woes of last weekend.
Two of the teams who plunged to defeat face each other at Lochlands - Arbroath and Glenrothes, while Forfarshire head across the bridges to face Stew-Mel at Inverleith.
Arbroath are boosted by the return of skipper Marc Petrie and his deputy Ross McLean.
The former said: “I felt we have been short in the seam bowling department, so we have brought in Shaun Christie.
“He has been a very consistent performer in our second team over the past couple of seasons and more than deserves his shot in the first team.
“Last week’s performance up at Aberdeen was disappointing.
“Our fielding and bowling was below par, so we’ve worked hard on tat training.
“Glens are a club improving year after year and they will be keen to get their season going, so we must be on top of our game.
“Saffyan Sharif has been in great form over the winter for Scotland but they have more match winners than just him.”
Captain Sharif is buoyed by having Yasir Arfat and Robert Hutchison back in action, while new recruit Farzan Hafeez makes his debut.
“We must quickly learn from the mistakes we made last week.”