- D.O.B.: 29/04/1998
- Player Type: Bowling All-Rounder (Seam)
- Placed: Dorridge CC
- Nationality: South African
- Playing Role: Right-handed Middle Order Batsman and Right-arm Medium/Fast
- Coaching qualifications: ECB Level 2
- Current teams: Kwa-Zulu Natal (RSA Provincial), Dolphins (SA Franchise), Delta CC (KZN Premier League)
- Entry route: International Sportspersons Visa
- Available: April to September
Zakariya Paruk is an incredibly talented young seam-bowling all-rounder from Durban, South Africa. A right-arm medium/fast seamer that bowls with lively pace, without being express, but with exceptional control and a wicked yorker. A right-handed middle order/lower order batsman, he puts a high price on his wicket and has a genuine array of strokes, playing all around the wicket and has shown enough to convince us he looks to be a certain to develop into a Franchise level all-rounder.
Earmarked at an early age as a player of promise, Zak has repressented his native Kwa-Zulu Natal at every possible level, first appearing at U13 level and being a regular selection through U15, U17, U19, Franchise Cubs, Senior Provincial as well as a a couple of appearances for the Dolphins Franchise side. His economical seam up bowling has proved particularly effective in red-ball cricket, having collected 51 wickets @ 19.41 in 21 games at an exceptional strike rate of a wicket every 6.2 overs at the time of writing. His all-round contributions have continued to improve, with his batting becoming more resolute and his contributions more frequent.
With one season of previous experience in the UK in 2019, Zak joined Frenford CC in the Essex League. 462 runs @ 35.54 and 30 wickets @ 23.97 saw him provide an excellent all-round contribution in his first stint in England and he will be better positioned to make an even greater impact in the future.
An ECB Level 2 coach, genuinely nice guy and a fine young talent, Zak will be an outstanding pick up for any club seeking a genuine seam-bowling all-rounder for next summer.
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