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Introducing the 2019 GMs: Owais Ansari (Mughals) & Shamil Khadaroo (Sultans)

Written by: Zahid Merchant and Hashim Ghazi
 
Last but not least, our final new GM taking over the Mughals is Owais Ansari. Owais had a fantastic rookie campaign and quickly built a rapport with most of the league. Not shy or bashful, Owais is full of confidence which should make up for any inexperience. He takes over the most successful franchise so he will have some big shoes to fill. His counterpart, Shamil Khadaroo is returning to defend his crown. Sham led the Sultans to the ultimate prize last season and already has a gameplan to repeat. No team has ever repeated in BSL and the added parity between the GMs should make it all that much more difficult.   
 
Owais Ansari                    
 
Career Numbers: 15 games, 28 hits, 5 doubles, 9 homeruns, 31 RBIs, 0.491 Avg 
Accolades: All-star, Rookie of the year
 
  1. Past teams: Ottomans, Mughals
  2. Nicknames: Papi, The Great One, Speedy Sanchez
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the Leage?: 2018 - 0.500 AVG, 1.580 OPS, 28 H, 5 2B, 9 HR, 31 RBI
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Communication
  5. Which is the most important in your teams style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Shortstop, because at the end of the day, it's a hitter's game.  Some pitchers are more consistent adn tougher than others, but the ball is big and any pitcher can be hit.  Shortstop is the main position in terms of where the ball gets hit.  A lot of guys are pull, so it's either going to short or third, and if it passes the infield the shortstop is the primary cut-off.  They are also integral for double plays which can change the outlook of an entire inning
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: Character no doubt, which means the want to win, improve and perform every week with swag and love
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: I have many and cannot choose on in particular, but to name a few: Taha Iqbal, Zahid Merchant, Furhan Azmat, Imran Qureshi and Zia Ali
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: Mohsin Zubair
  9. Any pre-game or in-game superstitions?: Pregame, I need to run around the field alone, stretch and begin a toss around, start a cheer and them jump like Ronaldo after running down the third base line.  During games, I like to hit my glove three times, and turn around after every pitch.  I talk a lot too
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  Win x 2 baby (whatever is made at home)
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  Miken 28 oz end-loaded
  12. What is the one rule change you would make to the League - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...let's find out after we win insha'Allah ;) 

Shamil Khadaroo                           

Career Numbers: 38 games, 60 hits, 12 doubles, 13 homeruns, 58 RBIs 0.504 Avg 
Accolades: All-star, Championship
 
  1. Past teams: Sultans
  2. Nicknames: Sham, Sham slam, Shampion
  3. In your opinion, what was your best season in the Leage?: 2018 (8 GP) - 0.640 AVG, 1.627 OPS, 16 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 2 BB
  4. What is the quality you think is most important in a GM?:  Flexibility, in that the GM has the ability to adjust to the ups-and-downs during the season, and being open to suggestions during discussions with the leaders of the team
  5. Which is the most important in your teams style of play - pitcher, third base, shortstop or centre field?: Shortstop, because the majority of balls are hit there
  6. What is the one quality you look for first and foremost in a teammate in BSL?: Positive attitude and strong work ethic
  7. Who is the most favourite teammate you have played with in BSL?: Shahzad Ahmed because he is all about the team even though he himself is a great talent and deserves all the recognition he garners
  8. Who is the most underrated teammate you have played with in BSL?: Faisal Khan because he is a true glue guy that goes to the unsung heroes and motivates and encourages them.  He also holds people in check to make sure the everyone is all about the team's success
  9. Any pre-game or in-game superstitions?: Dua asking Allah (swt) to help me perform well
  10. What is your post game go-to meal?:  Whatever my wife makes
  11. What is your softball bat of choice?:  Anything Miken half-ounce end loaded
  12. What is the one rule change you would make to the League - move the bases an extra five feet apart; move the pitching mind an extra 10 feet back; find a new field that has a home run fence that is 25 feet further out all around; or have a maximum of three outfield?:  Make the bases an extra five feet apart
  13. Finish this sentence: When my team wins the championship, my team will celebrate by...going to eat and smoking some shisha