Picture of Sarfraz Nawaz

Sarfraz Nawaz

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-ODI | -
Home country:
December 01, 1948, Lahore


Sarfaraz Nawaz’s biggest claim to fame was his invention of the reverse swing that left many a batsmen clueless on his day. For years, this reverse swing was suspected as being a direct result out of ball tampering till others realized its validity too. Nazwaz played a lot of his cricket with his mentor, Imran Khan, and bowled his heart out on lifeless Pakistani wickets, to pick up 177 wickets at 32.

However, there was a lot more to Nawaz than only his cricket. It was brash and outspoken nature of his that courted a lot of controversy for the fast bowler. This firebrand bowler was involved in the Andrew Hilditch ‘handled the ball’ incident, and then once bounced the fast bowling tail enders – Joel Garner and Jeff Thomson alike – to earn a lot of wrath. When he got his swing going, he was very lethal, once picking up seven wickets off 33 deliveries versus Australia to end with 9/86.

Post cricket, he became a commentator, and an impetuous one at that. He has been a critic of the way some of the things are run in Pakistani cricket, and it was he who first suggested that there was a match fixing link to Bob Woolmer’s death. Sarfaraz Nawaz also joined politics and was an MPA for three years.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 55 72 1045 13 17.71 - 0 4 90
ODI 45 31 221 8 9.60 64.05 0 0 34*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 55 95 13951 5798 177 9/86 / 32.75 2.49 14 4 1 0
ODI 45 45 2412 1463 63 4/27 / 23.22 3.63 4 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 26 0 0
ODI 8 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 1 0 1 0 0 0


Pakistan Vs England at National Stadium, Karachi - Mar 06, 1969
Last played:
Pakistan Vs England at Gaddafi Stadium (Lahore Stadium), Lahore - Mar 19, 1984
Pakistan Vs New Zealand at Jade Stadium (Lancaster Park), Christchurch - Feb 11, 1973
Last played:
Pakistan Vs New Zealand at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar - Nov 12, 1984