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Ahmed Shehzad

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Leg break
Played for:
Pakistan, Habib Bank Limited, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Shalimar, Pakistan A, Pakistan Inv XI, Punjab (P), Pakistan Under-19, Barisal Burners, Nagenahira Nagas, Jamaica Tallawahs
Roles played:
Batsman
ICC Rank:
Batting:
68
Bowling:
0
Batting:
17
Bowling:
0
Batting:
8
Bowling:
0
Home country:
Pakistan
Born:
November 23, 1991, Lahore, Punjab

Profile

Ahmed Shehzad is a captivating opener who is touted as one of the brightest gems to emerge from Pakistan cricket.

The right-handed batsman, who took to the game aged just seven, has over the years been a prolific scorer for Pakistan's Under-19s and Youth sides. Just 16, he made his domestic debut for Habib Bank Limited and the first signs of his enormous talent were evident when with a fine 167, he helped Pakistan Under-19 chase down a stiff target of 342 set by England in a Youth Test. Back home, he went to score 315 runs in a 5-0 mauling of Australia Under-19s in a Youth ODI series and a whirlwind 92 of just 49 balls for the Lahore Eagles in domestic game gave further proof of his talent. Following a successful 2008 Under-19 World Cup campaign, he made it to Pakistan's Test squad for the 2009 home series against Sri Lanka.

Ahmed coincidentally made his ODI and T20I debut against Australia in 2009 but failure to come up with substantial scores resulted in his axing after playing just four ODIs. However he was recalled to the side in late 2010 for a tour to New Zealand. He sparkled with good performances in T20Is and ODIs too. He scored his maiden T20I fifty at Christchurch and then went on to score his maiden ODI ton at Hamilton which sealed his place in the World Cup 2011 squad. Shehzad featured in five games that Pakistan played in the World Cup but couldn't cross even 15 in any of them.

He was dropped from the Pakistan squad in 2011 and made his comeback more than two years later in 2013. A fruitful period soon followed as he grew in confidence and stature and a pile of handy scores stood out to prove his matured second-coming. The South African tour proved to be a watershed moment in his career. A brilliant century in Port Elizabeth helped Pakistan become the first Asian team to win a bi-lateral ODI series in South Africa. A decent ODI series against the Proteas in the UAE and South Africa and then against Sri Lanka in the UAE paved the way for for a much awaited Test debut against Sri Lanka. He didn't disappoint as he hit a confident fifty in the second innings in Abu Dhabi and sent out a message that he can adapt quickly to any format of the game.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 3 6 273 0 45.5 52.39 1 1 147
ODI 45 45 1514 1 34.40 71.55 5 6 124
T20 26 26 666 2 27.75 122.42 1 3 111*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
ODI 45 2 15 20 0 0/4 / - 8 0 0 0 1
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 2 0 0
ODI 17 0 3
T20 8 0 1

Career

Span:
Test:
2013-2014
 
ODI:
2009-2014
 
T20:
2009-2014
Test
Debut:
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Dec 31, 2013
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Jan 16, 2014
ODI
Debut:
Pakistan Vs Australia at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, Dubai - Apr 24, 2009
Last played:
Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Mar 08, 2014
T20
Debut:
Pakistan Vs Australia at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, Dubai - May 07, 2009
Last played:
Pakistan Vs West Indies at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 01, 2014
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