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Ahmed Shehzad

Ahmed Shehzad
Shehzad in 2020
Personal information
Born (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 32)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
BattingRight-handed
BowlingLegbreak
RoleOpening batter
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 216)31 December 2013 v Sri Lanka
Last Test4 May 2017 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 172)24 April 2009 v Australia
Last ODI16 October 2017 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no.19
T20I debut (cap 26)7 May 2009 v Australia
Last T20I7 October 2019 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no.19 (previously 93)
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2007–presentHabib Bank Limited
2012Barisal Burners
2012Nagenahira Nagas
2008–2015Lahore Lions
2013Pakistan A cricket team
2013–2014Jamaica Tallawahs
2015Comilla Victorians
2016–2017, 2019–presentQuetta Gladiators
2016Barbados Tridents
2018Multan Sultans
2019–2022Central Punjab
2019–presentRangpur Rangers
2019/20Dhaka Platoon
2021Kandy Warriors
2021Rawalakot Hawks
2023Lahore Whites
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 13 81 59 90
Runs scored 982 2,585 1,471 6,137
Batting average 40.91 32.56 25.80 40.91
100s/50s 3/4 6/14 1/7 14/36
Top score 176 124 111* 254
Balls bowled 48 115 6 1,349
Wickets 0 2 0 19
Bowling average 70.00 49.78
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/22 4/7
Catches/stumpings 3/– 26/– 15/– 80/–
Source: CricInfo, 28 July 2022

Ahmad Shehzad (born 23 November 1991) is a Pakistani international cricketer.

He is an opening batsman who made his One Day International and Twenty20 International debut for Pakistan in April 2009 against Australia.[2][3] He was a member of the Pakistan team that won the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. In the 2014 T20 World Cup, he became the first Pakistani to score a century in a T20 world cup, with his 111 against Bangladesh.[4]

Early and personal life

Shehzad was born on 23 November 1991 in Lahore. He was born into a Pashtun family of the Afridi clan and, besides English and Urdu, he can speak Pashto as well.[5]

He grew up in a middle-class environment in a modest house near the famous Anarkali Bazaar.[6]

On 19 September 2015, Shehzad married Sana, his childhood friend.[7][8] They had a boy in 2017.[9] In 2021, they had a second baby, a daughter.[10]

Domestic and franchise career

Ahmad Shehzad was the highest run scorer in BPL 2011-12 and the best batsman of the tournament.[11] Shehzad was the leading run-scorer in the 2016–17 Departmental One Day Cup, with 653 runs, including a career-best score in List A cricket of 166 in the semi-final. He was also the captain of the team.[12][13] During the tournament he scored three centuries and three half-centuries in nine matches.[14]

He was the highest runs scorer and man of the tournament in 2016 Pakistan Cup. He scored 372 runs in only 5 matches with the help of 3 half centuries and a hundred.[15]

In April 2018, he was named as the captain of Balochistan's squad for the 2018 Pakistan Cup.[16][17] He scored the most runs for Baluchistan during the tournament, with 251 runs in four matches.[18] In March 2019, he was named in Federal Areas' squad for the 2019 Pakistan Cup.[19][20]

He failed a doping test in 2018 and was banned for 10 weeks.[21]

In July 2019, he was selected to play for the Amsterdam Knights in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.[22][23] However, the following month the tournament was cancelled.[24]

In September 2019, he was named in Central Punjab's squad for the 2019–20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament.[25][26] He was retained by Central Punjab for the 2020–21 domestic season.[27] In November 2021, he was selected to play for the Colombo Stars following the players' draft for the 2021 Lanka Premier League.[28]

On December 15, 2023, Shehzad announced that he was leaving the PSL after not being selected by any franchise.[29]

International career

Shehzad made his first-class debut in 2007. The innings which led to a call-up for the national team was a 167 he scored in Pakistan Youth's victory against England.[30][31]

Shehzad made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2013 scoring 38 in the first innings and 55 in the second.[32] Ahmed Shehzad was part of the Test squad against South Africa in UAE. However he wasn't selected in the playing XI in either of the 2 Tests against South Africa.[33]

He has a 40+ test average for Pakistan Cricket Team with the help of 3 hundreds and 3 half centuries. His test hundreds have been scored against Sri Lanka where he scored 147 runs, Australia where he scored 136 runs and New Zealand where he scored 176 runs[4]

In his One Day International career he has scored 6 hundreds and 14 half centuries.[4] In his Twenty20 International career, he has scored 1 hundred 7 fifties. He is First Pakistani player who has scored a century in all three forms of cricket.[34]

Controversies

Shehzad was issued a one-match ban in 2011 for showing dissent in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, one month before being issued a fine on disciplinary grounds.[35]

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued Shehzad an official reprimand after his frequent quarrels with Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan about Dilshan's conversion from Islam to Buddhism.[36] Shehzad was caught on camera telling Dilshan:[37]

If you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to heaven.

— Ahmed Shehzad's statement on Dilshan.

During a Pakistan Super League group stage match vs Peshawar Zalmi, Shehzad had an exchange of words and physical conflict with bowler Wahab Riaz. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) imposed a fine on both players and issued an official warning to them.[38]

Records and achievements

Source:[39]

  • First Pakistani batsman to have scored centuries in all international formats of the game (i.e. Test, ODI and T20I).[40][41]
  • 2nd Most runs (111*)[42] and 2nd most sixes (6) in a T20I innings by a Pakistani.[43]
  • Most runs (168) in a two–match T20I series by a Pakistani cricketer.[44]
  • He is 2nd fastest 5000 runs scorer in T20 cricket from Pakistan
  • He is 2nd highest centuries maker in T20 cricket from Asia after Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam.
  • Highest run scorer for the Lahore Lions.
  • Second quickest batsman to score centuries in all three formats of international cricket (76 innings) just behind Lokesh Rahul.
  • Highest run scorer for the Quetta Gladiators until 2021.
  • First Pakistani batsman to hit three consecutive sixes in T20I.
  • Holds the record for the most boundaries in a single T20 inning (20 fours)
  • He is the first Pakistani who scored hundred against Cricket South Africa in South Africa
  • He is youngest Pakistani player who scored 150+ runs in a test inning
  • He had the record of fastest century in t20 Cricket from Pakistan just in 40 balls until 2020
  • He had the record of highest t20i partnership for Pakistan along with Mohammad Hafeez 143* until 2021
  • He has the record of Most catches in the field for Pakistan national under-19 cricket team
  • He has the record of 2nd Most centuries from Pakistan in t20 Cricket 5 centuries
  • He has the record of Most Half centuries for Quetta Gladiators in Pakistan Super League
  • He has the record of Most centuries in knockout t20 matches 3 centuries
  • He has the record of Most Half centuries in the finals of Pakistan Super League 2 half centuries in 3 finals
  • He scored first half century of tournament in Kashmir Premier League history
  • Being captain he scored 630+ runs with the help of 3 centuries and 3 half centuries in nine games of departmental one day cup 2016 and won the final for his team HBL and got the award of Man of the final
  • He was man of the tournament in BPL 2012.
  • He scored 341 runs with the average of 51 for Quetta Gladiators in 4th edition of PSL and lift the trophy for his team first time

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