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Ijaz Ahmed
Ahmed in 2013
Personal information
Full name
Ijaz Ahmed
Born (1968-09-20) 20 September 1968 (age 55)
Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
BattingRight-handed
BowlingLeft-arm medium
RoleBatsman
RelationsSaleem Malik (brother-in-law)[2]
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 107)3 February 1987 v India
Last Test27 March 2001 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 60)14 November 1986 v West Indies
Last ODI11 October 2000 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1983/84–1985/86Gujranwala
1983/84–1985/86Pakistan Automobiles Corporation
1986/87–2000/01Habib Bank Limited
1991Durham
1992/93–2000/01Islamabad
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 60 250 169 371
Runs scored 3315 6564 9,889 10,037
Batting average 37.67 32.33 38.47 33.01
100s/50s 12/12 10/37 26/41 16/59
Top score 211 139* 211 139*
Balls bowled 180 637 2,048 1,853
Wickets 2 5 34 31
Bowling average 38.50 95.20 32.29 46.80
5 wickets in innings 0 0 1 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/9 2/31 5/95 3/46
Catches/stumpings 45/– 90/– 123/– 135/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Pakistan
ICC Cricket World Cup
Winner 1992 Australia and New Zealand
Runner-up 1999 England-Wales
-Ireland-Scotland-Netherlands
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 4 February 2006

Ijaz Ahmed (Urdu: اعجاز احمد) (born 20 September 1968) is a Pakistani cricket coach and former cricketer who played 60 Test matches and 250 One Day Internationals for Pakistan from 1986 to 2001. He was a part of the Pakistani squad which won the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Personal life

Born at Sialkot, his family roots lie in the city of Jalandhar, in what is now Indian Punjab, where some of his cousins still live.[3]

He is a brother-in-law of former Pakistan international cricketer and captain Saleem Malik.[2]

Career

Cricket career

Ahmed scored six Test centuries against the world's top-ranked side, Australia – a record number of centuries by a Pakistani against Australia, shared with Javed Miandad. However, 33 of his 92 innings yielded single-figure scores, 54 of them yielded scores below 20.

Ijaz Ahmed came into the national side at the height of the Imran Khan era, and remained on the fringes for nearly a decade, despite several good scores. Dropped after the 1992 World Cup, he came back strongly the following season and established himself at the pivotal "one down" position. He performed poorly at the 1999 World Cup, and the arrival of Younis Khan brought an end to his international career. He formally retired from cricket in 2003.

Ahmed's 250 matches is the seventh-highest of all time in Pakistan, behind Shahid Afridi, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram, Saleem Malik, Younis Khan, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Malik.

A powerful hitter of the ball, Ahmed became the second Pakistani batsman to score 10 ODI centuries. At Lahore, in 1997, Ahmed collapsed the Indian bowling attack by making a quick century off just 68 balls including 9 sixes, remaining not out for 139*; his highest ODI score.

In Test cricket, Ahmed scored 12 Test centuries, including his first and only double century against Sri Lanka, when he scored 211. Ahmed is the top scorer for Pakistan side against South Africa.

On 21 April 1997, in a Test match against Sri Lanka, Ahmed was at the crease on 97, when a run-out attempt brought ambiguity in the decision. However, replays declared Salim Malik as dismissed, and Ahmad was called back to the crease. This was the first time for a batsman to return from the pavilion to the crease since 1987.[4]

In 2009, he was jailed for fake issuance of bank cheques.[2][5] He was remanded for six weeks in jail and later received a bail.[6][7] In 2012, a local court charged him with forgery.[8]

Coaching career

Ahmed was appointed as the coach of Pakistan's Under-19 cricket team on 20 October 2019.[9] He is also currently appointed as the batting coach and consultant for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.

International centuries

Ijaz Ahmed made 22 centuries in international cricket – 12 in Test cricket and 10 in One Day Internationals. He scored his first Test century against Australia at Faisalabad in September 1988, scoring 122.[10] He scored his final Test century, also against Australia at the Perth on in November 1999,[11] scoring 115. His highest Test score is 211, scored against Sri Lanka at Dhaka in 1999.[12]

He scored his first ODI century against Bangladesh at Chittagong, scoring 124 not out.[13] He scored his final ODI century against England at Sharjah in 1999,[14] scoring 137. His highest ODI score of 139 not out came against India in 1997 at Lahore.[15]

Test centuries[16]
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. Test Venue H/A/N Date Result Ref
1 122  Australia 6 1 2/3 Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad Home 23 September 1988 Drawn [10]
2 121  Australia 5 4 1/3 Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Away 12 January 1990 Lost [17]
3 137  Australia 3 1 3/3 Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Away 30 November 1995 Won [18]
4 103  New Zealand 3 3 1/1 Lancaster Park, Christchurch Away 8 December 1995 Won [19]
5 141  England 3 1 2/3 Headingley, Leeds Away 8 August 1996 Drawn [20]
6 125  New Zealand 3 2 2/2 Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi Home 28 November 1996 Won [21]
7 113  Sri Lanka 3 2 1/2 R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo Away 19 April 1997 Drawn [22]
8 151  West Indies 2 2 3/3 National Stadium, Karachi Home 6 December 1997 Won [23]
9 155  Australia 3 2 2/3 Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar Home 15 October 1998 Drawn [24]
10 120 not out  Australia 3 4 3/3 National Stadium, Karachi Home 22 October 1998 Drawn [25]
11 211  Sri Lanka 3 2 Final Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka Neutral 12 March 1999 Won [12]
12 115  Australia 3 3 3/3 WACA Ground, Perth Away 26 November 1999 Lost [11]
ODI centuries[26]
No. Score Against Pos. Inn. SR Venue H/A/N Date Result Ref
1 124 not out  Bangladesh 4 1 142.52 M. A. Aziz Stadium, Chittagong Away 29 October 1988 Won [13]
2 102 not out  Sri Lanka 3 2 102.00 The Gabba, Brisbane Neutral 10 February 1990 Won [27]
3 110  South Africa 5 1 100.00 Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi Home 20 October 1994 Won [28]
4 114 not out  South Africa 3 2 126.66 Kingsmead, Durban Away 17 December 1994 Won [29]
5 117  Zimbabwe 3 1 111.42 Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar Home 3 November 1996 Won [30]
6 139 not out  India 1 2 165.47 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore Home 2 October 1997 Won [15]
7 117  India 4 1 104.46 Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka Neutral 18 January 1998 Lost [31]
8 111  Australia 3 1 101.83 Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore Home 10 November 1998 Lost [32]
9 132  Zimbabwe 3 1 128.15 Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi Home 24 November 1998 Won [33]
10 137  England 3 1 105.38 Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Neutral 7 April 1999 Won [14]

References

  1. ^ "Ijaz Ahmed Profile, Age, Bio - CREX | crex.live". Ijaz Ahmed | CREX.
  2. ^ a b c "Cricketing Dynasties: The Twenty Two Families of Pakistan's Test Cricket – Part 5 | Sports | thenews.com.pk". www.thenews.com.pk.
  3. ^ "Inzamam-ul Haq". Outlook India. Teammate Ijaz Ahmed nods along. Contrary to media reports, he too could not meet cousins in Jalandhar for the same reason.
  4. ^ Ijaz Ahmed in 1987 Cricket World Cup. Retrieved on 31-12-2011 Archived 24 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Ex-cricketer Ijaz Ahmed arrested in Rs.10-million scam". DAWN.COM. 26 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Court charges ex-Pakistan Test cricketer Ijaz Ahmed | Cricket News". NDTVSports.com.
  7. ^ "Former Pakistan batsman Ijaz bailed in fraud case". 19 May 2009 – via www.reuters.com.
  8. ^ "Ijaz Ahmed charged in forgery case". ESPNcricinfo.
  9. ^ Ijaz Ahmed – U-19 Coach.Retrieved on 31-12-2011 Archived 23 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b "2nd Test, Australia tour of Pakistan at Faisalabad, Sep 23-28 1988". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  11. ^ a b "3rd Test, Pakistan tour of Australia at Perth, Nov 26-28 1999". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Final, Asian Test Championship at Dhaka, Mar 12-15 1999". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  13. ^ a b "4th Match, Wills Asia Cup at Chittagong, Oct 29 1988". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  14. ^ a b "1st Match (D/N), Coca-Cola Cup at Sharjah, Apr 7 1999". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  15. ^ a b "3rd ODI (D/N), India tour of Pakistan at Lahore, Oct 2 1997". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Ijaz Ahmed / Test matches / Hundreds". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  17. ^ "1st Test, Pakistan tour of Australia at Melbourne, Jan 12-16 1990". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  18. ^ "3rd Test, Pakistan tour of Australia at Sydney, Nov 30 - Dec 4 1995". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  19. ^ "Only Test, Pakistan tour of New Zealand at Christchurch, Dec 8-12 1995". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  20. ^ "2nd Test, Pakistan tour of England and Scotland at Leeds, Aug 8-12 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  21. ^ "2nd Test, New Zealand tour of Pakistan at Rawalpindi, Nov 28 - Dec 1 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  22. ^ "1st Test, Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka at Colombo, Apr 19-23 1997". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  23. ^ "3rd Test, West Indies tour of Pakistan at Karachi, Dec 6-9 1997". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  24. ^ "2nd Test, Australia tour of Pakistan at Peshawar, Oct 15-19 1998". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  25. ^ "3rd Test, Australia tour of Pakistan at Karachi, Oct 22-26 1998". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  26. ^ "Statistics / Statsguru / Ijaz Ahmed / One-Day Internationals / Hundreds". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  27. ^ "6th Match, Benson & Hedges World Series at Brisbane, Feb 10 1990". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  28. ^ "5th Match, Wills Triangular Series at Rawalpindi, Oct 20 1994". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  29. ^ "9th Match, Mandela Trophy at Durban, Dec 17 1994". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  30. ^ "3rd ODI, Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan at Peshawar, Nov 3 1996". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  31. ^ "3rd Final, Silver Jubilee Independence Cup at Dhaka, Jan 18 1998". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  32. ^ "3rd ODI, Australia tour of Pakistan at Lahore, Nov 10 1998". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  33. ^ "3rd ODI, Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan at Rawalpindi, Nov 24 1998". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
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