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Mohammad Nawaz (cricketer)

Mohammad Nawaz
Personal information
Born (1994-03-21) 21 March 1994 (age 30)
Akbarpura, Nowshera District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 223)13 October 2016 v West Indies
Last Test9 December 2022 v England
ODI debut (cap 210)18 August 2016 v Ireland
Last ODI27 October 2023 v South Africa
ODI shirt no.21
T20I debut (cap 68)29 February 2016 v United Arab Emirates
Last T20I27 March 2023 v Afghanistan
T20I shirt no.21
Domestic team information
2012/13–2015/16National Bank of Pakistan
2016–2023Quetta Gladiators
2016/17Karachi Blues
2017/18United Bank Limited
2018–2019Cape Town Blitz
2019Sylhet Sixers
2018/19Federal Areas
2019/20–presentRajshahi Royals
2023Rangpur Riders
2024Khulna Tigers
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 6 37 57
Runs scored 144 406 144
Batting average 16 18 17
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 0/0
Top score 45 53 45
Balls bowled 959 1,588 1,456
Wickets 16 42 47
Bowling average 81.00 72.07 87.19
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/88 2/19 1/50
Catches/stumpings 4/– 13/– 23/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Pakistan
Asia Cup
Runner-up 2022 UAE
T20 World Cup
Runner-up 2022 Australia
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 4 May 2023

Mohammad Nawaz[a] (pronounced [mʊɦəmməd nəwaːz]; born 21 March 1994) is a Pakistani international cricketer. In August 2018, he was one of 33 players to be awarded a central contract for the 2018–19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).[2][3]

Early life and family

Nawaz was born into a Pashtun family, originally belonging to Akbarpura, a village in northwestern part of Nowshera district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Nawaz's family is settled in Rawalpindi, Punjab, for many years now. He received his early education from the F.G. Boys School in Rawalpindi.[4]

In 2018, he married Izdihaar, a South African diagnostic radiographer of Saudi Arabian descent.[5]

Domestic and T20 franchise career

Nawaz was bought by Quetta Gladiators for the 2016 Pakistan Super League (PSL). In his debut match for the franchise against Islamabad United, he took 4 wickets for 13 runs in 4 overs. He finished the tournament as the fourth leading wicket-taker. His performance in the initial phase of the PSL resulted in a call-up to Pakistan's 2016 ICC World Twenty20 squad.[6]

Due to his performance in the 2016 season, he was retained by the team for the 2017 season. He finished the season with 10 wickets in the 10 matches he played.[7]

In April 2018, he was named as the vice-captain of Baluchistan's squad for the 2018 Pakistan Cup.[8][9] He took the most wickets for Baluchistan during the tournament, with nine dismissals in four matches.[10]

In September 2018, he was named in Balkh's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[11] In March 2019, he was named in Federal Areas' squad for the 2019 Pakistan Cup.[12][13] In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Edmonton Royals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[14] In July 2019, he was selected to play for the Belfast Titans in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.[15][16] However, the following month the tournament was cancelled.[17]

In September 2019, he was named in the squad for the Cape Town Blitz team for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament.[18] In the same month, he was also named in Northern's squad for the 2019–20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament.[19][20] In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Rajshahi Royals in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.[21]

In January 2021, he was named as the captain of Northern for the 2020–21 Pakistan Cup.[22][23]

International career

He made his Twenty20 International debut for Pakistan against the United Arab Emirates in the 2016 Asia Cup on 29 February 2016.[24] He was hit for 38 runs from 3 overs after being called to bowl by captain Shahid Afridi. Waqar Younis, the head coach, criticised Afridi for this and said that it was 'unfair' for him to call Nawaz up being relatively new and that it 'destroyed the youngster's confidence'.[25]

He made his One Day International debut for Pakistan against Ireland on 18 August 2016, scoring a half-century.[26] In September 2016, he was named man of the match in the final of the 2016–17 National T20 Cup.[27]

He made his Test debut for Pakistan against the West Indies in Dubai on 13 October 2016.[28]

In June 2020, he was named as one of four reserve players for Pakistan's tour to England during the COVID-19 pandemic.[29] In September 2021, he was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[30]

In July 2022, in the first match against Sri Lanka, he took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket.[31]

In September 2022, he was instrumental in a record win against India during the Asia Cup, being Pakistan's highest successful run-chase against India in a T20I,[32] eventually named man of the match for his all-round contributions.


  1. ^ Urdu, Pashto: محمد نواز
  1. ^ Mohammad Nawaz’s profile on Sportskeeda
  2. ^ "PCB Central Contracts 2018–19". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  3. ^ "New central contracts guarantee earnings boost for Pakistan players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  4. ^
  5. ^ G., Sandip (4 September 2022). "Mohammad Nawaz trying to make a name for himself and Pakistan's tribe of left-arm spinners". Indian Express. Retrieved 5 October 2022. "Woh Pathan hain, usme dum hain," references too [...] a boy from Rawalpindi [...] he married a diagnostic radiographer Izdihaar who lives in South Africa of Saudi Arabia descent [...]
  6. ^ "Pakistan pick Manzoor, Raees for WT20". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Nerveless Nawaz puts Quetta in PSL final". ESPNcricinfo. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Pakistan Cup one-day tournament to begin in Faisalabad next week". Geo TV. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Pakistan Cup Cricket from 25th". The News International. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Pakistan Cup 2018, Balochistan: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Gayle, Afridi, Russell: icons in Afghanistan Premier League". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Federal Areas aim to complete hat-trick of Pakistan Cup titles". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Pakistan Cup one-day cricket from April 2". The International News. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Global T20 draft streamed live". Canada Cricket Online. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  15. ^ "Eoin Morgan to represent Dublin franchise in inaugural Euro T20 Slam". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  16. ^ "Euro T20 Slam Player Draft completed". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  17. ^ "Inaugural Euro T20 Slam cancelled at two weeks' notice". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  18. ^ "MSL 2.0 announces its T20 squads". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  19. ^ "PCB announces squads for 2019-20 domestic season". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  20. ^ "Sarfaraz Ahmed and Babar Azam to take charge of Pakistan domestic sides". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  21. ^ "BPL draft: Tamim Iqbal to team up with coach Mohammad Salahuddin for Dhaka". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  22. ^ "Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament promises action-packed cricket". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  23. ^ "Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament: Fixtures Schedule, Teams, Player Squads – All you need to Know". Cricket World. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  24. ^ "Asia Cup, 6th Match: Pakistan v United Arab Emirates at Dhaka, Feb 29, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Waqar Younis blames Shahid Afridi for World Twenty20 exit". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  26. ^ "Pakistan tour of England and Ireland, 1st ODI: Ireland v Pakistan at Dublin (Malahide), Aug 18, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 18 August 2016. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  27. ^ "National T20 Cup, Final: Karachi Blues v Karachi Whites at Multan, Sep 16, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  28. ^ "West Indies tour of United Arab Emirates, 1st Test: Pakistan v West Indies at Dubai (DSC), Oct 13-17, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  29. ^ "Haider Ali the new face as Pakistan name 29-man squad for England Tests and T20Is". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 June 2020.
  30. ^ "Sharjeel Khan dropped from T20 World Cup squad; Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah make 15-man cut". ESPN Cricnfo. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  31. ^ "Fifties from Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal put Sri Lanka in command". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 July 2022.
  32. ^ "Rizwan, Nawaz set up Pakistan's record win over India". AP News. 4 September 2022.
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