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Ahmed Shehzad (Urdu: احمد شہزاد ‎, born 23 November 1991) is a Pakistani cricketer.[1] He is a right-handed opening batsman who made his One Day International and T20I debut for Pakistan in April 2009 against Australia.[2]

Ahmed Shehzad
Personal information
Full nameAhmed Shehzad
Born (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingLegbreak
RoleOpening Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 216)31 December 2013 v Sri Lanka
Last Test3 July 2015 v Sri Lanka
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 T20I13 June 2018 v Scotland
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2007–presentHabib Bank Limited
2012Barisal Burners
2012Nagenahira Nagas
2013Khulna Royal Bengal
2008–2015Lahore Lions
2013Pakistan A cricket team
2013–2014Jamaica Tallawahs
2015Comilla Victorians
2016–2017; 2019Quetta Gladiators
2016Barbados Tridents
2018Multan Sultans
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 13 81 57 72
Runs scored 982 2,585 1,454 5,041
Batting average 40.91 32.56 26.44 42.00
100s/50s 3/4 6/14 1/7 11/26
Top score 176 124 111* 254
Balls bowled 48 115 6 1,145
Wickets 2 14
Bowling average 70.00 56.71
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/22 4/7
Catches/stumpings 3/– 26/– 14/– 61/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 16 December 2018

In June 2018, he failed doping test and was tested positive for using banned substance during domestic match.[3] He was dropped by his domestic team, Habib Bank Limited, ahead of the 2018–19 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.[4] In August 2018, he was not awarded a central contract for the 2018–19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).[5]

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Personal lifeEdit

Shehzad was born on 23 November 1991 in the city of lahore. He belongs to a Pashtun family and is fluent in Pashto.[6][7] When Shehzad was two years old, his father died and he was raised by a single mother in Anarkali, Lahore.[8]

On 19 September 2015, Shehzad married Sana, his childhood friend.[9][10]

Domestic and T20 careerEdit

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 captain of team.[11][12] During the tournament he scored three centuries and three half-centuries in nine matches.[13]

In April 2018, he was named as the captain of Baluchistan's squad for the 2018 Pakistan Cup.[14][15] He scored the most runs for Baluchistan during the tournament, with 251 runs in four matches.[16] In March 2019, he was named in Federal Areas' squad for the 2019 Pakistan Cup.[17][18]

In July 2019, he was selected to play for the Amsterdam Knights in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.[19][20]

International careerEdit

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.[21][22]

Shehzad made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2013 scoring 38 in the first innings and 55 in the second.[23] Ahmed Shahzad 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.

ControversiesEdit

Shehzad was issued a one match ban in 2011 for showing dissent in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. This was after he was issued a fine just the month before on disciplinary grounds.[24]

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued Shehzad an official reprimand after his frequent quarrels with Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan about Dilshan's past and current religions.[25]

During a Pakistan Super League group stage match vs Peshawar Zalmi, Shahzad had an exchange of words and physical conflict with fast bowler Wahab Riaz. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) imposed a fine on both players and issued an official warning to them.[26]

After Pakistan's exit from the 2016 World Twenty20 from losing 3 matches against New Zealand, India and Australia, Shehzad's poor performance led to a PCB committee suggesting a ban on him and player Umar Akmal.[27]

Records and achievementsEdit

Source:[28]

  • Only Pakistani batsman to have scored centuries in all international formats of the game (i.e. Test, ODI and T20I).[29][30]
  • Most runs, most sixes in a T20 innings by a Pakistani.[31]
  • Most runs (168) in a two–match T20I series by a Pakistani cricketer.[32]
  • 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.
  • Highest run scorer in the Pakistan Super League.
  • First Pakistani batsman to hit three consecutive sixes in T20I.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ahmed Shehzad". ESPNCricinfo.
  2. ^ "Ahmed Shahzad eyes ODI recall | The Express Tribune". tribune.com.pk. 28 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Ahmad Shahzad fails doping test". The Express Tribune. 21 June 2018.
  4. ^ "QeA Trophy: Ahmed Shehzad removed from HBL team roster". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "New central contracts guarantee earnings boost for Pakistan players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ aPakistani. "Ahmad shehzad speaking pashtu – Video Dailymotion". Dailymotion. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ Ahmed Shehzad interview with Sanam Baloch. "Ahmad shehzad speaking pashtu – ARY news interview". Dailymotion.
  8. ^ "The Morning Show With (Exclusive Ahmad Shehzad) Sanam Baloch – ARY News – 4th September 2015". YouTube. Morning Show. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  9. ^ "Ahmad Shahzad celebrates first marriage anniversary with Sana". ARYNEWS. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  10. ^ Dawn https://images.dawn.com/news/1173856. Retrieved 1 April 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "Departmental One Day Cup, 2016/17: Most runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Departmental One Day Cup, 1st Semi-final: Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited v Habib Bank Limited at Karachi, Dec 31, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  13. ^ "Shehzad hits 68 as Habib Bank take title". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Pakistan Cup one-day tournament to begin in Faisalabad next week". Geo TV. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Pakistan Cup Cricket from 25th". The News International. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Pakistan Cup 2018, Balochistan: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Federal Areas aim to complete hat-trick of Pakistan Cup titles". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  18. ^ "Pakistan Cup one-day cricket from April 2". The International News. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Eoin Morgan to represent Dublin franchise in inaugural Euro T20 Slam". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  20. ^ "Euro T20 Slam Player Draft completed". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  21. ^ administrator (30 May 2012). "Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan) – Player Profile, News, Stats, Wiki, Photos & Videos".
  22. ^ "Pakistani youngster impresses Ahmed Shehzad". 7 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Debut Match score card". Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  24. ^ "Ahmed Shehzad handed one-match ban". Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  25. ^ Farooq, Umar. "SL play down Shehzad-Dilshan incident". espncricinfo. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  26. ^ =http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/watch-pakistan-team-mates-wahab-riaz-ahmed-shehzad-involved-in-physical-fight-during-psl/%7CTitle=Wahab Riaz, Ahmed Shehzad involved in ugly fight during PSL; fined heavily by PCB.
  27. ^ "PCB committee recommends ban on Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik & Ahmed Shehzad". arynews.tv. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  28. ^ "[Records] Ahmed Shehzad becomes first Pakistani to score 0 in his first 3 matches – CricNama". Archived from the original on 21 May 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
  29. ^ "Ahmed Shehzad – Pakistan's Greatest Opener Ever?".
  30. ^ "Dreamt of becoming first Pakistani player to score a century in all three formats, says Ahmed Shehzad". The Indian Express. 30 March 2014.
  31. ^ "[Records] Ahmed Shehzad: most runs, most sixes in T20 by a Pakistani – CricNama".
  32. ^ "Statistics / Batting / Most runs in two–match T20I series". Howstat. Retrieved 27 August 2013.

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