Bjorn Fortuin

Imaad Fortuin[1] (born Bjorn Fortuin; 21 October 1994) is a South African professional cricketer. He made his international debut for the South Africa cricket team in September 2019.[2]

Bjorn Fortuin
Personal information
Born (1994-10-21) 21 October 1994 (age 26)
Paarl, South Africa
BattingRight-handed
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RoleBowler
International information
National side
Only ODI (cap 136)7 February 2020 v England
T20I debut (cap 84)18 September 2019 v India
Last T20I16 April 2021 v Pakistan
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 1 7 46 60
Runs scored 35 1,629 630
Batting average 11.66 27.61 17.50
100s/50s –/– 0/0 3/6 1/0
Top score 17* 194 51
Balls bowled 120 7,098 2,690
Wickets 6 121 70
Bowling average 26.83 28.09 30.41
5 wickets in innings 0 4 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/19 8/58 4/22
Catches/stumpings –/– 2/– 21/– 14/–
Source: Cricinfo, 16 April 2021

Domestic careerEdit

He was included in the North West cricket team squad for the 2015 Africa T20 Cup.[3] In August 2017, he was named in Durban Qalandars' squad for the first season of the T20 Global League.[4] However, in October 2017, Cricket South Africa initially postponed the tournament until November 2018, with it being cancelled soon after.[5]

In June 2018, he was named in the squad for the Highveld Lions team for the 2018–19 season.[6] In October 2018, he was named in Paarl Rocks' squad for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament.[7][8] He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2018–19 CSA T20 Challenge tournament, with fifteen dismissals in ten matches.[9] In August 2019, he was named the CSA T20 Challenge Player of the Season at Cricket South Africa's annual award ceremony.[10]

In September 2019, he was named in the squad for the Paarl Rocks team for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament.[11] In April 2021, he was named in Gauteng's squad, ahead of the 2021–22 cricket season in South Africa.[12]

International careerEdit

In August 2019, he was named in South Africa's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their series against India.[13] He made his T20I debut for South Africa, against India, on 18 September 2019.[14] In January 2020, he was named in South Africa's One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against England.[15] He made his ODI debut for South Africa, against England, on 7 February 2020.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

On 24 April 2021, Fortuin converted to Islam,[17] adopting the Muslim name of Imaad.[18] He is the second South African international cricketer, after Wayne Parnell, to convert to Islam.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "South African professional cricketer Bjorn Fortuin converts to Islam after his wedding". CricTracker. 25 April 2021. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Bjorn Fortuin". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 September 2015.
  3. ^ North West Squad / Players – ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  4. ^ "T20 Global League announces final team squads". T20 Global League. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Cricket South Africa postpones Global T20 league". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ "bizhub Highveld Lions' Squad Boasts Full Arsenal of Players". Highveld Lions. Archived from the original on 16 June 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Mzansi Super League - full squad lists". Sport24. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Mzansi Super League Player Draft: The story so far". Independent Online. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  9. ^ "CSA T20 Challenge, 2018/19: Most wickets". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Du Plessis and Van Niekerk honoured with CSA's top awards". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  11. ^ "MSL 2.0 announces its T20 squads". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  12. ^ "CSA reveals Division One squads for 2021/22". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Nortje, Second and Muthusamy part of South Africa squads to India". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  14. ^ "2nd T20I (N), South Africa tour of India at Mohali, Sep 18 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  15. ^ "Lungi Ngidi, Temba Bavuma named in South Africa ODI squad, Quinton de Kock to be captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  16. ^ "2nd ODI (D/N), England tour of South Africa at Durban, Feb 7 2020". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  17. ^ "Bjorn Fortuin, a South African cricketer, has converted to Islam and adopted the Muslim name Emad". News Glory. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  18. ^ "South African cricketer Bjorn Fortuin converts to Islam after his wedding". CricTracker. 25 April 2021. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  19. ^ "South African cricketer Bjorn Fortuin accepts Islam". BD Crictime. Retrieved 25 April 2021.

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