Imam-ul-Haq[a] (pronounced [ɪmaːm ʊl ɦəq]; born 22 December 1995), is a nephew of retired Pakistani international cricketer Inzamam-ul-Haq.Imam-ul-Haq plays as an opener. In his first One Day International (ODI), against Sri Lanka, he became the second batter for Pakistan, and thirteenth overall, to score a century on debut. 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).
|Born||22 December 1995|
Multan, Punjab, Pakistan
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Bowling||Right arm leg break|
|Test debut (cap 231)||11 May 2018 v Ireland|
|Last Test||24 July 2023 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 215)||18 October 2017 v Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||27 October 2023 v South Africa|
|T20I debut (cap 81)||5 May 2019 v England|
|Last T20I||8 November 2019 v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
|2014/15–2015/16||Khan Research Laboratories|
|2016/17–2017/18||Habib Bank Limited|
|2019–2022||Peshawar Zalmi (squad no. 26)|
Source: Cricinfo, 31 October 2023
Domestic career edit
In the final of the 2016–17 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, he scored 200 not out batting for Habib Bank Limited. In the final of 2017–18 National T20 Cup, he scored 59 not out batting for Lahore Blues, and was named man of the match.
International career edit
In October 2017, he was named in Pakistan's ODI squad for their series against Sri Lanka. On his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 18 October 2017, he scored an ODI century and was named man of the match. He became the second Pakistan batter after Saleem Elahi to score an ODI hundred on debut.
In April 2018, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for their tours to Ireland and England in May 2018. He made his Test debut against Ireland, on 11 May 2018. He scored a half century in the final innings of the match which was instrumental in the team's win.
On 20 July 2018, in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe, he and Fakhar Zaman made the highest opening partnership in ODIs, with 304 runs. Pakistan finished their innings at 399 for the loss of one wicket, their highest score in ODIs. Zaman and Imam had scored 705 runs together across the series, the most by a pair in a bilateral ODI series.
In April 2019, he was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Pakistan against England on 5 May 2019. Ahead of the Cricket World Cup, in the ODI series against England, Imam scored 151 runs in the third ODI match. This was the highest individual total for a Pakistan batter against England in a One Day International.
In June 2020, he was named in a 29-man squad for Pakistan's tour to England during the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, he was shortlisted in Pakistan's 20-man squad for the Test matches against England. In July 2021, in the third match against England, he scored his 2,000th run in ODI cricket.
In March 2022, in the opening match of the series against Australia, Imam scored his first century in Test cricket. In the second innings, he scored another century, becoming the tenth batter for Pakistan to score a century in both innings of a Test.
On 22nd August 2023, in the opening match of the 3 ODI series vs Afghanistan, Imam Played a crucial inning of 61 Runs where all batting line of Pakistan collapsed at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota, Sri Lanka. Pakistan won the match by 142 runs and Imam was the leading run scorer.
Personal life edit
He was born in Multan, Punjab, on 22 December 1995 to a Syed Sunni Muslim family. His family had moved from the city of Hansi in Punjab Province, British India (now in Haryana, India) during the Partition of India. He is the nephew of former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq.
- Urdu: امام الحق
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