Imran Nazir (cricketer)

Imran Nazir (Punjabi: عمران نذیر) (born 16 December 1981) is a Pakistani former cricketer who played for the Pakistan national cricket team between 1999 and 2012 primarily a hard hitting opening batsman.

Imran Nazir
Personal information
Full nameImran Nazir
Born (1981-12-16) 16 December 1981 (age 40)
Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan
BattingRight handed
BowlingOff spinner
RoleOpening Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 157)8 March 1999 v Sri Lanka
Last Test11 October 2002 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 126)27 March 1999 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI3 October 2009 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.16
T20I debut (cap 13)2 February 2007 v South Africa
Last T20I4 October 2012 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
2008Lahore Badshahs
National Bank of Pakistan
North-West Frontier Province
Sialkot Stallions
Dhaka Gladiators
2013–Chittagong Kings
2018-Lahore Qalandars
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 8 79 25 139
Runs scored 427 1,895 500 7,172
Batting average 32.84 24.61 21.73 33.20
100s/50s 2/1 2/9 0/3 10/44
Top score 131 160 72 185
Balls bowled 49 842
Wickets 1 11
Bowling average 48.00 58.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/3 3/61
Catches/stumpings 4/– 26/– 11/0 105/–
Source: Cricinfo, 8 May 2017

Domestic careerEdit

In 2008, Nazir signed for the Indian Cricket League and played for the Lahore Badshahs. He scored 111 runs not out, off just 44 deliveries, against the Hyderabad Heroes in the third of the best of three finals of the tournament and helped his team achieve victory. After signing up for the Indian Cricket League, his chances of ever playing again for Pakistan looked slim. However, on 2 February 2009, a Pakistani court suspended the ban on Indian Cricket League players,[1] which paved the way for Nazir to make a return to the One Day International and Twenty20 squad during their tour of Sri Lanka in August 2009.

Since then, he has played two National T20 cups. He was selected for the Hong Kong Sixes tournament 2010 in Hong Kong as a member of the Pakistani squad. The final match, which was in Pakistan's favour, was lost due to Imran Nazir's bowling. 46 runs were required from the last 8-ball over but Imran Nazir gave away 48 runs in 7 balls.[2]

In Twenty20 games he has a bowling average of 1.00 and in his 8 deliveries he has 3 wickets a strike rate of less than 3. He has also played for Dhaka Dynamites in Bangladesh's NCL T20 Bangladesh. He has played for Dhaka Gladiators in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He has played 7 matches in BPL and has scored 207 runs with an average of 41.4 runs per game. He has a strike rate of 150. His highest score is 58 and he has scored 2 half centuries in this tournament and has hit twenty one 4s and nine 6s. He has played for Lahore Qalandars in 2018 Abu Dhabi T20 Trophy.[3]

International careerEdit

Nazir made his debut in Test cricket in March 1999 against Sri Lanka at Lahore in Pakistan, and his One Day International debut against the same opposition at Visakhapatnam in India. He played in 8 Test matches between 1999–2002 and secured a spot in the Pakistan squad since 2002. He also played in One Day International arena, but he could never cement his place in the squad. The emergence of several Pakistan opening batsmen such as Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Taufeeq Umar, and Salman Butt kept him out of the national side. However, he displayed excellent cricketing performances in first-class cricket.

Nazir made his return to the national team in the second One Day International against South Africa in February 2007 during Pakistan's tour of South Africa. He impressed the Pakistan national selectors with his innings of 57 runs from just 39 deliveries, though he struggled to score runs during the rest of the tournament.

Nazir was named in Pakistan's squad for the 2007 World Cup. He scored 160 runs against Zimbabwe in Pakistan's last match during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, after being knocked out by Ireland.

It was the second highest score by a Pakistani batsman and the eighth highest score by any batsman in World Cup history and his 8 sixes equalled the World Cup record of Australian batsman, Ricky Ponting.[4] It was also the highest runs he scored in List A cricket.[5] He now remains a regular member of Pakistan's Twenty20 squads.

He was given another chance against New Zealand int two T20I's held in Dubai which Pakistan won 2–0. Next time, he was given a chance against Australia in only T20I in Australia but could not bat much. He showed the same form against England in February 2010 in two T2OI's and was consequently dropped from the Pakistani side.[citation needed]

Nazir was recalled to the Pakistan team in September 2012 for the Twenty20 series against Australia and the following ICC World Twenty20 which was held in Sri Lanka. He scored 153 runs in 6 matches with a reasonable average of 25.50 and with a marvelous strike rate of 150.00 which included a match winning innings of 72 against Bangladesh.[6][7] Nazir has not played international cricket since October 2012.[8]

Charity workEdit

In May 2011 Nazir made a surprise guest appearance at a charity cricket match at Luton Town Football Club between a football legends team and Luton Pakistanis CC. The event was staged to promote community cohesion in the town, as well as raise money for a cancer charity.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

Imran Nazir has one brother (Mushtaq Nazir) . He is married to Amber Hafeez. His wedding was held in 2009.[10] Imran Nazir has told that his elder brother was his cricketing idol during his childhood.[11]

Nazir suffered a joint problem which had him bedridden for four and a half years. "I couldn’t use my hands. I was unable to fully bend my fingers, there was stiffness. If I was to bend my arm, there was a locking of the elbow joint Every joint in my body ached. I couldn’t get up, I couldn’t lie down, I couldn’t sleep", said Nazir.[12] He was able to resume playing cricket in 2018 after receiving stem cell therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy.[12][13]


  1. ^ "Imran Nazir Profile - ICC Ranking, Age, Career Info & Stats". Cricbuzz.
  2. ^ 48 runs conceded off 7 balls (7 November 2010). "Pakistan lost Hong Kong Sixes final to Australia". Dawn. Pakistan. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Abu Dhabi T20 League Squads". Abu Dhabi T20 2018 Squads. 3 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Cricinfo – A new high for Nazir". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Cricket Archive". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Batting records – Twenty20 Internationals – Cricinfo Statsguru – ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo.
  7. ^ "Pakistan Squad". Cricinfo.
  8. ^ "Imran Nazir". Cricinfo.
  9. ^ "Kenilworth Road bowled over by Twenty20 extravaganza – Luton Town Hatters". Luton Today. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Imran Nazir married to Amber Hafeez". Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  11. ^ "My brother was my idol".
  12. ^ a b Hussain, Anam (7 April 2019). "CRICKET: IMRAN NAZIR'S GREATEST FIGHTBACK". Dawn. Pakistan. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Cricketer Imran Nazir makes comeback after illness". 9 August 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2020.