Shadab Khan[a] (pronounced [ʃaːdaːb xaːɳ]; born 4 October 1998) is a Pakistani international cricketer who plays for the Pakistan national cricket team.[3] He captains Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL),[4] and under his leadership they won the PSL 2024 for a record third time in the tournament's history. An all-rounder, Khan is Pakistan's most successful T20I bowler.[5] He is also regarded as one of the best fielders in Pakistan.[6][7] As of 2022, he has been among the players centrally contracted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).[8][9] Khan was a member of the Pakistan team that won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

Shadab Khan
Khan in 2017
Personal information
Born (1998-10-04) 4 October 1998 (age 25)
Mianwali, Punjab, Pakistan
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[2]
BowlingRight-arm leg spin
RelationsSaqlain Mushtaq (father-in-law)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 227)30 April 2017 v West Indies
Last Test5 August 2020 v England
ODI debut (cap 211)7 April 2017 v West Indies
Last ODI11 November 2023 v England
ODI shirt no.7
T20I debut (cap 73)26 March 2017 v West Indies
Last T20I11 June 2024 v Canada
T20I shirt no.7
Domestic team information
2016/17–2017/18Rawalpindi Rams
2017–presentIslamabad United
2017Trinbago Knight Riders
2017/18Sui Gas Ltd
2017/18Brisbane Heat
2019Guyana Amazon Warriors
2019/20Dhaka Platoon
2021/22Sydney Sixers
2022/23Hobart Hurricanes
2023Birmingham Phoenix
2023San Francisco Unicorns
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 6 70 17 85
Runs scored 300 855 595 1088
Batting average 33.33 25.9 27.04 25.3
100s/50s 0/3 0/4 1/3 0/5
Top score 56 86 132 86
Balls bowled 954 3388 3077 4102
Wickets 14 85 68 108
Bowling average 36.64 34.82 25.77 33.62
5 wickets in innings 0 0 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 3/31 4/27 6/77 4/27
Catches/stumpings 3/0 19/0 11/0 28/0
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Pakistan
Champions Trophy
Winner 2017 England & Wales
Asia Cup
Runner-up 2022 UAE
T20 World Cup
Runner-up 2022 Australia
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 7 January 2024

Personal life


Shadab Khan was born in 1998 in Mianwali, Punjab. On 23 January 2023, he married Pakistani cricket coach and former international player Saqlain Mushtaq's daughter Malaika Saqlain.[10]



On 18 December 2020, Khan captained the Pakistan team for the first time in an international match, when he led the side in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) against New Zealand during Babar's injury. On 26 August 2016, he made his Twenty20 debut for Rawalpindi in the 2016–17 National T20 Cup.[11] After his impressive performance in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, he was signed to play for Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2017 Caribbean Premier League.[12] Later in 2017, Shadab signed with the Brisbane Heat for the 7th season of the Big Bash League.[13]

In June 2019, Khan was selected to play for the Edmonton Royals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[14] In December 2021, he was named the captain of Islamabad United following the players' draft for the 2021 Pakistan Super League. He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Pakistan against the West Indies on 26 March 2017.[15] He recorded the most economical figures for a bowler completing their four overs on debut in a T20I.[16] The following month, he was added to Pakistan's Test squad for their series against the West Indies.[17]

Khan made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Pakistan against the West Indies on 7 April 2017.[18] He made his Test debut for Pakistan, also against the West Indies, on 30 April 2017.[19] He was part of Pakistan's 2017 Champions Trophy winning squad. In September 2017, he was named the PCB's Emerging Player of the Year.[20]

On 16 October 2017, against Sri Lanka, Khan scored his maiden ODI fifty. Khan, along with Babar Azam, made a partnership of 109 and slowly built the innings towards 200. When bowling, Khan took early breakthroughs in the low-scoring game taking three wickets. Pakistan won the match by 32 runs and Shadab was adjudged the man of the match for his all-round performances.[21]

In April 2019, Khan was named to Pakistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[22][23] Three days after Khan was named in Pakistan's World Cup squad, he was ruled out of Pakistan's preceding tour of England with a virus.[24][25] He was replaced by Yasir Shah for the matches against England.[26] Ahead of the third ODI match against England, Pakistan's captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, confirmed that Shadab had recovered and would be fit enough to play at the World Cup.[27] On 23 June 2019, in Pakistan's World Cup match against South Africa, Shadab took his 50th wicket in ODIs.[28]

In June 2020, Khan was named in a 29-man squad for Pakistan's tour to England during the COVID-19 pandemic.[29][30] However, on 22 June 2020, Shadab was one of three players from Pakistan's squad to test positive for COVID-19.[31] Although he had shown no previous symptoms of the virus,[32] he was advised to go into a period of self-isolation.[33] In July, he was shortlisted for Pakistan's 20-man squad for the Test matches against England.[34][35] On 28 August 2020, in the first T20I match against England, Shadab took his 50th wicket in the format.[36]

In September 2021, Khan was named the vice-captain of Pakistan's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[37]

On 27 March 2023, he took his 100th T20I wicket against Afghanistan,[38] and became the first male cricketer from Pakistan to take 100 wickets in T20Is.[39]

In May 2024, he was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup tournament.[40]


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