Ahmed Shahzad (Urdu: احمد شہزاد born 23 November 1991) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a right-handed opening batsman and also a part-time legbreak bowler. He used to play domestic cricket for Habib Bank Limited. He made his One Day International and T20I debut for Pakistan in April 2009 against Australia. Shehzad is well known for his belligerent batting and truculent attitude
Shehzad was born on 23 November 1991 in the city of Lahore. He is an ethnic Afridi Pashtun. When he was eight months old, his father died. He got married to his childhood friend Sana Muraad on 19 September 2015.
Shehzad made his First class debut for Lahore Shalimars at Lahore, January 24, 2007. Since then his is part of Lahore team Lahore Lions. Shehzad has played cricket for different clubs in Pakistan domestic circuit including Habib Bank Limited, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Ravi and Lahore Shalimar. Shehzad has also played for Pakistan Under-19 team.
A naturally-aggressive batsman from Lahore, Ahmed Shehzad has established himself as an opening batsman. He 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, where he was instrumental as Pakistan chased down 342.
The right-handed batsman, who took to the game aged just seven, has over the years been a prolific scorer for Pakistan's Under-19s and Youth sides. Just 16, he made his domestic debut for Habib Bank Limited and the first signs of his enormous talent were evident when with a fine 167, he helped Pakistan Under-19 chase down a stiff target of 342 set by England in a Youth Test. Back home, he went to score 315 runs in a 5-0 mauling of Australia Under-19s in a Youth ODI series and a whirlwind 92 of just 49 balls for the Lahore Eagles in domestic game gave further proof of his talent. Following a successful 2008 Under-19 World Cup campaign, he made it to Pakistan's Test squad for the 2009 home series against Sri Lanka.
Shehzad made his debut for Pakistan in a one-day international against Australia on 29 April 2009. In his maiden match he got run-out scoring just 4 runs. In the following 3 matches he scored 40, 43 and 19 respectively. Shehzad made his Twenty20 International debut on the same tour against Australia scoring a single boundary before being caught in the deep. Despite a failure in the Twenty20, Shehzad was selected for the Pakistan squad in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 only playing the opening game against England.
He was recalled to the side in late 2010 for a tour to New Zealand. He sparkled with good performances in T20Is and ODIs scoring his maiden T20I fifty and maiden ODI ton at Hamilton which sealed his place in the World Cup 2011 squad. Shehzad featured in five games that Pakistan played in the World Cup but couldn't cross even 15 in any of them.
2011 – 2012
The good show in late 2010 earned him a place in the squad for the World Cup 2011, but Shehzad failed to impress. He managed to retain his spot for the West Indies tour that followed, and even made his second ODI century there, but was left out of the squad for the tour of Zimbabwe.
The Barisal Burners bought Shehzad for $50,000 to pay in the 2012 Bangladesh Premier League. With 486 runs from 12 matches, Shehzad was the tournament’s leading run-scorer.
He was dropped from the Pakistan squad in 2011 and made his comeback more than two years later in 2013. The South African tour proved to be a watershed moment in his career. A century in Port Elizabeth helped Pakistan become the first Asian team to win a bi-lateral ODI series in South Africa. Shehzad made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2013 scoring 38 in the first innings and 55 in the second. Ahmed Shahzad was part of the Test squad against South Afica in UAE. However he wasn’t selected in the playing XI in either of the 2 Tests against South Africa.
2014 - 2015
He performed well against Australia and New Zealand scoring hundreds against each of them, but had to miss two Tests against New Zealand after being struck on the head by a Corey Anderson bouncer. He returned in the subsequent ODI series and scored his sixth ODI century in the third game. Shehzad was part of the team selected for the 2015 World Cup. After the World cup Shehzad was dropped from the team once again along with his team mate Umar Akmal from the test and ODI sides due to some attitude issues for the series against Bangladesh but was recalled for the Test and ODI Series against Sri Lanka.
The PCB issued Shehzad an official reprimand after his frequent quarrels with Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan about Dilshan's past and current religions. Shehzad was also dropped from team after Cricket World Cup 2015 Waqar Younis the team coach said in a press conference that he has some attitude issues.
- In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
- The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
One Day International centuries
Twenty20 International centuries
Records and achievements
- Only Pakistani batsman to have scored centuries in all international formats of the game (i.e. Test, ODI and T20I).
- Most runs, most sixes in a T20 innings by a Pakistani.
- First Pakistani opener to hit four Sixes in a Test Innings.
- Most runs in a 2 match T20 series.
- Highest run scorer for the Lahore Lions.
One-Day International Cricket
Man of the Match awards
||Seddon Park, Hamilton
||3 February 2011
||115 (109 balls, 12×4, 3×6)
|| Pakistan won by 41 runs.
||Beausejour Ground, Gros Islet
||25 April 2011
||102 (148 balls, 7x4, 1x6)
|| Pakistan won by 7 wickets.
||St George's Park, Port Elizabeth
||27 November 2013
||102 (112 balls, 8x4, 2x6)
|| Pakistan won by 1 run.
||Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
||14 December 2014
||113 (120 balls, 12x4, 2x6); 3-0-22-1
|| Pakistan won by 147 runs.
||United Arab Emirates
||McLean Park, Napier
||4 March 2015
||93 (105 balls, 8x4, 1x6); 1 ct.
|| Pakistan won by 129 runs.
||R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
||22 July 2015
||95 (90 balls, 12x4, 1x6); 1 ct.
|| Pakistan won by 7 wickets.
Twenty20 International Cricket
Player of the Series Awards
Man of the Match Awards
- ^ Ahmad Shahzad mimics selfie pose - Pakistan Headlines
- ^ The Stands : Zimbabwe top popularity charts in Lahore | ESPN Cricinfo
- ^ Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan) | Player Profile, News, Stats, Wiki, Photos & Videos
- ^ "Debut Match score card". Retrieved 5 January 2014.
- ^ Farooq, Umar. "SL play down Shehzad-Dilshan incident". espncricinfo. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
- ^ [Records] Ahmed Shehzad becomes first Pakistani to score 0 in his first 3 matches | CricNama
- ^ Ahmed Shehzad - Pakistan's Greatest Opener Ever? | Well Pitched - a cricket blog
- ^ Dreamt of becoming first Pakistani player to score a century in all three formats, says Ahmed Shehzad | The Indian Express
- ^ [Records] Ahmed Shehzad: most runs, most sixes in T20 by a Pakistani | CricNama
- ^ Ahmed Shehzad first Pakistani Opener to hit 4 Sixes in a Test Inning
- ^ "Pakistan in New Zealand ODI Series, 2011 - 5th ODI".
- ^ "Pakistan in West Indies ODI Series, 2011 - 2nd ODI".
- ^ "Pakistan in South Africa ODI Series, 2013 - 2nd ODI".
- ^ "Pakistan v New Zealand ODI Series, 2014 - 3rd ODI".
- ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015 - 25th match, Pool B".
- ^ "Pakistan in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2015 - 4th ODI".
- ^ "Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Series, 2013". ESPNcricinfo. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- ^ "Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Series, 2013 - 1st match". ESPNcricinfo. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- ^ "Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Series, 2013 - 2nd match". ESPNcricinfo. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
- ^ "ICC World Twenty20 - 27th match, Group 2 – Bangladesh v Pakistan Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
The Express Tribune (blog)
The Express Tribune (blog)
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 10:56:15 -0800
Ahmed Shehzad – also called Pakistan's Virat Kohli (minus a little talent and Anushka Sharma by the side of course – is young, stylish and confident, to the extent of even being cocky at times. He's a selfie addict and is also considered as Boom Boom ...
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 05:56:37 -0800
DUBAI: Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad likely to miss another important match due to fever, TheNewsTribe.com reported. According to details, T20 specialist Ahmed Shehzad will another T20 match due to fever. On the other hand Shoaib Malik will also ...
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:18:45 -0800
DUBAI: Famous Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad will miss the first T20 match of 3-match series against England at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai. According to details, team management told media that Ahmed Shehzad is sick due to which has been ...
Mon, 23 Nov 2015 02:51:23 -0800
DUBAI: Birthday of Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad became disgraceful as he bagged golden duck in T20 match against Honk Kong at International Cricket Council Acadmy. Ahmed Shehzad failed to gave good start to his team in a T20 match against Honk ...
Sun, 08 Nov 2015 02:05:21 -0800
ABU DHABI: Pakistan team management has decided to bench Ahmed Shehzad for One day International series against England. According to details, management has taken decision due to his controversial behavior with team management and also to ...
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 01:09:09 -0800
ABU DHABI: Pakistani opener Ahmed Shehzad and fast bowler Rahat Ali has been dropped from final 11 in the first One Day International (ODI) against England at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. According to details, Amir Yamin has been added to ...
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 00:46:53 -0800
He was be replaced by Zafar Gohar in third match. Pakistani specialist opener Ahmed Shehzad is also likely to replace Iftikhar Ahmed, replacement of Legend Younis Khan who retired after the first ODI but he failed to impress the nation at the highest ...
The News International
The Express Tribune
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 07:13:38 -0800
Chasing a stiff target of 173 — that could have been the highest-ever chase in T20s in the UAE — the opening pair of Ahmed Shehzad (28) and Rafatullah Mohamand (23) added 51 runs in five overs to give the partisan crowd a real hope of a stunning chase.
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