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Ahmad Shahzad
Personal information
Full name Ahmed Shahzad
Born (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 24)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Nickname Shehzada (Prince) , Shezzy , Selfie King [1][2]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Role Opening Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 216) 31 December 2013 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 3 July- 8 July 2015 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 172) 24 April 2009 v Australia
Last ODI 5 October 2015 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 19
T20I debut (cap 26) 7 May 2009 v Australia
Last T20I 25 March 2016 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007 Habib Bank Limited
2012 Barisal Burners
2012 Nagenahira Nagas
2013 Khulna Royal Bengal
2008–2015 Lahore Lions
2013 Pakistan A cricket team
2013–present Jamaica Tallawahs
2015-present Comilla Victorians
2016-present Quetta Gladiators
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 11 72 39 58
Runs scored 861 2,472 984 4132
Batting average 43.05 34.81 25.88 44.45
100s/50s 3/3 6/13 2/5 15/18
Top score 176 124 111* 254
Balls bowled – 48 115 1,073
Wickets 2 14
Bowling average 70.00 52.85
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/22 4/7
Catches/stumpings 3/– 25/– 12/– 56/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 5 January 2014

Ahmed Shahzad (Urdu: احمد شہزاد ‎ born 23 November 1991) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a right-handed opening batsman. He made his One Day International and T20I debut for Pakistan in April 2009 against Australia.

Personal life[edit]

Shehzad was born on 23 November 1991 in the city of Lahore. He belongs to a Pashtun family and is fluent in Pashto.[3] [4] When Shehzad was two years old, his father died and he was raised by a single mother in Anarkali, Lahore.[5]

On 19 September 2015, Shehzad married his childhood friend Sana Murad in a traditional Islamic ceremony. The wedding was attended by fellow team members including Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Hafeez.

Domestic career[edit]

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.

International career[edit]

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.[6]

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.

2009[edit]

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. Whatever happened Pakistan won that World Twenty20 and it is in his achievements.

2010[edit]

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[edit]

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.

2013[edit]

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.[7] Ahmed Shahzad was part of the Test squad against South Africa in UAE. However he wasn’t selected in the playing XI in either of the 2 Tests against South Africa.

2014 - 2015[edit]

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.

Controversies[edit]

Shehzad was issued a 1-match ban in 2011 for showing dissent in the Quaid-e-Azam Tropy tournament. This was after he was issued a fine just the month before on disciplinary grounds. [8]

The PCB issued Shehzad an official reprimand after his frequent quarrels with Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan about Dilshan's past and current religions.[9] 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.

During The Pakistan Super League group stage match vs Peshawar Zalmi, Shahzad had exchange of words and physical contest with Fast Bowler Wahab Riaz. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) imposed a fine on both players and issued an official warning to them. [10]

After Pakistan's exit from the 2016 World Twenty20 from losing 3 matches against New Zealand, India and Australia, Shehzad's poor performance led to the PCB suggesting a ban on him and player Umar Akmal.[11]

International centuries[edit]

  • In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
  • The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career

Test centuries[edit]

Ahmed Shehzad's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 147 3  Sri Lanka United Arab Emirates Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium 2014 Won
2 131 6  Australia United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai Sports City 2014 Won
3 176 8  New Zealand United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Stadium 2014 Won

One Day International centuries[edit]

Ahmed Shehzad's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 115 8  New Zealand New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2011 Won
2 102 16  West Indies Saint Lucia Gros Islet, Saint Lucia Beausejour Stadium 2011 Won
3 102 34  South Africa South Africa Port Elizabeth, South Africa St George's Oval 2013 Won
4 124 37  Sri Lanka United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai International Cricket Stadium 2013 Lost
5 103 44  Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium 2014 Won
6 113 54  New Zealand United Arab Emirates Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium 2014 Won

Twenty20 International centuries[edit]

Ahmed Shehzad's Twenty20 International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 111* 25  Bangladesh Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium 2014 Won

Records and achievements[12][edit]

  • Only Pakistani batsman to have scored centuries in all international formats of the game (i.e. Test, ODI and T20I).[13][14]
  • Most runs, most sixes in a T20 innings by a Pakistani.[15]
  • First Pakistani opener to hit four Sixes in a Test Innings.[16]
  • Most runs in a 2 match T20 series.
  • Highest run scorer for the Lahore Lions.

International Awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand Seddon Park, Hamilton 3 February 2011 115 (109 balls, 12×4, 3×6)  Pakistan won by 41 runs.[17]
2 West Indies Beausejour Ground, Gros Islet 25 April 2011 102 (148 balls, 7x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 7 wickets.[18]
3 South Africa St George's Park, Port Elizabeth 27 November 2013 102 (112 balls, 8x4, 2x6)  Pakistan won by 1 run.[19]
4 New Zealand Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 14 December 2014 113 (120 balls, 12x4, 2x6); 3-0-22-1  Pakistan won by 147 runs.[20]
5 United Arab Emirates McLean Park, Napier 4 March 2015 93 (105 balls, 8x4, 1x6); 1 ct.  Pakistan won by 129 runs.[21]
6 Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 22 July 2015 95 (90 balls, 12x4, 1x6); 1 ct.  Pakistan won by 7 wickets.[22]

Twenty20 International Cricket[edit]

Player of the Series Awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan vs Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe 2013 Runs: 168 (114 balls: 12×4, 7x6), Ave – 168.00, SR – 147.36  Pakistan won the series 2-0.[23]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Pakistan vs Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe 2013 70 (50 balls: 6x4, 1x6)  Pakistan won by 25 runs.[24]
2 Pakistan vs Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe 2013 98* (64 balls: 6x4, 6x6)  Pakistan won by 19 runs.[25]
3 2014 ICC World Twenty20 27th match (PAK vs BAN) in Bangladesh 2014 111* (62 balls: 10x4, 5x6)  Pakistan won by 50 runs.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahmad Shahzad mimics selfie pose - Pakistan Headlines
  2. ^ The Stands : Zimbabwe top popularity charts in Lahore | ESPN Cricinfo
  3. ^ aPakistani. "Ahmad shehzad speaking pashtu - Video Dailymotion". Dailymotion. Retrieved 2016-02-15. 
  4. ^ Ahmed Shehzad interview with Sanam Baloch. "Ahmad shehzad speaking pashtu - ARY news interview". Dailymotion. 
  5. ^ "The Morning Show With (Exclusive Ahmad Shehzad) Sanam Baloch – ARY News – 4th September 2015". YouTube. Morning Show. Retrieved 3/2/2016.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ Ahmed Shehzad (Pakistan) | Player Profile, News, Stats, Wiki, Photos & Videos
  7. ^ "Debut Match score card". Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ahmed Shehzad handed one-match ban". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  9. ^ Farooq, Umar. "SL play down Shehzad-Dilshan incident". espncricinfo. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  10. ^ =http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/watch-pakistan-team-mates-wahab-riaz-ahmed-shehzad-involved-in-physical-fight-during-psl/%7CTitle=WahabRiaz,AhmedShehzadinvolvedinuglyfightduringPSL;finedheavilybyPCB
  11. ^ "PCB committee recommends ban on Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik & Ahmed Shehzad". arynews.tv. Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  12. ^ [Records] Ahmed Shehzad becomes first Pakistani to score 0 in his first 3 matches | CricNama
  13. ^ Ahmed Shehzad - Pakistan's Greatest Opener Ever? | Well Pitched - a cricket blog
  14. ^ Dreamt of becoming first Pakistani player to score a century in all three formats, says Ahmed Shehzad | The Indian Express
  15. ^ [Records] Ahmed Shehzad: most runs, most sixes in T20 by a Pakistani | CricNama
  16. ^ Ahmed Shehzad first Pakistani Opener to hit 4 Sixes in a Test Inning
  17. ^ "Pakistan in New Zealand ODI Series, 2011 - 5th ODI". 
  18. ^ "Pakistan in West Indies ODI Series, 2011 - 2nd ODI". 
  19. ^ "Pakistan in South Africa ODI Series, 2013 - 2nd ODI". 
  20. ^ "Pakistan v New Zealand ODI Series, 2014 - 3rd ODI". 
  21. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015 - 25th match, Pool B". 
  22. ^ "Pakistan in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2015 - 4th ODI". 
  23. ^ "Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Series, 2013". ESPNcricinfo. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  24. ^ "Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Series, 2013 - 1st match". ESPNcricinfo. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Series, 2013 - 2nd match". ESPNcricinfo. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  26. ^ "ICC World Twenty20 - 27th match, Group 2 – Bangladesh v Pakistan Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 

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