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|Full name||Ahmed Shahzad|
23 November 1991 |
|Nickname||Shehzada (Prince) , Selfie King |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Test debut (cap 216)||31 December 2013 v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||9 November −13 November 2014 v New Zealand|
|ODI debut (cap 172)||24 April 2009 v Australia|
|Last ODI||19 December 2014 v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||19|
|T20I debut (cap 26)||7 May 2009 v Australia|
|Last T20I||22 May 2015 v Zimbabwe|
|Domestic team information|
|2007||Habib Bank Limited|
|2013||Khulna Royal Bengal|
|2013||Pakistan A cricket team|
|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 and also a part-time legbreak bowler. He used to play domestic cricket for Habib Bank Limited. He made his One Day International debut for Pakistan on 24 April 2009 against Australia and also debut T20I on 7 May 2009 against same team.
- 1 Background and personal life
- 2 Domestic career
- 3 International career
- 4 International centuries
- 5 Records and achievements
- 6 Controversies
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Background and personal life
The emerging star of Pakistani cricket team “Ahmed Shehzad” was born on 23 November 1991 in the city of Lahore. He belongs to the Pakhtoon tribe “Afridi” (very few people know about this fact) when he was only eight months, his father died.
In limited-overs domestic cricket Ahmed Shehzad plays for Lahore Lions and in June 2011 during the Faysal Bank T-20 Super Eights Shehzad top scored the innings by scoring 74 of 47 balls imposing a mammoth total of 218 against the opposition Sialkot Stallions who in turn were bowled out for 173 Shehzad took two-catches and a wicket as well he was rewarded man-of the match for his superb performances.
A naturally-aggressive batsman hailing 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 scored one boundary before he was run-out. The following match he scored 40 in an innings that included 4 fours. The third match he scored 43 but this time just scored 2 fours and in the final match of the series he scored 19 with 1 boundary to his name before he was given out leg-before. These consistent performances meant that Shehzad made his Twenty20 debut 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 he only played one-game which was the opening game against England being caught by Paul Collingwood Pakistan changed their combination removing Shehzad and his partner Salman Butt and replaced them with Shahzaib Hasan and Kamran Akmal.
However he was recalled to the side in late 2010 for a tour to New Zealand. He sparkled with good performances in T20Is and ODIs too. He scored his maiden T20I fifty at Christchurch and then went on to score his 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. Ahmed Shahzad was shortlisted for the Pakistan A match against South Africa in the UAE in October 2013. He scored a fifty in the game and was selected for one of the 3 remaining slots in the Test squad alongside Shan Masood and Asad Shafiq. He was, however, not selected in the playing XI in either of the 2 Tests against South Africa. In his 3rd test match Shahzad scored a maiden century  against Sri Lanka. He scored 147 run from 275 balls and batted for 339 minutes, hit 12 fours and a six.
2011 – 2012
The good show 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. A fruitful period soon followed as he grew in confidence and stature and a pile of handy scores stood out to prove his matured second-coming. The South African tour proved to be a watershed moment in his career. A brilliant century in Port Elizabeth helped Pakistan become the first Asian team to win a bi-lateral ODI series in South Africa. A decent ODI series against the Proteas in the UAE and South Africa and then against Sri Lanka in the UAE paved the way for for a much awaited Test debut against Sri Lanka.This was based on good showing in the limited overs leg of the tour. He debuted in the first Test, and was presented his first Test cap by Younis Khan. He scored 38 in the first innings and 55 in the second. The match was drawn. He didn't disappoint as he hit a confident fifty in the second innings in Abu Dhabi and sent out a message that he can adapt quickly to any format of the game.
2014 - 2015
He scored hundreds against Australia and New Zealand, 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 smashed his sixth ODI century in the third game. Shehzad is an integral part of the team that was picked for the 2015 World Cup.
- In the column Runs, * indicates being not out
- The column title Match refers to the Match Number of the player's career
|Ahmed Shehzad's Test centuries|
|1||147||3||Sri Lanka||Sharjah, United Arab Emirates||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium||2014||Won|
|2||131||6||Australia||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Dubai Sports City||2014||Won|
|3||176||8||New Zealand||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Sheikh Zayed Stadium||2014||Won|
One Day International centuries
|Ahmed Shehzad's One Day International centuries|
|1||115||8||New Zealand||Hamilton, New Zealand||Seddon Park||2011||Won|
|2||102||16||West Indies||Gros Islet, Saint Lucia||Beausejour Stadium||2011||Won|
|3||102||34||South Africa||Port Elizabeth, South Africa||St George's Oval||2013||Won|
|4||124||37||Sri Lanka||Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Dubai International Cricket Stadium||2013||Lost|
|5||103||44||Bangladesh||Dhaka, Bangladesh||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium||2014||Won|
|6||113||54||New Zealand||Sharjah, United Arab Emirates||Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium||2014||Won|
Twenty20 International centuries
|Ahmed Shehzad's Twenty20 International centuries|
|1||111*||25||Bangladesh||Dhaka, Bangladesh||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium||2014||Won|
Records and achievements
- Ahmed Shehzad becomes first Pakistani to score T20 hundred.
- He is the 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 T20 innings by a Pakistani
- Ahmed Shahzad is the first Pakistani opener to hit four Sixes in a Test Innings.
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Shehzad doesn’t back away from speaking his mind! After smashing a ton against Bangladesh in the World T20, he dedicated the century to all his critics, who had “said things about him.” As luck would have it, he was dismissed first ball in the next game.
In 2014, he also came under fire for allegedly passing a religious remark to Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan. The accepted version of his statement seems to be: If you are a non-Muslim and you turn Muslim, no matter whatever you do in your life, straight to Heaven
- "Shehzad leads Pak fight". Thedailystar.net. 2014-01-19. Retrieved 2014-08-13.
- "Debut Match score card". Retrieved 5 January 2014.