Saqlain Mushtaq

Saqlain Mushtaq (Cricketer)

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If most right handed batsmen in the world today curse their luck for getting out to an off-spinner's 'doosra', the ball which spins the other way, they need to direct the blame in the direction of Lahore born Saqlain Mushtaq. The spin bowling scene of the late nineties was a variety in itself; Kumble and Warne were different kind of leg spinners, Muralitharan was a wrist-spinning off-spinner and Mushtaq was the orthodox off spinner who could spin it the other way with a normal off-spinning delivery's grip.

Title Description
Name: Saqlain Mushtaq
Famous As: Off-spinner
Nationality: Pakistan
Residence: Lahore, Punjab
Religion: Islam
Profession: Cricketer
Date: 29 December 1976
Place: Lahore, Punjab,Pakistan
Spouse: Sana Mushtaq (m. 1999)
Siblings : Sibtain Mushtaq, Zulqurnain Mushtaq
National Side: Pakistan
Team Role: Bowler
Bowling Style: Right-arm offbreak
Batting Style: Right Handed Bat
Matches: 49 in Tests, 169 in ODIs, 194 in FC, 323 in LA
Wickets : 208 in Tests, 288in ODIs, 833in FC, 478 in LA
Bowling Average: 29.83 in Tests, 21.78 in ODIs, 23.56 in FC, 23.55 in LA
Batting Average: 14.48 in Tests, 11.85 in ODIs, 16.69 in FC, 11.64 in LA
5 wickets in Innings : 13 in Tests, 6 in ODIs, 60 in FC, 7 in LA
10 wickets in Match: 3 in Tests, n/a in ODIs, 15 in FC, n/a in LA
Best Bowling: 8/164 in Tests, 5/20in ODIs, 8/65in FC, 5/20 in LA
Catches/Stumpings: 15/– in Tests, 40/–in ODIs, 67/–in FC, 80/– in LA
Balls Bowled: 14,070 in Tests, 8,770 in ODIs, 44,634in FC, 16,062 in LA
Runs Scored: 927 in Tests, 711in ODIs, 3,405in FC, 1,339 in LA
Test Debut: 8 September 1995 v Sri Lanka
Test Last: 1 April 2004 v India
ODI Debut: 29 September 1995 v Sri Lanka
ODI Last: 7 October 2003 v South Africa
100s / 50s: 1/ in Tests, 0/0 in ODIs, 1/14 in FC, 0/0 in LA
Top Score: 101* in Tests, 37* in ODIs, 101* in FC, 38* in LA
Domestic team: Pakistan Intl. Airlines, Islamabad, Surrey, Lahore, Sussex

Early life

Saqlain was born on 29 December 1976, in Lahore to a government clerk. He has two elder brothers, Sibtain, who also played first-class cricket for Lahore, and Zulqurnain. Saqlain played for Govt. M.A.O College Lahore for three years and college won the Championship each year.[1] Saqlain Mushtaq crickinfo  :ref:{ cricketer of the yearncrickinfo } Saqlain never played cricket at school level, but start paying cricket in Zariff Memorial Club Second Eleven when he was only 13. He always wanted to be an off-spinner: " I never wanted to be a quick bowler. I was very skinny and never had too much strength in the body." Saqlain was coached by his brothers, and Ahmed Hassan at the club level. At the age of 14 he went to the Govt. M.A.O College Lahore where he was coached by Mumtaz Akhtar Butt. He played for the college and won the championship for three consecutive years.


Test career

Saqlain  mushtaq made his Test debut in September 1995 playing against Sri Lanka at Arbab Niaz Stadium, Peshawar. He picked up four wickets at an average of 26.75 in the match,and accumulated nine wickets in the series playing in two Tests. His next remarkable series was against the same team, where he topped the list of highest wicket takers, with 14 in two Tests,including nine wickets in the first match of the series.Six month later, he took a five-wicket haul against South Africa at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium first Test of the home series.In the next home series, against West Indies, he played in the third Test at the National Stadium, Karachi. He took nine wickets for 80 runs earning him the man of the match award, and ensured Pakistan's clean sweep against the touring side.His next prominent performance was against Zimbabwe at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, where he claimed a five-wicket haul.

One Day International career

Saqlain made his One Day International (ODI) debut in September 1995 against Sri Lanka at the Municipal Stadium, Gujranwala. He could not take any wicket, but Pakistan won the match by 9 wickets. His first match winning performance came against same team in the final match of 1996 Singer Cup. He took 3 wickets in the match. His career-best bowling figure in this format is 5 wickets for 20 runs against England at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, in October 2000. He took five-wicket hauls in ODIs on six occasions.

Domestic career

started his first-class career in 1994-95 at the age of 17. In his first season, he took 52 wickets, and was selected to play for Pakistan A in a one-day tournament at Dhaka. In September 1995, he got international recognition, taking seven wickets for the PCB Patron's Eleven against the visiting Sri Lankans. Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram said about him that he was "the greatest off-spinner he has seen" and "as aggressive as a fast bowler, not afraid of getting hit, and has this total belief in himself.In April 2009, he joined Old Whigiftians to play in the Surrey Championship. He took 64 wickets in his first season, including five 5 wicket hauls to earn Whits promotion to the first division.In April 2009, he joined Old Whigiftians CC to play in the Surrey Championship. He took 64 wickets in his first season, including five 5 wicket hauls to earn Whits promotion to the first division. He was also involved in the youth game setup. In 2010, after relocating to Leicestershire, he joined Syston Town Cricket Club, playing in the Everards County League. In late 2010, he was training in Taunton at the facilities of Somerset County Cricket Club, whom he has now joined as a temporary spin-bowling coach for the 2011 Caribbean Twenty20 competition.On 11 April 2013, it was announced that Saqlain would be joining Birmingham League Division Three Side Evesham for the 2013 Season. Coaching Career Saqlain Mushtaq was appointed by the ECB as England's spin consultant for the home series against Pakistan. On 29 October 2016, the ECB decided to use Saqlain's services to prepare England team for the test series against India.On 13 November 2016, it was announced that he will remain with the England team until the end of the third Test in Mohali after agreeing an extension to his deal with the ECB.

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