Sarfraz Ahmed (Cricketer)

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Sarfraz Ahmed (Urdu: سرفراز احمد) is a wicketkeeper and batsman who plays international cricket for Pakistan. He is the national T20I captain of the Pakistan national cricket team and also the appointed vice captain in the ODI format of the game. Sarfraz Ahmed is a wicketkeeper and batsman who plays international cricket for Pakistan. He is the national T20I captain of the Pakistan national cricket team and also the appointed vice captain in the ODI format of the game.
  • Personal
  • Name:

    Sarfraz Ahmed

  • Famous As:

    Saifi

  • Nationality:

    Pakistan

  • Residence:

    Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

  • Religion:

    Islam

  • Profession:

    Cricketer

  • Height:

    5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)

  • Born
  • Date:

    22 May 1987

  • Place:

    Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan

  • Family
  • Spouse:

    Syeda Khusbaht

  • Children:

    Abdullah Sarfraz (Son)

  • Parents:

    Shakeel Ahmed Siddiqui (Father)

  • Career
  • National Side:

    Pakistan

  • Team Role:

    Wicket-keeper/captain of T20/ODI team

  • Batting Style:

    Right-handed

  • Matches:

    25 in Tests, 59 in ODIs, 21 in T20s

  • Batting Average:

    43.79 in Tests, 29.16 in ODIs, 29.10 in T20s

  • Catches/Stumpings:

    61/17 in Tests, 54/19 in ODIs, 3/2 in T20s

  • Runs Scored:

    1489 in Tests, 1079 in ODIs, 291 in T20s

  • Test Debut:

    14 January 2010 v Australia

  • Test Last:

    14 July 2016 v England

  • ODI Debut:

    18 November 2007 v India

  • ODI Last:

    4 September 2016 v England

  • ODI Shirt Number:

    54

  • T20 Debut :

    England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Feb 19, 2010

  • T20 Last:

    Pakistan v West Indies at Abu Dhabi, Sep 27, 2016

  • 100s / 50s:

    3/7 in Tests, 2/3 in ODIs, 0/2 in T20s

  • Top Score:

    112 in Tests, 101* in ODIs, 76* in T20s

  • Domestic team:

    Karachi Dolphins, Karachi Harbour, Pakistan A, Pakistan International Airlines, Pakistan Under-19s, Quetta Gladiators, Sind

Career

One Day International

Sarfraz made his ODI debut in the final match of the series, on 18 November 2007. He didn't get a chance to bat as Pakistan had won the match before he was needed to bat.In 2015, Sarfraz was selected for 2015 Cricket World Cup but did not get a chance to play in the first four matches. Due to the first frequent losses, he was selected for Pakistan's fifth match of the event against South Africa where he scored 49 runs off 49 balls and took 6 catches as wicket-keeper to equal the one day international record for most dismissals. He was rewarded with the Man of the Match award. In his second match in the world cup he scored 101* against Ireland and he was again named the Man of the Match. The win gave Pakistan a spot in the Quarterfinals of the World Cup Sarfraz's notable achievement during the early days of his career was the victory at the U-19 World Cup in 2006 where he led the Pakistani team and defeated India in the final in a low-scoring encounter.

Test Career

Sarfraz Ahmed Win the Match
Sarfraz Ahmed Win the Match
He made his Test debut against Australia on January 14, 2010 in Hobart and soon was dropped. He was recalled for national duty for the South African tour, during which he played three Test matches. Unfortunately, he could perform well only in the last Test match in Centurion. He kept his place in the side for the home Test series against Sri Lanka and did fairly well, including a quick-fire knock in the second innings of the third Test, which saw Pakistan pull off a dramatic win in Sharjah. In  the third Test match against Australia, replacing Kamran Akmal who suffered an "error-ridden performance" in the second Test.[1] dropped Kamran heads- espncricinfo He was dropped again after one match.

Back to international cricket 2011

Sarfraz returned to the international team for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in November 2011 and for the subsequent series against Bangladesh and the 2012 Asia Cup. In the final of the tournament he scored a crucial 46 not out (the highest score from his team) as Pakistan won the match by 2 runs. He was consequently rewarded a Category C contract and selected for Pakistan's next series against Sri Lanka, again for ODIs.

Captaincy

T20s Captaincy

After Shahid Afridi stepped down as T20 skipper on 3 April 2016, the PCB appointed Sarfraz captain of the national T20 team on 5 April 2016. He won his first match in the only T20I against England by nine wickets. Later his team defeated the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 champions, West Indies with a whitewash in a 3 match series.[2] Pakistan whitewash World T20 This was the first time that Pakistan has completed a whitewash in a 3 match T20I series.The West Indies squad, already deprived of big names like Gayle, Sammy and Simmons received another jolt when Andre Russell withdrew from the squad based on personal reasons.Having said that, credit should also be given to Pakistan, and Sarfraz's captaincy. Sarfraz managed his bowlers well throughout the series and the bowlers also bowled well, bowling with accuracy and not allowing the West Indies batsmen to attack them.

Vice-captaincy

After Misbah retired from the ODI format of the game after 2015 Cricket World Cup, Sarfraz was emerging to be a potential successor. However the PCB went with Azhar Ali for the captaincy and considering Sarfraz led the Pakistan U-19 team, appointed him as the vice captain of the ODI as well as the T20 team.

ODI Captaincy

Former Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan are rebuilding a team of youngsters and the ODI and T20I captain Sarfraz Ahmed needs to find players who fit in his plans.[3] Need Sarfraz Ahmed In his first series as ODI captain, Pakistan beat West Indies 2-1. In ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Sarfraz Ahmed leading Pakistani cricket team as a Captain. "We have a better record against India in the Champions Trophy, not in other competitions. We are looking to maintain that against them and it's very exciting," he said at his pre-tournament press conference.[4]ICC Champions Trophy Captain  

After vice-captaincy

Zimbabawe ODI series 2015

Due to a foot injury sustained by usual ODI captain Azhar Ali, Sarfraz became the captain for the third ODI against Zimbabwe on 5 October 2015. He recorded first win in his debut match as captain.

PSL 2016

He was picked by Quetta Gladiators in the PSL players draft on December 21, 2015. He was selected to be the franchise captain for the 2016 season. He led the Gladiators all the way through to the final, losing only two matches before it. But still his team just couldn't make it and they lost in the final to Islamabad United.[5] Islamabad crowned PSL- tribune .Misbah opted to bowl first after winning the toss and the Gladiators, riding on the back of half-tons by Ahmed Shehzad (64) and Kumar Sangakkara (55), scored 174-7 in their 20 overs.

Sri Lanka Test series 2015

During the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle, Sarfraz stabilized the Pakistan Innings by a knock of 96 runs in just 85 balls just could not score the century and was bowled by Sri Lankan pacer Dhammika Prasad. During his knock he became the 7th Pakistani wicketkeeper to reach 1000 Test runs, in 28 inns, jointly the fastest Pakistani wicket-keeper with Imtiaz Ahmed. The knock also gave him the Man of the Match award. Sarfraz was dropped from the T20 series that followed the Test series against Sri Lanka. Many fans back home were shocked and started to raise questions.[6] Dropping Sarfraz Ahmed- thenewstribe Pakistani coach Waqar Younis said on 6 August that Sarfraz is a key Pakistani player and he should be the next T20 captain of Pakistan.[7] Sarfraz should next captain- tribune

Sitara-e-Imtiaz

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed on Friday 23rd March 2018 became the youngest Pakistani cricketer to receive the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the third highest civil award of Pakistan. 30-year-old Sarfaraz, who led Pakistan to the Champions Trophy title last year, was conferred with the award by Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair at the Governor House in Karachi. Speaking to Geo.tv after receiving the award, Sarfaraz said such an honour would encourage him to do more for the country. “It is matter of great honour for me and my family,” Sarfraz told Geo.tv. “Whatever I am today is because of Pakistan and I will continue to serve my country in every capacity I am in,” he said, adding that this award was very encouraging for a youngster like him. [8] Sitara-e- Imtiaz

Awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz

The federal  government has decided to award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz to three former and one existing captains of Pakistan cricket team for their services for Pakistan’s  cricket.On 23 March ( Pakistan Day) every year, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz is awarded to people who show exceptional devotion and commitment in their respective fields. This year, Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed and former captains Misbahul Haq Shahid Khan Afridi and  Younis Khan will also get this prestigious award.Younis Khan is the only batsman from  Pakistan who has scored 10,000 runs in Test cricket. Pakistan also won T20 World Cup in 2009 under the captaincy of  Younis Khan.Misbahul Haq is the most successful Test captain of Pakistan. Under his captaincy, Pakistan gained top spot in Test Rankings.Shahid Khan Afridi’s record of fastest ODI century was broken after 16 years. He played a crucial role in the victory of Pakistan team in the semi-final and final of the 2009 T20 World Cup.Sarfaraz Ahmed led Pakistan to victory in the Champions Trophy and also made Pakistan the top T20 team of the world.[9]  Awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz  


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