Test and ODIsHe was express when he made his ODI debut, picking up three wickets but he was immediately reported - and has since reduced his pace considerably. His Test career began in impressive style as well with an eight-wicket haul against Bangladesh in Karachi, on a track that offered no assistance to the pace bowlers and in most performances since, around the world, he has picked up wickets and stemmed the flow of runs. A genial, unassuming character who started playing cricket as a batsman, his laidback personality only enhances the poignancy of what has happened to him.He had an impressive start to his One-Day International career after picking up three wickets (all three bowled out) with two wickets in his very first over, in his debut against the West Indies at Toronto.
Playing StyleHe is a tall (6'5"), Pakistani fast bowler. He extracts a great deal of bounce, even on lifeless wickets, and bowling from close to the stumps much like Glenn McGrath allows him to stick to a tight wicket-to-wicket line. He seams and cuts more than he swings, often sharply and both ways and is a sound exponent of reverse swing.
One year banShabbir had taken 51 wickets in 10 tests, when in 2005 after playing the first Test against England he was reported to the ICC for an illegal bowling action. Following an investigation into his action, Ahmed was banned from cricket for one year in December 2005.
Return to cricketAs of 21 December 2006, having completed his one-year term, Shabbir is once again eligible to play International Cricket. However if Shabbir is reported again, he will be suspended from bowling at international level until his action is reassessed. Currently Shabbir is playing in the Pakistani domestic competition.
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