Shabbir Ahmed is a former Pakistani right-arm medium-fast bowler who could move the ball both ways with pace. He got famous at international cricket due to his straight line and length and tight wicket to wicket bowling. He made the mark in test cricket with impressive performances at the start, but an unfortunate incident took place in 2005 when he got a one year ban from cricket, and he could not play long after that. This article has all the information about Shabbir, including Shabbir Ahmed Biography.
|In Urdu:||شپیر احمد|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Date:||21st April 1976|
|Bowling Style:||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Batting Style:||Right hand bat|
|Matches:||10 in Tests & 32 in ODIs|
|Wickets :||51 in Tests & 53 in ODIs|
|Bowling Average:||23.03 in Tests & 36.12 in ODIs|
|Test Debut:||20 August 2003 v Bangladesh|
|Test Last:||12 November 2005 v England|
|ODI Debut:||19 September 1999 v West Indies|
|ODI Last:||22 May 2005 v West Indies|
|T20 Debut :||Karachi Zebras v Multan Tigers at Lahore, Apr 25, 2005|
|Only T20I :||2 February 2007 v South Africa|
|T20 Last:||United Bank Limited v Water and Power Development Authority at Karachi, Jul 12, 2013|
Shabbir Ahmed Biography
Shabbir came in international cricket in 1999 and got an opportunity to represent Pakistan in all three formats. His best performance came in tests. In his 10 test internationals for the national team, he took a total of 51 wickets, becoming the joint-fastest bowler to have fifty wickets in first ten test games, His test bowling average was 23.03 in 19 innings, including a couple of five-wicket hauls to his name. While he was featured in 32 One Day Internationals for the national team, he claimed a total of 33 wickets at an average of 36.12. He was part of only one T20I match for Pakistan against South-Africa and could not take any T20 wickets.
Shabbir date of Birth
He was born on 21st Apr 1976 at Khanewal, Punjab.
Shabbir started playing cricket as a batsman, but due to his height, he later moved to bowl as a tall fast bowler. He started playing professional cricket in his early 20s from the 1997-98 domestic season. He played in first-class and List-A cricket in the same year.
- He has played in all three formats of domestic cricket. In his 100 first-class games, Shabbir has taken a massive 406 wickets at an impressive average of 22.32. In a first-class career, he has dismissed five or more batsmen in a match for 19 times. Shabbir has also been part of 128 List-A matches and has 167 wickets to his name in that span of time. His List-A bowling average is 28.92, with a couple of fifers into his account in this form of cricket.
- In 18 T20s, he has claimed 23 wickets at an average of 20.95, including a five-wicket haul. Besides Pakistan, he has played for various other teams, including Pakistan Reserves, ICL Pakistan XI, Redko Pakistan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Chennai Superstars, Rest of Punjab, WAPDA, National Bank of Pakistan, Gloucestershire and the rest.
International Career and Achievements
- Shabbir started his test career for Pakistan on 20th Aug 2003 against Bangladesh. In the debut match, he dismissed eight batsmen and helped Pakistan win the game by seven wickets. His second match did not go well as he only took a couple of wickets while in the third match against the same opposition Bangladesh Shabbir claimed seven wickets and contributed in his team’s victory.
- After that, he took more than five wickets against each of the opposite teams, including South-Africa and New-Zealand, and showed his bowling class. In the final year of his test cricket, he took 13 wickets in two games against West-Indies. He played his last test match for Pakistan on 12th Nov 2005 against England and got five wickets in total as Pakistan won that match by 22 runs.
- Shabbir was a very economical bowler in One Day International matches, but he could never make an impact with his bowling due to lack of wickets in this form of cricket. His career-best ODI bowling came against Bangladesh, where he took three wickets for 32 in his quota of ten overs. He showed a similar performance against India on 19th Mar 2004, picking up three wickets for 33 runs in 10 overs. Pakistan came as glorious in both matches.
- He could only play in 32 ODIs for Pakistan from 1999-2005 before he got a one-year ban from cricket. After the expiry of the ban, he participated in a T20 International game for Pakistan, which turned out to be his last game for the national team. In his only T20I match, he went wicketless with figures of 19/0 in 1.3 overs.