Arshad Khan

Country: Pakistan
Born: March 22, 1971, Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Arshad Khan Bio

Arshad Khan: The Traditional Offspinner from Pakistan

Arshad Khan, a cricket player hailing from the traditional home of fast bowlers, Peshawar, defied the odds by becoming an offspinner. Standing tall and possessing a conventional action, Arshad brought a breath of fresh air to the off-spinning world. With a traditional approach to his craft, he relied on bounce and, on certain pitches, significant turn.

Arshad made his debut against the West Indies in the 1997-1998 season. From there, he gradually developed into a steady and restrictive bowler. Known for his ability to keep the opposition’s run rate in check, he played a crucial role in many matches. Just a year after his debut, Arshad put on a sensational performance, taking five wickets for just 38 runs, helping Pakistan secure victory over Sri Lanka in the Asian Test Championship final held in Dhaka.

However, despite his early success, Arshad faced a rollercoaster ride in his international career. He found himself in and out of the Test side until 2001 when he was dropped for a further four years after playing a Test against England. During this period, he focused on honing his skills in domestic cricket. His perseverance paid off as he earned a recall to the national team for Pakistan’s tour of India in 2005.

Although he was only selected for one Test, the final match in Bangalore, Arshad made his presence felt. He played a pivotal role in Pakistan’s victory, taking two crucial wickets in the second innings, including the prized scalp of Rahul Dravid. His contributions demonstrated his value and skill to the team.

In addition to his international career, Arshad also had success at the domestic level. He displayed his leadership abilities by captaining the Peshawar Panthers to victory in the ABN-AMRO Cup Gold League in 2007. His tactical astuteness and ability to inspire his teammates were instrumental in achieving this remarkable feat.

However, in February 2008, Arshad’s future with the Pakistan team faced a significant setback. He signed with the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League, a decision that dashed hopes of a national team comeback. This move effectively ended his chances of representing Pakistan at the international level.

Throughout his career, Arshad displayed resilience and dedication to his craft. He defied expectations by becoming an offspinner from a region known for producing fast bowlers. His conventional action and approach distinguished him from his peers, making him a player to be reckoned with on the field.

While his career may have taken an unexpected turn, Arshad’s contributions to Pakistan cricket, particularly in Test matches, are a testament to his ability and commitment. His statistical achievements can be seen through his performances, such as the memorable 5-38 against Sri Lanka and his crucial wickets in Bangalore.

Arshad Khan’s story serves as an inspiration for aspiring cricketers, highlighting the importance of perseverance, adaptability, and staying true to one’s strengths. Despite the challenges he faced, he carved out a respectable career, leaving a mark on Pakistan cricket history.

Arshad Khan Career Stats

Arshad Khan Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 9 8 2 31 9* 5.16 168 18.45 0 0 3 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 58 29 18 133 20 12.09 217 61.29 0 0 6 1 10 0
FC 187 249 37 2759 79* 13.01 - - 0 6 - - 85 0
List A 164 95 41 576 35* 10.66 - - 0 0 - - 44 0
T20s 9 5 1 26 11 6.5 24 108.33 0 0 2 1 0 0

Arshad Khan Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 9 17 2538 960 32 5/38 7/92 30 2.26 79.3 1 1 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 58 56 2823 1948 56 4/33 4/33 34.78 4.14 50.4 1 0 0
FC 187 - 34887 14471 601 8/80 - 24.07 2.48 58 - 30 6
List A 164 - 8322 5298 189 5/21 5/21 28.03 3.81 44 5 1 0
T20s 9 9 190 236 7 2/40 2/40 33.71 7.45 27.1 0 0 0

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