Shabbir Ahmed

Country: Pakistan
Born: April 21, 1976, Khanewal, Punjab
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast medium
Playing role: Bowler

Shabbir Ahmed Bio

Shabbir Ahmed Khan is a Pakistani cricketer who had a promising career but was unfortunately plagued by controversy and setbacks. Born on September 12, 1976, in Pakistan, Shabbir is a tall and gangly fast-medium bowler who stands at an impressive height of 6’5″.

Shabbir’s journey in cricket began with high hopes as he quickly made a name for himself. He showcased immense potential as he became the joint-fastest Pakistani bowler to reach 50 Test wickets, achieving this feat in just 10 matches, a record he shares with the legendary Waqar Younis.

One of Shabbir’s notable strengths as a bowler is his ability to extract significant bounce from the wicket, even on lifeless tracks. Unlike most Pakistani fast bowlers who rely on swing, Shabbir is known for his seam and cut bowling techniques. His style is often compared to that of Glenn McGrath, as he consistently bowls a tight line just outside the off-stump, making it difficult for batsmen to score runs. Furthermore, Shabbir is skilled in reverse swing, adding yet another dimension to his already impressive bowling repertoire.

Shabbir’s career took off with a bang in both Test and One Day International (ODI) formats. In his ODI debut, he made an immediate impact by picking up three wickets. However, his joy was short-lived as he was subsequently reported for a suspected bowling action. Since then, Shabbir has made adjustments and has reduced his pace considerably to comply with the strict regulations imposed by the cricketing authorities.

In Test cricket, Shabbir also marked his entry with an exceptional performance. He showcased his talent by taking an impressive eight-wicket haul against Bangladesh in Karachi. Despite the unhelpful conditions for pace bowlers, Shabbir managed to provide vital breakthroughs for his team while keeping the opposition’s run-scoring in check. Even in subsequent matches around the world, he consistently proved his worth by taking wickets and maintaining a tight grip on the opposition’s scoring rate.

Off the field, Shabbir is known for his genial and unassuming personality. He started his cricketing journey as a batsman and later transitioned to bowling. His calm and laidback demeanor only heightens the tragedy of the setbacks he has faced throughout his career.

Regrettably, Shabbir’s career hit a major roadblock when he was hit with a one-year ban in December 2005. This ban was imposed due to concerns over his suspect bowling action, making it the fourth time he had faced such allegations. Shabbir’s ban has cast a shadow over what could have been a flourishing career filled with numerous achievements.

Although the ban will forever blight his career, Shabbir Ahmed Khan will be remembered as a talented cricketer who displayed immense potential. His ability to extract bounce, seam, and cut from the wicket, along with his knack for reverse swing, made him a formidable opponent for any batsman. Despite the setbacks he has faced, Shabbir’s contributions to Pakistani cricket remain a testament to his skill and dedication to the game.

Shabbir Ahmed Career Stats

Shabbir Ahmed Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 10 15 5 88 24* 8.8 234 37.6 0 0 10 0 3 0
T20Is 1 - - - - - - - - - - - 0 0
ODIs 32 11 5 10 2 1.66 29 34.48 0 0 0 0 10 0
FC 100 141 32 1144 50 10.49 - - 0 1 - - 34 0
List A 128 68 23 474 42 10.53 - - 0 0 - - 26 0
T20s 18 10 2 64 22* 8 66 96.96 0 0 2 4 5 0

Shabbir Ahmed Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 10 19 2576 1175 51 5/48 8/109 23.03 2.73 50.5 5 2 0
T20Is 1 1 12 19 0 - - - 9.5 - 0 0 0
ODIs 32 32 1642 1192 33 3/32 3/32 36.12 4.35 49.7 0 0 0
FC 100 - 18713 9065 406 7/70 - 22.32 2.9 46 - 19 0
List A 128 - 6573 4830 167 5/24 5/24 28.92 4.4 39.3 3 2 0
T20s 18 18 389 482 23 5/23 5/23 20.95 7.43 16.9 0 1 0

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