10 December 1978 |
Okara, Punjab, Pakistan
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Test debut (cap 215)||14–17 October 2013 v South Africa|
|Last Test||23–26 October 2013 v South Africa|
|T20I debut (cap 52)||27 July 2013 v West Indies|
|Last T20I||8 December 2013 v Afghanistan|
|T20I shirt no.||78|
|Source: Cricinfo, 10 December 2013|
Zulfiqar Babar (born December 10, 1978, Okara, Punjab, Pakistan) is a First-class Pakistani cricketer. He is a left-arm spinner and right-handed batsman with plenty of experience.He has represented Multan Tigers, Quetta Bears, Water and Power Development Authority and Pakistan A cricket team.
The lack of top-class facilities, though, didn't diminish his hunger or ambition. Despite not breaking through to the national team earlier, Babar made sure his name was always in the reckoning by consistently being among the wickets.
In the 2009/10 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy, he took 69 wickets at 16.42. A national call-up didn't come about then, but the selectors couldn't look away when he took 93 first-class wickets in 13 games in the 2012/13 season, at an average of 17.04.
He sealed his case when he took 6 for 22 in a practice game between Pakistan Chief Ministers XI and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman's XI in October 2013.
Babar made his T20I debut on July 27, 2013, against West Indies, one of the oldest Pakistani players to do so, aged 34 years 229 days.
Although Babar is Pakistan's second oldest T20 debutant after Inzamam-ul-Haq, who was 36 years 178 days, he is unfazed. He says,"I always leave such matters in the hands of Allah. Perhaps, it was my destiny to be playing for Pakistan at a time when people would be seriously considering other options in life."
He picked up 3 for 23 and was the highest wicket-taker for his team in the game. He also scored an invaluable 13* off 17 balls, and hit a six of the last ball of the innings to guide his team to a 2-wicket victory. He also scored 11* off 6 balls in the next game and picked up 2 more wickets for 37. He was the highest wicket-taker in the series and was named Man of the Series in his debut series. He is targeting getting his ODI and Test caps soon.
He took 3 wickets of JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis and Robin Peterson in first innings and took wicket of Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn in second Innings showing his spinning abilities helped Pakistan to win the match by seven wickets.
Babar hails from Okara, a small town 85 miles away from Lahore and is the first from the town to play for Pakistan in 65 years.
Babar is the son of former Pakistani international footballer, Abdul Ghaffar, who played one game for Pakistan. Babar says his father never forced him to play soccer, knowing his son's passion for cricket. Babar has two sons with an interest in cricket.