|Full name||Arshad Khan|
22 March 1971 |
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm offbreak|
|Test debut (cap 149)||17 November 1997 v West Indies|
|Last Test||24 March 2005 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 87)||1 February 1993 v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||11 February 2006 v India|
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 19 February 2006
Arshad was first picked to play against the West Indies during the 1997–98 season, and the following year, was part of the team which won the Asian Test Championship at Dhaka against Sri Lanka. He was a regular inclusion in the Pakistani side until 2001, at which point the selectors dropped him and he went back to domestic cricket.
Four years later, a strong performance in the Pakistani domestic championship meant that Arshad earned a recall for Pakistan's 2005 tour of India. He performed credibly, particularly in the Bangalore Test, which Pakistan won in the last session to draw the series.
During the 2005 One Day International series against England, Arshad was used in the second and fifth matches and proved effective at repressing the England batsmen, allowing very few runs to be scored off him and also taking wickets. During the fifth match, his economy was just over 3 runs per over – a very good figure for any bowler, especially a spinner.
A tall man at 6'4", Arshad bowls in a classical off-spinner's mould, preferring a nagging line to any great variation. Picked under a "horses for courses" policy, he has failed to establish himself as a permanent member of the Pakistani team.
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