Fakhar Zaman (cricketer)

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Fakhar Zaman فخر زمان
Born (1990-04-10) 10 April 1990 (age 28)
EducationPakistan Navy School
Cricket information
BattingLeft handed
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RoleOpening batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 234)16 October 2018 v Australia
Last Test3 January 2019 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 212)7 June 2017 v South Africa
Last ODI11 November 2018 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.39
T20I debut (cap 74)30 March 2017 v West Indies
Last T20I4 November 2018 v New Zealand
T20I shirt no.39
Domestic team information
2017–presentLahore Qalandars (squad no. 39)
2017–presentBaluchistan (squad no. 39)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I LA
Matches 2 26 22 75
Runs scored 184 1,275 646 3,633
Batting average 46.00 57.95 30.76 53.42
100s/50s 0/2 3/8 0/4 10/23
Top score 94 210* 91 210*
Balls bowled 99 731
Wickets 1 18
Bowling average 80.00 33.77
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/19 5/27
Catches/stumpings 1/– 12/– 3/– 32/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 3 January 2019
Military career

Fakhar Zaman (Urdu: فخر زمان‎, Pashto: فخر زمان‎; born 10 April 1990) is a Pakistani cricketer and former Pakistan Navy sailor who plays for the Pakistan national cricket team[1] and for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.[2]

On 20 July 2018, he became the first batsman for Pakistan to score a double century in a One Day International (ODI) match.[3] Two days later, he became the fastest batsman to score 1,000 runs in ODIs.[4] In August 2018, he was one of thirty-three players to be awarded a central contract for the 2018–19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).[5][6]

Domestic career[edit]

Zaman was born on 10 April 1990 in Katlang in the Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He moved to Karachi at the age of 16 following matriculation. In 2007, Zaman joined the Pakistan Navy as a sailor after receiving his schooling and training at sea from the Pakistan Navy School, Bahadur.[7][8][9] His choice of career was persuaded by his father, who was dissuaded by Fakhar's childhood addiction to cricket and wanted his son to focus on his academics.[10] The name Fakhar literally translates to "pride".[10] Amongst his teammates, he is known by the nickname fauji (soldier).[9][11][12]

In Karachi, Zaman continued playing cricket occasionally in inter-departmental matches, including representations for the Pakistan Navy cricket team. He was first identified by his navy coach, Azam Khan, who encouraged him to pursue professional cricket. In 2013, he left his naval career after a "tough decision" in pursuit of this dream and began appearing for regional outfits like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Abbottabad Falcons, Balochistan and several Karachi teams. He became the second-highest run scorer in the 2016 Pakistan Cup and also impressed selectors in the 2016–17 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He was also picked by the Lahore Qalandars side for the 2017 Pakistan Super League, where he was closely mentored by New Zealand player Brendon McCullum.[13] He was soon noticed by Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur during a training camp in Lahore, following which he earned a call-up for the national side.[11]

In August 2017, he was named in Durban Qalandars' squad for the first season of the T20 Global League.[14] However, in October 2017, Cricket South Africa initially postponed the tournament until November 2018, with it being cancelled soon after.[15]

International career[edit]

Pakistan in West Indies 2017[edit]

In March 2017, he was named in Pakistan's limited overs squad for their matches against the West Indies.[16] He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Pakistan against the West Indies on 30 March 2017.[17]

2017 ICC Champions Trophy[edit]

In April 2017, he was named in Pakistan's One Day International (ODI) squad for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.[18] He made his ODI debut for Pakistan against South Africa in the Champions Trophy on 7 June 2017, scoring 31 runs.

In the final against India, Zaman edged to the wicket-keeper, when he was on 3, but survived as it was a no-ball.[19] After that, Zaman went on to score his maiden ODI century and helped Pakistan post a total of 338. With that, Zaman became the first batsman for Pakistan to score a century in an ICC event final.[20] India batting second collapsed and Pakistan won the match by 180 runs to become the winners of Champions Trophy for the first time. Zaman was adjudged man of the match for his batting performance.[21] Zaman and Azhar Ali's partnership in the match was 128 runs, making it the highest opening partnership in the Champions Trophy history for Pakistan, and the highest opening partnership in an ODI for Pakistan since 2009.[22][23]

Pakistan in Ireland and England 2018[edit]

In April 2018, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for their tours to Ireland and England in May 2018, but he did not play.[24]

2018 – Tri-Nation and Zimbabwe series[edit]

On 8 July 2018, Fakhar scored 91 runs against Australia in the tri-series final in Harare to help Pakistan secure the title. He was named man of the final and man of the series.[25][26] During his innings he also became the first Pakistani batsman to score 500 or more runs in T20Is in a calendar year.[27]

On 20 July 2018, in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe, he became the first batsman for Pakistan to score a double century in ODIs, finishing 210 not out.[28][29] In the same match, he and Imam-ul-Haq made the highest opening partnership in ODIs, scoring 304 runs.[30] His innings propelled Pakistan's total to 399, which was their highest score in ODIs.[31]

Two days later, in the fifth match of the series, Zaman became the fastest player to score 1,000 runs in ODIs.[4] He reached the milestone in 18 innings, beating the previous record of 21 innings, held by five other batsmen.[32] Zaman went on to score 85 runs in the match, bringing his total to 515 runs in the series, the most by a Pakistan batsman in a bilateral ODI series.[33] Zaman and Imam had scored 705 runs together across the series, the most by a pair in a bilateral ODI series.[33] Zaman also recorded the most runs scored by a batsman between two dismissals in ODIs, with 455.[34]

Australia in the UAE 2018[edit]

In September 2018, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for their series against Australia.[35] He made his Test debut for Pakistan against Australia on 16 October 2018.[36]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Fakhar Zaman - from king of Katlang to pride of Pakistan". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Zaman breaks 38-year-old record". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  5. ^ "PCB Central Contracts 2018–19". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  6. ^ "New central contracts guarantee earnings boost for Pakistan players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ Sheikh, Arslan (16 October 2016). "The Navy jawaan who would be Adam Gilchrist".
  8. ^ "India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final: Fakhar Zaman, the fauji who is now the pride of Pakistan". 20 June 2017.
  9. ^ a b "My number will come – Fakhar Zaman". Cricinfo. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  10. ^ a b Sundaresan, Bharat (19 June 2017). "India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final: Fakhar Zaman, the fauji who is now the pride of Pakistan". Indian Express. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  11. ^ a b Khan, Qaiser (17 June 2017). "Fakhar Zaman: From the Navy to cricket stardom". Geo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  12. ^ Collomosse, Tom (18 June 2017). "Brilliant Champions Trophy Final century shows Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman was right to ditch Navy career". Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  13. ^ "The Kiwi hand behind the fearless Fakhar". Cricket.com.au. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  14. ^ "T20 Global League announces final team squads". T20 Global League. Retrieved 28 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Cricket South Africa postpones Global T20 league". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Kamran Akmal returns to Pakistan ODI and T20I squads". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Pakistan tour of West Indies, 2nd T20I: West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain, Mar 30, 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Pakistan recall Azhar, Umar Akmal". ESPNcricinfo. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Zaman feared he would miss final". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Fakhar Zaman rewarded for his risk". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  21. ^ "New champions: Zaman, Amir and Pakistan raze India for title". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Zaman, Ali help Pakistan storm into Champion's Trophy final". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  23. ^ "ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali record highest ODI opening run stand for Pakistan since 2009". The Indian Express. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  24. ^ "Fakhar, Imam receive maiden call-ups to Ireland, England Tests". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Fakhar Zaman's 91 seals record chase to give Pakistan the title". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  26. ^ "'A great team effort' – Sarfraz Ahmed". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  27. ^ "Fakhar becomes first Pakistani to score 500 T20I runs in calendar year". GEO Tv. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  28. ^ "Fakhar Zaman becomes first Pakistani to score a double ton in ODIs". Ary News. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  29. ^ "Fakhar Zaman becomes first Pakistani to hit ODI Double century". Geo TV. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  30. ^ "Fakhar Zaman, Imam-Ul-Haq Break All-Time Opening Partnership Record In ODIs". NDTV. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  31. ^ "Records galore as Pakistan rewrite history in Bulawayo". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  32. ^ "Fakhar Zaman is the quickest to 1000 runs in ODIs". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  33. ^ a b "Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq march into the record books". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  34. ^ "Fakhar Zaman: All the records broken by Pakistan's star opener during 5th ODI against Zimbabwe". Times Now. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  35. ^ "Mohammad Amir dropped for two-Test series against Australia". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  36. ^ "2nd Test, Australia tour of United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi, Oct 16-20 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 October 2018.

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