Mohammad Irfan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Mohammad Irfan
Mohammad Irfan (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full nameMohammad Irfan Aulakh
Born (1982-06-06) 6 June 1982 (age 37)
Burewala, Punjab, Pakistan
Height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
BowlingLeft-arm fast
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 212)14 February 2013 v South Africa
Last Test23 October 2013 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 178)10 September 2010 v England
Last ODI1 September 2016 v England
ODI shirt no.76
T20I debut (cap 50)25 December 2012 v India
Last T20I22 March 2016 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
2009–2016Khan Research Laboratories
2005-2014Multan Tigers
2015Lahore Lions
2015Dhaka Dynamites
2016–2017Islamabad United (squad no. 76)
2018–Multan Sultans (squad no. 27)
2018Barbados Tridents (squad no. 27)
2018Balkh Legends
2019Sylhet Sixers
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 4 60 53 120
Runs scored 28 48 290 168
Batting average 5.60 4.00 6.44 7.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 14 12 37 22
Balls bowled 712 3,109 8,726 6,038
Wickets 10 83 184 167
Bowling average 38.90 30.71 26.42 28.52
5 wickets in innings 0 0 10 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 1 0
Best bowling 3/44 4/30 7/113 5/67
Catches/stumpings 0/– 11/– 10/– 18/–
Source: Cricinfo, 25 September 2018

Mohammad Irfan (Urdu: محمد عرفان‎) (born 6 June 1982) is a Pakistani left arm fast bowler. He is very notable for his height and pace. His height of 7'1" (216 cm)[1] makes him the tallest player to play first-class and international cricket,[2][3] a title that was previously shared by[4] former West Indian fast bowler Joel Garner and Australian pace bowler Bruce Reid, both of whom are 6'8" (203 cm).

Domestic career[edit]

First-class contract[edit]

After impressing coaches at the NCA, Irfan got several offers from first-class teams including Habib Bank and ZTBL. However it was KRL opener, Azhar Ali, who convinced KRL coach Rashid Iqbal to give Irfan a trial with Khan Research Laboratories (KRL). Azhar had seen Irfan take 4 wickets against Pakistan A and had immediately called KRL telling them that Irfan would be a good fit for their team. Irfan went for the trial and got selected.

He made his first-class debut in the QEA Trophy in October 2009 playing for Khan Research Laboratories. He bowled economically but was unable to take any wickets in a high scoring game.[5] In his second first-class game, Irfan took 7–113 in the second innings and 9 wickets overall in the match. His first wicket in professional cricket was of young Pakistani international batsmen Ahmed Shehzad. He also took the wicket of Imran Farhat and injured Hasan Raza with a bouncer before taking his wicket.[6]

Irfan continued to impress early on in his first-class career. In his third match he grabbed 11 wickets to help his side to the first win of the championship. He recorded 5/27 in the first innings and 6/96 in the second innings.[7]

Before he was offered a lucrative break in cricket, Irfan contemplated giving up the game and was working for a plastic pipe company. He confirmed his height as 7'1" which makes him the tallest first-class cricketer of all time above county players Anthony Allom, Paul Dunkels and Will Jefferson, each individually measured at 6'10".[1]

T20 franchise career[edit]

Irfan announced that he had signed a memorandum of understanding with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to represent them in the 2011 IPL Season. This deal is only valid as long as the PCB and the BCCI give their approval. The main reason for Irfan being given a trial with KKR was because former Pakistani pace-bowler Wasim Akram recommended Irfan to the KKR management. Irfan's contract will earn him $75,000 plus another $2,000 dollars for every game he plays in. However the contract needs to be approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India[8][9][10][11] Irfan's contract also requires approval from the Pakistan Cricket Board[12]

On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Edmonton Royals in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.[13][14] He was the joint-leading wicket-taker in the tournament for the Edmonton Royals, with six dismissals in six matches.[15]

In August 2018, during the 2018 Caribbean Premier League, Irfan conceded just 1 run and grabbed 2 wickets from 4 overs, bowling for the Barbados Tridents against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. This was the most economical four-over spell in T20 cricket.[16]

In September 2018, he was named in Balkh's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[17] The following month, he was named in the squad for the Sylhet Sixers team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[18]

International career[edit]

Early days[edit]

Irfan worked in a pipe factory, earning just 300 rupees ($3) a week, before being spotted by former first-class cricketer Nadeem Iqbal in a club match, after which he made his debut for the Pakistan national cricket team at 28 years of age. Irfan was brought in to replace Pakistan's two prominent and core bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, who were accused of spot fixing. This was a perfect opportunity for Irfan to shine for Pakistan as they looked to move forward without their two great bowlers. However, Irfan's ODI debut against England in 2010 saw a reduction by 9 overs in the match due to bad weather conditions. He finished the match with bowling figures of 0–37 off 5.3 overs, before going off the pitch with cramps. During this early stretch in his career, many were displeased by Irfan's performance. This was mainly due to his speed in the debut series against England; it underwhelmed many as it only showed 130–135 km/h on the velocity radar. To make matters worse, England had won the match by 24 runs. Irfan was dropped after the series and was not brought back until the India series on 25 December 2012.[19]

Irfan made his Twenty20 International debut against India in the first Twenty20 International match on 25 December 2012 when the Pakistani team was touring India. Irfan was seen as a prominent figure in the series win against India as he emerged as the wild card that propelled Pakistan to victory. In this series he displayed marked improvement as his bowling speeds reached 145 km/h, rising from the 135 km/h he had over two years ago. At 7`1 and bowling at brisk pace, Irfan brings a new dimension to the Pakistan bowling attack.[20]

The Emergence[edit]

Irfan's improvement did not go unnoticed, as the Pakistan selectors touted him "the surprise package" in South Africa in March 2013. Irfan did not disappoint as he consistently troubled the South African batsmen with his pace and height. Irfan finished the first innings with 3 wickets and 1 maiden in 21 overs, conceding 86 runs with an economy rate of 4.09. In the second innings Irfan was unable to take a wicket, returning figures of 0-35 off 10 overs.[21]

Suspension 2017[edit]

Irfan was suspended from all forms of cricket on 29 March 2017 by the PCB for failing to report two approaches to corrupt the game during the 2017 Pakistan Super League. The suspension was backdated to the 14 March 2017, the day that he was initially provisionally suspended. In addition, Irfan was fined PKR 1 million. Irfan can have his suspension lifted after six months if he assists the PCB in its ongoing investigations and doesn't breach the anti corruption code during that time.[22]


  1. ^ a b (22 February 2011). "Mohammad Irfan Interview". YouTube. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  2. ^ "At 7 ft 1 inch, Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Irfan is tallest player in history of cricket". The Indian Express. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  3. ^ Subbaiah, Sunil (27 December 2012). "Mohammad Irfan, Pakistan's towering fire". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 December 2012.
  4. ^ Russell, Bill (8 March 2013). "Top 16 Tallest Cricketers in Cricket History". Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Group A: Khan Research Laboratories v Pakistan International Airlines at Karachi, 10-13 October 2009". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Mohammad Irfan: Pakistan's 7 foot tall pace sensation". Dawn. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Irfan 11 wicket haul". Dawn. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Pakistan's Mohammad Irfan in line for IPL contract". Cricinfo. 10 August 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  9. ^ Farooq, Umar (10 August 2010). "Mohammad Irfan signs IPL contract". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Kolkata Knight Riders sign giant Pakistani fast bowler". 10 August 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Irfan agrees to KKR deal".
  12. ^ "Mohammad Irfan awaits NOC from Pakistan board". Cricinfo. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Global T20 Canada: Complete Squads". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Global T20 Canada League – Full Squads announced". CricTracker. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Global T20 Canada 2018, Edmonton Royals: Batting and Bowling Averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  16. ^ "4-3-1-2 – Mohammad Irfan bowls incredible spell". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  19. ^ Abdullah Rahee (10 September 2010). "Muhammad Irfan first over in international cricket". youTube. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  20. ^ AkheeR666. "Mohammad Irfan's T20 debut vs India Full Spell". YouTube. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Tour of South Africa". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
  22. ^ Farooq, Umar (29 March 2017). "Irfan banned for one year for failing to report approach". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2017.

External links[edit]