Mohammad Shahzad

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Mohammad Shahzad
Personal information
Full name Mohammad Shahzad Mohammadi
Born (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 30)
Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
Batting Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper batsman
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 6) 1 june 2018 v India
ODI debut (cap 14) 30 August 2009 v Netherlands
Last ODI 25 September 2018 v India
ODI shirt no. 77
T20I debut (cap 6) 1 February 2010 v Ireland
Last T20I 22 August 2018 v Ireland
T20I shirt no. 7
Domestic team information
2013-14 Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
2016 Habib Bank Limited
2016 Rangpur Riders
2017–present Peshawar Zalmi
2018–present Paktia Panthers
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 1 76 65 20
Runs scored 27 2508 1936 1,582
Batting average 13.50 34.35 31.22 34.55
100s/50s 0/0 5/13 1/11 4/9
Top score 14 131* 118 214*
Catches/stumpings 0/0 59/24 26/28 53/7

Mohammad Shahzad Mohammadi (Pashto: محمد شهزاد‎; born 31 January 1988) is an Afghan cricketer who is a right-handed batsman who plays primarily as a wicketkeeper. Shahzad represents Afghanistan in international cricket.[1] Known as a hard big hitter for the ball, Shahzad has the most number of Twenty20 International Player of the match awards by an associate member with 10 T20I Player of the match awards,[2] and holds the record for the most scores of 50 or more in T20I by an associate player as well. He is the highest run scorer for all associate nations.[3]

With 118 not out against Zimbabwe on 10 January 2016, Shahzad recorded the second highest individual score from an Associate nation in T20Is and sixth highest of all time.[4] He also entered the International Cricket Councils (ICC's) top 10 batsmen in T20I cricket in eighth place, following his performance.[5]

He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Afghanistan's first ever Test match, against India, in June 2018. Mohammad Shahzad also has a unique record - when a batsman has scored an ODI hundred in lowest team scores - of scoring a ODI century when Afghanistan's total was just 131 against India in Asia Cup 2018, thus equalling Pakistan's Shahid Afridi's unique record.[6]

Early career[edit]

Shahzad played in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifiers, where Afghanistan gained ODI status. In August 2009, Shazad made his first-class debut against a Zimbabwe XI.

During Afghanistan's tour to the Netherlands in 2009, Shahzad made Afghan cricketing history by becoming the first Afghan to score a century in a One Day International match, scoring 110 runs as Afghanistan won the match by 6 wickets.

In January 2010, Shahzad played a key role in Afghanistan's win over Ireland, with scores of 88 in Afghanistan's first-innings and an unbeaten 42 to lead Afghanistan to a 7 wicket victory.

In February 2010, Shahzad made his Twenty20 International debut against Ireland, which Afghanistan lost by 5 wickets. Later in February, aged 18, Shahzad became the first Afghan to score a first-class double century when he scored 214* in Afghanistan's successful chase of 494 runs to beat Canada in the Intercontinental Cup.[7]

Shahzad was a key member of Afghanistan's World Twenty20 Qualifier winning team. He was later named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.[8]

Shahzad was a member of Afghanistan's 2010 ACC Trophy Elite winning squad, which defeated Nepal in the final by 95 runs.

International career[edit]

During the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, he played in both of Afghanistan's matches against India and South Africa. In January 2012, he played in a side made up of some of the leading players from Associate and Affiliate teams, which was put together to face England in Dubai. The three-day match was part of England's preparation for a series against Pakistan later that month. Along with Mohammad Nabi and Hameed Hasan, Shahzad was one of three Afghanistan players included in the 12-man squad.[9] During the match, he made two half century scores, which saw him become the first Afghan cricketer (excluding Salim Durani, who although born in Kabul, was Indian) to make 1,000 first-class career runs. He is also the first Afghan cricketer to pass 1,000 runs in List A cricket.

He set the record for the most number of dismissals as a wicketkeeper in a single T20I innings(5) and also set the new record for becoming the first wicketkeeper from any team to involve in 5 dismissals in a T20I.[10]

During Zimbabwe tour in 2016, Shahzad scored the best innings of his life. With his magnificent century of 118 off 68, Shahzad has the most number of Twenty20 International Player of the match awards by an affiliate member with 8 T20I Player of the match awards.[2] His score is currently the second highest T20I score by an associate player, after Hong Kong Babar Hayat's 122 runs.[4][11]

On 8 March 2016, Shahzad became the first associate player to score 10 fifty plus scores in T20Is. With his 50 against Scotland in a group match of 2016 ICC World Twenty20, he achieved his 10th T20I score more than fifty. This is twice more than the next highest among players from associate teams (Stephan Myburgh & Paul Stirling has 5 fifty plus scores).

In April 2016, he scored his fourth first-class century to win the man of the match award in Afghanistan's Intercontinental Cup fixture against Namibia.[12]

On 20 January 2017, during Desert T20 Challenge Mohammad Shahzad, as the first cricket player in history, scored two half-centuries in two separate international matches on the same day (80 against Oman and 52* against Ireland)[13]

During the T20I series v Ireland, Mohammad Shazad became only the second player in T20I history to hit 200 fours after Tillakaratne Dilshan.He is in the second place for hitting most number of fours (200)[14]

Test cricket[edit]

In May 2018, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for their inaugural Test match played against India.[15][16] He made his Test debut for Afghanistan, against India, on 14 June 2018.[17]

T20 franchise career[edit]

In September 2018, he was named in Paktia's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[18] He was the leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 344 runs in nine matches.[19]

Doping violation[edit]

On 13 April 2017, Shahzad was charged by the ICC for violating the anti-doping code. After testing his sample on 17 January 2017 at ICCA Academy in Dubai, it was found to contain a prohibited substance, Clenbuterol. Therefore, he was provisionally suspended 12 days after issuing the notice of charges being laid on 26 April 2017.[20] On 30 April 2017, ICC confirmed the provisional suspension of Mohammad Shahzad. Shahzad decided not to challenge the provisional suspension and will now have to face disciplinary proceeding in accordance with the process set down in the ICC Anti-Doping Code.[21] In December 2017, the ICC suspended Shahzad from all cricket for a period of twelve months,[22] and will resume playing in January 17th 2018.


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  2. ^ a b "Most player-of-the-match awards in T20Is". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Records / Twenty20 Internationals / Batting records / Most runs in career". Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b Belligerent Shahzad ton propels Afghanistan to series win, Cricinfo, 10 January 2016, retrieved 10 January 2016
  5. ^ "Shahzad, Dawlat break into ICC top 10 rankings". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Mohammad Shahzad slams century against India, equals Shahid Afridi's unique record".
  7. ^ Afghanistan chase down 494 with Shahzad double
  8. ^ ICC World Twenty20 Afghanistan squad
  9. ^ Porterfield leads ICC side against England, Cricinfo, 16 December 2011, retrieved 18 December 2011
  10. ^ "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Wicketkeeping records | Most dismissals in an innings | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Highest Score by a batsman in Twenty20 (T20) Cricket". Fast cricket. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Shahzad, spinners give Afghanistan innings win". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Incredible Shahzad blasts way into history". Retrieved 22 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Records | Twenty20 Internationals | Batting records | Most fours in career | ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Afghanistan Squads for T20I Bangladesh Series and on-eoff India Test Announced". Afghanistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Afghanistan pick four spinners for inaugural Test". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Only Test, Afghanistan tour of India at Bengaluru, Jun 14-18 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  18. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League, 2018/19 - Most Runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Shahzad charged for doping violation". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Mohammad Shahzad provisionally suspended for doping violation". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  22. ^ "Afghanistan's Shahzad suspended for doping violation". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 7 December 2017.

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