|Full name||Mohammad Shahzad Mohammadi|
31 January 1988|
Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
|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|
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. 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, 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.
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. He also entered the International Cricket Councils (ICC's) top 10 batsmen in T20I cricket in eighth place, following his performance.
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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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. His score is currently the second highest T20I score by an associate player, after Hong Kong Babar Hayat's 122 runs.
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).
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)
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)
T20 franchise career
In September 2018, he was named in Paktia's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament. He was the leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 344 runs in nine matches.
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. 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. In December 2017, the ICC suspended Shahzad from all cricket for a period of twelve months, and will resume playing in January 17th 2018.
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