Sarfraz Ahmed

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Sarfraz Ahmed
Personal information
Full name Sarfraz Ahmed
Born (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 29)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nickname Saifi
Height 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Role Wicket-keeper/captain of T20 team
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 198) 14 January 2010 v Australia
Last Test 14 July 2016 v England
ODI debut (cap 156) 18 November 2007 v India
Last ODI 24 August 2016 v England
ODI shirt no. 54
Domestic team information
Years Team
2005/06–2015/16 Karachi Dolphins
2005/06–2006/07 Karachi Harbour
2006/07–2008/09 Sindh
2006/07–present Pakistan International Airlines
2016- present Quetta Gladiators
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs T20I FC
Matches 25 59 21 120
Runs scored 1489 1079 291 6334
Batting average 43.79 29.16 29.10 42.79
100s/50s 3/7 2/3 0/2 10/42
Top score 112 101* 76* 213*
Catches/stumpings 61/17 54/19 3/2 357/44
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 24 August 2016

Sarfraz Ahmed (Urdu: سرفراز احمد‎; born 22 May 1987) is a wicketkeeper and batsman who plays international cricket for Pakistan. He is the national T20I captain of the Pakistan Cricket Team and also the appointed vice captain in the ODI format of the game. Sarfraz is generally an aggressive batsman who can score runs at a brisk pace. He is the son of late Shakeel Ahmed Siddiqui who was the owner of shakeel Brothers, a well known publishing company. He was named as Pakistan's Twenty20 International captain following the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India.[1]

Early life[edit]

Sarfraz belongs to an Urdu-speaking family. He was born in Karachi, Pakistan.He belongs to Wassan family of Gujjars .[2][3] He is also a Hafiz-e-Quran which he became at the age of 10. In May 2015, Sarfraz married Syeda Khushbakht Shah.[4]

International career[edit]

One Day International[edit]

Sarfraz Ahmed was called up by Pakistan as a cover for Kamran Akmal who had a finger injury in the one-day series between India and Pakistan in November 2007. He made his one day international debut in the final match of the series, on 18 November 2007. He didn't get a chance to bat as Pakistan had won the match before he was needed to bat.

In 2008, Sarfraz Ahmed was selected ahead of Kamran Akmal for the Asia Cup.

In 2015, Sarfraz was selected for 2015 Cricket World Cup but did not get a chance to play in the first four matches. Due to the first frequent losses, he was selected for Pakistan's fifth match of the event against South Africa where he scored 49 runs off 49 balls and took 6 catches as wicket keeper to equal the one day international record for most dismissals. He was rewarded with the Man of the match award. In his second match in the world cup he scored 101* against Ireland and he was again named the Man of the Match. The win gave Pakistan a spot in the Quarter Finals of the World cup.

Sarfaraz's notable achievement during early days of his career was the victory at U19 World Cup 2006 when he led the Pakistani team and defeated India in the final in a low scoring encounter.

Test[edit]

He made his test match debut in Hobart on 14 January 2010, in the third test match against Australia, replacing Kamran Akmal who suffered an "error-ridden performance" in the second test.[5] He was dropped again after one match.

Return to international cricket (2011)[edit]

Sarfraz Ahmed returned to the international team for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in November 2011 and for the subsequent series against Bangladesh and the 2012 Asia Cup. In the final of the tournament he scored a crucial 46 not out (the highest score from his team) as Pakistan won the match by 2 runs. He was consequently rewarded a Category C contract and selected for Pakistan's next series against Sri Lanka, again for ODIs.

Vice captaincy[edit]

After Misbah retired from the ODI format of the game after 2015 Cricket World Cup, Sarfraz was emerging to be a potential successor. However the PCB went with Azhar Ali for the captaincy and considering Sarfraz led the Pakistan U-19 team, appointed him as the Vice Captain of the ODI as well as the T20 team.

Captaincy[edit]

After Shahid Afridi stepped down as T20 skipper on 3 April 2016, Pakistan Cricket Board appointed Sarfraz Ahmed as captain of national T20 team on 5 April 2016.

After vice-captaincy[edit]

Sri lanka test series (2015)[edit]

During the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle, Sarfraz Ahmad stabilized the Pakistan Innings by a knock of 96 runs in just 85 balls just could not score the century and was bowled by Sri Lankan pacer Dhammika Prasad. During his knock he became the 7th Pakistani wicketkeeper to reach 1000 Test runs, in 28 inns, jointly the fastest Pakistani wicket-keeper with Imtiaz Ahmed. The knock also gave him the man of match award.

Sarfaraz was dropped from the T20 series that followed the test match series against Sri Lanka. Many fans back home were shocked and started to raise questions.[6] Pakistani coach Waqar Younis on 6 August said that Sarfraz Ahmed is a key Pakistani player and he should be the next T20 captain of Pakistan.[7]

Zimbabawe ODI series (2015)[edit]

Due to the foot injury of usual ODI captain Azhar Ali, Sarfraz became the captain for third ODI against Zimbabwe on 5 October 2015.He recorded first win in his debut match as captain.

2016 PSL[edit]

Sarfraz was picked by Quetta Gladiators in the PSL players draft on December 21, 2015. He was selected to be the franchise captain for the 2016 season. He led the Gladiators all the way through to the final, losing only two matches before it. But still his team just couldn't make it and they lost in the final to Islamabad United.[8]

International centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Sarfraz Ahmed's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 103 8  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2014 Won
2 109 9  Australia United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai International Cricket Stadium 2014 Won
3 112 12  New Zealand United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai International Cricket Stadium 2014 Drawn

One Day International centuries[edit]

Sarfraz Ahmed's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 101* 38  Ireland Australia Adelaide, Australia Adelaide Oval 2015 Won
2 105 61  England United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Lord's Cricket Ground 2016 TBD

International awards[edit]

Test Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 1st Test – Pakistan in New Zealand Test Series 2010/11 1st Innings: WK 3 ct. ; 96 (86 balls, 13×4)
2nd Innings: WK 3 st. DNB
 Pakistan won by 10 wickets.[9]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 South Africa Eden Park, Auckland 7 March 2015 49 (49 balls, 5x4, 3x6); WK 6 ct.  Pakistan won by 29 runs (D/L).[10]
2 Ireland Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 15 March 2015 101* (124 balls, 6x4); WK  Pakistan won by 7 wickets.[11]
3 Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 19 July 2015 77 (74 balls, 7x4); WK 2 ct. 1 st.  Pakistan won by 135 runs.[12]

Twenty20 International Cricket[edit]

Man of the Match Awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 New Zealand vs Pakistan in UAE 2014/15 WK ; 76* (64 balls: 8x4, 2x6)  Pakistan won by 7 wickets.[13]

See More[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sarfraz Ahmed named Pakistan's T20I captain". ESPN Cricifno. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Celebrating Sarfraz's success in a small corner of Uttar Pradesh". Dawn. 18 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sarfraz Ahmed has 'mamu' in tears in Etawah". Indian Express. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Cricketer Sarfraz Ahmed marriage
  5. ^ "Saga ends as dropped Kamran heads for a rest". 13 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010.  His unimpressive batting saw him dropped from the team after just one match.
  6. ^ "Dropping Sarfraz Ahmed: PCB seeks answer from Shahid Afridi". thenewstribe. 2015-08-05. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  7. ^ "Sarfraz should become next T20 captain: Waqar Younis". The Express Tribune. 2015-08-06. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  8. ^ "Islamabad crowned PSL champions". The Express Tribune. 2016-02-24. Retrieved 2016-08-24. 
  9. ^ "Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series, 2015 - 1st Test". 
  10. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015 - 29th match, Pool B". 
  11. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup, 2015 - 42nd match, Pool B". 
  12. ^ "Pakistan in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2015 - 3rd ODI". 
  13. ^ "Pakistan v New Zealand T20I Series - 1st T20I – Pakistan v New Zealand Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 25 February 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
Preceded by
Shahid Afridi
Pakistani national cricket captain (T20I)
2016–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent