|Full name||Shabnim Ismail|
5 October 1988 |
Cape Town, South Africa
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Only Test (cap 45)||28 July 2007 v Netherlands|
|ODI debut (cap 45)||20 January 2007 v Pakistan|
|Last ODI||21 May 2017 v India|
|T20I debut (cap 5)||10 August 2007 v New Zealand|
|Last T20I||28 March 2016 v Sri Lanka|
Source: ESPN, 1 February 2017
Ismail plays as a right-arm fast bowler, and is one of the fastest female bowlers in the world, with one of her deliveries in January 2016 being recorded at 128 kilometres per hour (80 mph). She has represented her country at the 2009 and 2013 World Cups, and is currently South Africa's all-time leading wicket-taker in both the One Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International formats.
Ismail made her senior debut for Western Province in October 2005 (aged 17), during the 2005–06 season of South Africa's Women's Provincial League. She took 15 wickets in her debut season, the second-most for Western Province behind Shandre Fritz and Alexis le Breton. This was followed by 21 wickets during the 2007–08 season, which was the sixth-most in the competition. Ismail has played in the Provincial League's final on a number of occasions throughout her career. She switched from Western Province to Gauteng for the 2015–16 season.
In December 2015, several weeks into the inaugural 2015–16 season of Australia's Women's Big Bash League, Ismail signed with the Melbourne Renegades. She was called up as a short-term replacement for New Zealander Rachel Priest (one of the team's overseas players), who had had to return to her home country for a period. On debut against the Melbourne Stars, Ismail took 3/10 from four overs, together with Molly Strano (5/15) helping restrict the Stars to just 85/9 from 20 overs. She played only one more game (also against the Stars) before Priest returned to the line-up, but failed to take a wicket.
For the inaugural 2016 season of England's Women's Cricket Super League, Ismail signed with the Yorkshire Diamonds. She was one of the team's three overseas players, along with Australians Alex Blackwell and Beth Mooney, and one of only four South African across the competition. Ismail played in all five matches for the Diamonds, and took six wickets, behind only Danielle Hazell among her teammates. Her best figures were 2/16 from two overs against the Western Storm, while she also took 2/23 from four overs against the Lancashire Thunder.
Ismail made her international debut for South Africa in January 2007 (aged 18), in a One Day International (ODI) against Pakistan. Her Test and Twenty20 International debuts came in the same year, against the Netherlands and New Zealand, respectively. Ismail was selected in South Africa's squad for the 2009 World Cup in Australia, but took only a single wicket from her three matches. At the 2009 World Twenty20 in England later in the year, she took seven wickets from three games (including 3/27 against Australia), which was the most for South Africa and the equal third-most overall.
At the 2011 World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh, Ismail took 6/10 in one match against the Netherlands, helping bowl the team out for just 36 runs. Her performance set a new ODI record for South Africa, and at the time was the equal fourth-best bowling performance across all women's ODIs. Ismail's good form continued at the 2013 World Cup in India, where she finished with eleven wickets from seven matches. This was the most for South Africa and the equal fifth-most overall. Her tournament included figures of 4/41 against Australia, 2/18 against Pakistan, and 2/22 against Sri Lanka.
With seven wickets from five games, Ismail finished as South Africa's equal leading wicket-taker (with Marizanne Kapp) at the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh. Against Ireland, she took 3/5 from three overs. South Africa made the semi-finals of the tournament for the first time in 2014, but had less success at the 2016 edition in India, winning only one match. Ismail also had little success, taking three wickets from her four matches.
Ismail was born in Cape Town. She began playing cricket at school, and initially played in a mixed-gender team, as her school had no separate team for girls. Ismail is a practising Muslim, and is the only Muslim woman to have played international cricket for South Africa. As of August 2016[update], she was studying to become a mechanical engineer.
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