Sohail Tanvir

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Sohail Tanvir
Personal information
Full nameSohail Tanvir
Born (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 34)
Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan
Height6 ft 5 in (196 cm)[1]
BowlingLeft-arm medium-fast
RoleBowling All-rounder
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 188)22 November 2007 v India
Last Test30 November 2007 v India
ODI debut (cap 158)18 October 2007 v South Africa
Last ODI17 December 2014 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.33
T20I debut (cap 22)14 September 2007 v India
Last T20I1 April 2017 v West Indies
Domestic team information
2007/08Federal Areas
2007/08 –Khan Research Laboratories
2008–2009Rajasthan Royals
2004 – presentRawalpindi Rams
2012–2014Highveld Lions
2016Karachi Kings (squad no. 33)
2016–presentGuyana Amazon Warriors (squad no. 33)
2017Lahore Qalandars (squad no. 33)
2017–presentSylhet Sixers (squad no. 33)
2018Multan Sultans
2019Quetta Gladiators
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 2 62 68 123
Runs scored 17 399 2,934 1,246
Batting average 5.66 13.75 29.34 17.80
100s/50s 0/0 0/1 5/14 0/2
Top score 13 59 163 93
Balls bowled 504 2,949 13,348 6,160
Wickets 5 71 302 183
Bowling average 63.20 36.14 23.70 28.98
5 wickets in innings 0 1 19 5
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 3 n/a
Best bowling 3/83 5/48 8/54 7/34
Catches/stumpings 2/– 15/– 35/– 29/–
Source: CricketArchive, 15 October 2018

Sohail Tanvir (Urdu: سہیل تنویر‎; born 12 December 1984 in Rawalpindi, Punjab) is a Pakistani cricketer, who has gained repute for his unorthodox left arm bowling action and particularly for the success it has gained him in the Twenty20 format of the game.[2]

International career[edit]

Sohail Tanvir belongs to Rawalpindi from a Kaira Gujjar tribe. An allrounder, he is a hard-hitting left-handed batsman and an unorthodox left-arm fast-medium bowler who also bowls occasional left-arm orthodox spin. Despite not having taken a sinselected for Pakistan's squad for the inaugural World Twenty20 after Shoaib Akhtar was sent home. He made his Twenty20 debut in the tournament, and took six wickets in six matches, with best bowling figures of 3 for 31 in four overs against Australia. Though considered an allrounder, Tanvir did not get a chance to bat in the tournament until the final, where he made his first international runs, with a six off his first ball, aiding Pakistan back into the game.

After impressing in the ICC World Twenty20, he was selected to play in the ODI series against South Africa in October 2007. He was then selected for the tour of India, and took eight wickets in the ODI series. He also took part in the Test series that followed, making his debut in place of the injured Umar Gul. On debut at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, he took three wickets which included his first international Test cricket causality Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. In the Asia Cup, June 2008, Pakistan played their first game against Hong Kong at Karachi. In that match, Pakistan's top order struggled to get grips with Hong Kong bowlers before Sohail Tanvir set up a 100 run stand along with Fawad Alam for the 8th wicket. Sohail scored his maiden ODI 50 in that match. He scored 59 off just 55 balls which took Pakistan to a respectable score of 288. After that, in the match vs. Sri Lanka, Tanvir took his first 5 wickets haul. He ended at 5/48 in 10 overs. After the 2009 ICC World Twenty20

Knee injury (2010)[edit]

Shortly after the World Twenty20, Tanvir was on a one-year break because of injuries. He missed the tour of New Zealand in November 2009, the controversial tour against Australia in January 2010. He also missed the chance to participate for Pakistan in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2010 Asia Cup, and he missed the tour of England in August 2010. He recovered from injury in October 2010 and was selected to participate in the test series against South Africa under new captain Misbah-ul-Haq.[3] The doctors however advised rest for Sohail Tanvir to help him recuperate fully from the new injury.[4] He completely recovered from his knee injury by December and was selected for all three formats against New Zealand. He gave insights into his injury and stated at one point he couldn't even walk and that doctors thought he would really struggle to walk. However, he recovered really quickly after that and the surgery he had in Australia in January was paid off.[5] At the last minute of the team departing for the New Zealand tour, Tanvir was replaced because the selectors thought he was not fully fit.[6] After missing the Twenty20 Internationals the selectors recalled Tanvir after he had proved his performance in domestic games coupled with poor performances from a depleted Pakistan bowling attack.[7]

Return and World Cup selection (2011)[edit]

Despite being back in the team for the two-test series and the final Twenty20 Tanvir wasn't selected, despite not having played an international match in thirteen-months he was named in Pakistan's 15-man World Cup Squad he finally returned to the national team in the first ODI against New Zealand after Pakistan elected to bat Tanvir scored six-runs as Pakistan were bowled out for 124, however Tanvir also took one-wicket it would turn out to be Pakistan's only wicket of the match as New Zealand won by nine-wickets.[8]

Sohail Tanveer was ruled out of World Cup 2011 due to failing to complete a full rehabilitation from surgery for a knee problem that has dropped him for two years.[9]

Domestic career[edit]

Indian Premier League career[edit]

On 11 March 2008, Tanvir was signed up in the second round of the Indian Premier League's players' auction by the Jaipur franchise, Rajasthan Royals, for $100,000.[10]

Playing in his third match of tournament, on 4 May, Tanvir took a match-winning six wickets against the Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. His figures of 6–14 from four overs are a record for Twenty20 cricket.[11][12] He ended the tournament as the highest wicket-taker, with 22 wickets from 11 matches at an average of 12.09, an economy rate of 6.46 and a strike rate of 11.20, the best among bowlers with more than six wickets.[13][14]

In the final of tournament, on 1 June at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai, with Rajasthan chasing 164 to win, Tanvir added 21 runs along with captain Shane Warne. He hit the winning runs of the final ball of the innings, to see the Royals home.[15][16] He was later presented with the "Purple Cap", an award for the leading wicket-taker of the tournament.

A statistical analysis conducted by Cricinfo after the conclusion of the league stage of the tournament rated Tanvir as the most successful player. He was also rated as the second best value player of the tournament, having been signed on for $100,000.[17]

Tanvir met with controversy when he was quoted on Pakistani television saying "the Hindu's are of such nature" after being snubbed by IPL.[18]

T20 franchise career[edit]

In December 2008, Tanvir was signed by the Australian domestic side Southern Redbacks for the KFC Twenty20 Big Bash.[19] In his first match against Western Australia he was pitted against fellow Pakistani fast bowler Umar Gul and although he was caught out first ball he took 1–15 with the ball for his side in a winning cause.

In February 2012, Tanvir featured in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League tournament representing Sylhet Royals. Tanvir took 13 wickets and scored 78 runs in the tournament.[20]

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.[21][22] In September 2018, he was named in Kabul's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[23] The following month, he was named in the squad for the Sylhet Sixers team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[24]

County cricket[edit]

He signed a one-year contract with Surrey County Cricket Club in July 2009 for £75,000. According to the Cricinfo website the deal fell through when he was turned away from Heathrow airport on 31 July 2009, for having the wrong visa papers.

On 5 June 2013 Tanvir signed for Hampshire for the remainder of the 2013 campaign. He agreed to play in all forms of competition.

On 12 February 2015, Tanvir signed for Somerset to play in the 2015 NatWest T20 Blast.[25]


In January 2017 he took the most wickets in the 2016–17 Regional One Day Cup, with a total of 15 dismissals.[26] In April 2018, he was named in Baluchistan's squad for the 2018 Pakistan Cup.[27][28] In March 2019, he was named in Punjab's squad for the 2019 Pakistan Cup.[29][30]


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