Yasir Shah

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Yasir Shah
Personal information
Full name Yasir Shah
Born (1986-05-02) 2 May 1986 (age 32)
Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Nickname Yas, Shah G
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm Leg break
Role Bowler
Relations Junaid Khan (cousin)
Fawad Ahmed (cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 219) 22 October 2014 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 188) 14 September 2011 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 20 July 2018 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 86
T20I debut (cap 44) 16 September 2011 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Rest of North-West Frontier Province
2001–2009 Pakistan Customs
2008–2015 Abbottabad Rhinos
2010 Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
2011–present Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province
2015 Dhaka Dynamites
2016–present Lahore Qalandars
2017 Kent
2017 Trinbago Knight Riders
2017–present Brisbane Heat
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 28 19 117 79
Runs scored 445 102 2,349 618
Batting average 12.71 17.00 16.77 20.60
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/6 0/2
Top score 38* 32* 71 66*
Balls bowled 9,277 951 26,474 4,007
Wickets 165 19 497 97
Bowling average 29.44 42.47 27.46 31.44
5 wickets in innings 13 1 28 1
10 wickets in match 2 n/a 3 0
Best bowling 7/76 6/26 7/76 6/26
Catches/stumpings 18/– 5/– 63/– 28/–
Source: ESPNCricInfo, 20 July 2018

Yasir Shah (Pashto: یاسر شاه‎; born 2 May 1986) is an international cricketer from Pakistan who is the fifth fastest bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 100 wickets.[1] He is a specialist leg break spin bowler and is known for his leg spinners, flippers and googlies. He is regarded by Shane Warne as one of the best spinners in modern cricket.[2] He was born in Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 1986.[3]

Shah made his Test match debut for Pakistan against Australia in the United Arab Emirates on 22 October 2014.[4] During Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka, Shah became the fastest Pakistani bowler to take 50 Test wickets.

In August 2018, he was one of thirty-three players to be awarded a central contract for the 2018–19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).[5][6]


He's the cousin of Pakistan fast-bowler Junaid Khan as well as of Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.[7]

Domestic career[edit]

Shah has played for numerous teams in the Pakistani first-class domestic cricket circuit, including the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cricket team, Pakistan A cricket team, Abbottabad Rhinos, Pakistan Customs cricket team, and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited.[3] He has also played cricket for the Pakistan A cricket team.[8] He was selected to play for Brisbane Heat for the 2017 BBL along with fellow Pakistani Shadab Khan

International career[edit]

Shah played his first international match, the third game of the one-day international series on Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe, on 14 September 2011. In the game, he took 2 for 51 runs (10 overs). The wickets were of Zimbabwean opener Vusi Sibanda and star wicketkeeper-batsman Tatenda Taibu.[9]

Test cricket[edit]

Shah made his Test debut against Australia, who toured to UAE in 2014. He was picked in place of Saeed Ajmal, who was banned for an illegal bowling action. In the first Test, he picked up 7 for 116 with Steve Smith becoming his first wicket. He helped the team to win the match by 221 runs. In the second Test, he picked 5 for 91 which results a 356 runs win and a whitewash for Australia. He picked 12 for 207, second highest wicket taker of that series.

In June 2015 while on the tour against Sri Lanka, Shah become the first Pakistani bowler to take 50 test wickets in just nine matches. He has become the first Pakistani bowler to take early 50 wickets, while 5th spinner of the world overall. The early 50 wicket record for Pakistan in test cricket was previously held by Waqar Younis, Mohammad Asif and Shabbir Ahmed who completed their 50 wickets in ten matches. However, record for quick 50 wickets in Test Cricket overall is held by Charles Turner of Australia who completed his 50 wickets in just six matches.[10] Yasir Shah picked up 3 consecutive Five Wicket Hauls in three Tests against Sri Lanka further improving his Test Record.[11]

In July 2016, while on tour against England, Shah became the first leg spinner to take a 5-wicket haul in a Test match at Lord's since Mushtaq Ahmed in 1996.[12][13] He also became the highest wicket-taking bowler in a single match from any Asian side at Lord's.[14][15]

On 18 July 2016, Yasir Shah reached World # 1 in ICC Test Bowler's list.[16] He displaced England quick Jimmy Anderson from the No. 1 spot in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers. He is the first leg-spinner since Australian Shane Warne in 2005 to be ranked No. 1, and the first Pakistan bowler since Mushtaq Ahmed in December 1996. However, eight days later following his poor performance in the second Test, he dropped four places to number five.[17]

At the end of his 13th test match, Yasir had 86 wickets to his name and after 15, the total was 90. Both these totals are world records for any bowler after their 13th and 15th test match respectively.

In his 17th test match against West Indies at Dubai, Yasir Shah took his 100th test wicket and became the second fastest ever to achieve this milestone, with only George Lohmann bettering it. He is fastest Pakistani to get 50 and 100 wickets in tests. On 28 September 2017, during the first Test against Sri Lanka, he became the joint second quickest bowler of all time and quickest spinner to take 150 wickets in Tests.[18][19]

ICC World Cup 2015[edit]

In January 2015 he was selected in Pakistan's squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and he was considered as a long-term replacement for Pakistan's banned off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. He made his World Cup debut against arch-rivals India on 15 February 2015.

Doping violation[edit]

Shah was banned for 3 months from playing any type of cricket after a sample taken from him on November 13, was found to contain chlortalidone (a banned substance) which is on WADA's prohibited list of diuretics and masking agents.[20][21] ICC banned Yasir for 3 months starting from 27 December 2015 to 27 March 2016.[22]


  • PCB's Test Player of the year – 2017.[23]


  1. ^ http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283530.html
  2. ^ https://www.cricket.com.au/news/warne-lavishes-praise-on-yasir/2015-10-29
  3. ^ a b "Yasir Shah". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Australia tour of United Arab Emirates, 1st Test: Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Oct 22–26, 2014". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "PCB Central Contracts 2018–19". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 6 August 2018. 
  6. ^ "New central contracts guarantee earnings boost for Pakistan players". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 August 2018. 
  7. ^ Tom Morris (12 December 2016), "Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah’s story from domestic cricket butterfly to international star", Fox Sports. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  8. ^ Yasir Shah, CricketArchive. Retrieved 2017-10-29.
  9. ^ Pakistan vs Zimbabwe ODI no. 3194 Cricinfo 14 September 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011
  10. ^ "Yasir Shah breaks another record". The News Tribe. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  11. ^ "Yasir Shah performing consistently for Pakistan". CricCoverage. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "England v Pakistan: Yasir Shah takes five wickets as tourists impress". 15 July 2016 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  13. ^ hermesauto (16 July 2016). "Cricket: Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah takes 5 wickets at Lord's". 
  14. ^ "Yasir Shah's 10 wickets seal thrilling victory for Pakistan at Lord's -". 18 July 2016. 
  15. ^ Jayaraman, Shiva (15 July 2016). "Cook passes Gavaskar and a rare five-for". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Yasir Shah first legspinner in 11 years to be ranked No. 1". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "Ashwin reclaims top spot among Test bowlers". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Yasir's 150 in Quick Time". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  19. ^ "Yasir Shah becomes fastest spinner to take 150 wickets in Test cricket". Indian Express. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  20. ^ "Yasir Shah tests positive for banned substance". Cricinfo. 
  21. ^ "Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah suspended after testing positive for banned substance". Mail Online. 27 December 2015. 
  22. ^ "Yasir Shah banned for three months after failing drug test - Cricket - ESPN Cricinfo". Cricinfo. 
  23. ^ "Sarfaraz bags outstanding player of the year at PCB awards 2017". Dawn News. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017. 

External links[edit]

Yasir Shah at ESPNcricinfo