Full name Syed Ashar Ahmed Zaidi
Born July 13, 1981, Karachi, Sind
Current age 35 years 148 days
Major teams Comilla Victorians, Essex, Gazi Tank Cricketers, Islamabad, Islamabad Cricket Association, Islamabad Leopards, Islamabad United, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI
Also known as Ashi
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Last First-class||Essex v Sussex at Colchester, Aug 4-7, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||1999/00|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Essex at Birmingham, Aug 17, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Abbottabad Rhinos v Islamabad Leopards at Karachi, Feb 24, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Comilla Victorians v Rangpur Riders at Dhaka, Dec 4, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|17||Victorians||v Riders||Dhaka||4 Dec 2016||T20|
|0/10, 10||Victorians||v Titans||Dhaka||13 Nov 2016||T20|
|0/18, 2||Victorians||v Vikings||Dhaka||8 Nov 2016||T20|
|1/40, 7||Essex||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||17 Aug 2016||LA|
|0/4, 6||Essex||v Notts||Nottingham||8 Aug 2016||T20|
|12, 0/22, 15||Essex||v Sussex||Colchester||4 Aug 2016||FC|
|-||Essex||v Gloucs||Bristol||2 Aug 2016||LA|
|0/36, 21||Essex||v Middlesex||Lord's||31 Jul 2016||LA|
|-||Essex||v Glamorgan||Chelmsford||29 Jul 2016||T20|
|59*||Essex||v Middlesex||Lord's||28 Jul 2016||T20|
Ashar Zaidi, a rotund Karachi-born allrounder with a British passport, has carved out a niche for himself in England. Signed by Sussex after plying his trade with Accrington in the Lancashire League, he spent two seasons at Hove before making Essex his second county in 2016.
Zaidi had impressed during three seasons with Accrington after leaving Pakistan and wrote to several counties asking for a trial. He scored an unbeaten 192 and took six wickets after being invited to play for Sussex's 2nd XI, leading to two Championship matches at the end of 2013 as the club sought a badly needed spin option after the release of Monty Panesar. Zaidi, then aged 32, did enough to be awarded a two-year contract.
He performed creditably for Sussex but was unable to hold down a regular place and was released at the end of 2015. He caught the eye during the 2015-16 Bangladesh Premier League, however, being named Man of the Series after helping Comilla Victorians to the title, and soon after signed a one-year deal with Essex, quickly extended.
He failed to solve Essex's critical spin-bowling shortage in 2016, but played some doiughty innings in one-day cricket, none more so than an explsoive T20 half-century against Middlesex using a spraypainted black bat which flouted ECB regulations and was outlawed a few days later.
Earlier in his career, Zaidi played for a number of Pakistani clubs, scoring 11 first-class hundreds and winning selection for Pakistan A. In 2014, he became one of the first cricketers to fall foul of social networking when Sussex were obliged to issue a suspended one-match ban in response to his angry tweet immediately after being given out caught behind by Nigel Llong in a Championship match against Somerset at Hove.
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