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Full name Ajmal Shahzad
Born July 27, 1985, Huddersfield, Yorkshire
Current age 27 years 302 days
Major teams England, England Lions, Lancashire, Yorkshire
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Woodhouse Grove School, Bradford University
|Only Test||England v Bangladesh at Manchester, Jun 4-6, 2010 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Bangladesh v England at Chittagong, Mar 5, 2010 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v England at Chittagong, Mar 11, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Feb 20, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 14, 2011 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Middlesex at Scarborough, Aug 30-Sep 2, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Nottinghamshire v Surrey at Nottingham, May 15-18, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Worcestershire at Leeds, May 23, 2004 scorecard|
|Last List A||Warwickshire v Nottinghamshire at Birmingham, May 23, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Essex v Yorkshire at Chelmsford, Jul 24, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Durham v Lancashire at Chester-le-Street, Jul 8, 2012 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/24||Notts||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||23 May 2013||LA|
|8, 2/37, 20, 0/22||Notts||v Surrey||Nottingham||15 May 2013||FC|
|2, 2/90, 17*, 0/19||Notts||v Durham||Nottingham||29 Apr 2013||FC|
|3/21, 16, 1/21||Notts||v Durham MCCU||Nottingham||17 Apr 2013||FC|
|4, 3/75, 11, 0/19||Notts||v Middlesex||Nottingham||10 Apr 2013||FC|
|0/39||Notts||v Yorkshire||Bridgetown||17 Mar 2013||Other T20|
|0/30||Notts||v Derbyshire||Bridgetown||17 Mar 2013||Other T20|
|1/5||Notts||v Northants||Bridgetown||16 Mar 2013||Other T20|
|2/90, 10, 2/61, 26*||Lancashire||v Middlesex||Lord's||4 Sep 2012||FC|
|3/52, 10||Lancashire||v Warwickshire||Manchester||1 Sep 2012||LA|
Huddersfield-born, Bradford-raised, Ajmal Shahzad made cricket history on May 23, 2004 when he became the first British-born Asian to play for Yorkshire. A right-arm fast bowler and useful late middle-order batsman, he won plaudits for his displays at schoolboy level and for Yorkshire's Academy. Graham Roope, his coach, said that he was "far too mature for most schoolboy opponents of his age, and he can bat very well in addition to being a fearsome bowler."
He endured a couple of slow seasons as injuries restricted his development, and he managed only a solitary appearance in 2006, but having finally allied consistency to his undoubted talent, and having been given a first-team chance following the promotion of Tim Bresnan to the national squad, he claimed 40 wickets and scored 445 runs for Yorkshire in their 2009 Championship campaign, and was subsequently named in England's Test squad for their tour to Bangladesh in February 2010, much to the player's own surprise.
The decisive factor in his call-up was an impressive stint with the England Performance Programme in South Africa a few months earlier, when he caught the eye of the senior management, including Andy Flower, with his pace, control and desire to succeed. With England opting to rest Stuart Broad for the home series against Bangladesh, Shahzad made his debut in the second Test at Old Trafford. "He looks like an impressive young man," said Flower, "and how well he does will be determined by himself."
That, though, marked a peak for Shahzad. Although he made occasional one-day international appearances - and was a reserve quick on the 2010-11 Ashes tour - he could not command a regular place in the side and drifted out of contention after the 2011 World Cup through a mixture of form and injury. Domestically, life also became difficult. He was released by Yorkshire - who cited issues with his team spirit - and was taken on loan by Lancashire for the rest of 2012 season. When Lancashire were relegated that summer he opted to move to Nottinghamshire in an attempt to revive his career.
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