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Saqlain Mushtaq      

Full name Saqlain Mushtaq

Born December 29, 1976, Lahore, Punjab

Current age 37 years 115 days

Major teams Ireland, Pakistan, Islamabad Cricket Association, Lahore Badshahs, Pakistan International Airlines, Surrey, Sussex

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Saqlain Mushtaq
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 49 78 14 927 101* 14.48 3603 25.72 1 2 82 7 15 0
ODIs 169 98 38 711 37* 11.85 1434 49.58 0 0 45 4 40 0
First-class 194 263 59 3405 101* 16.69 1 14 67 0
List A 323 182 67 1339 38* 11.64 0 0 80 0
Twenty20 9 4 0 24 14 6.00 24 100.00 0 0 2 0 2 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 49 86 14070 6206 208 8/164 10/155 29.83 2.64 67.6 12 13 3
ODIs 169 165 8770 6275 288 5/20 5/20 21.78 4.29 30.4 11 6 0
First-class 194 44634 19630 833 8/65 23.56 2.63 53.5 60 15
List A 323 16062 11261 478 5/20 5/20 23.55 4.20 33.6 16 7 0
Twenty20 9 9 210 265 14 3/24 3/24 18.92 7.57 15.0 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Peshawar, Sep 8-11, 1995 scorecard
Last Test Pakistan v India at Multan, Mar 28-Apr 1, 2004 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Gujranwala, Sep 29, 1995 scorecard
Last ODI Pakistan v South Africa at Faisalabad, Oct 7, 2003 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1994/95
Last First-class Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval, Sep 9-12, 2008 scorecard
List A debut 1994/95
Last List A Surrey v Essex at The Oval, May 11, 2008 scorecard
Twenty20 debut Hampshire v Surrey at Southampton, Jun 24, 2003 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Essex v Surrey at Chelmsford, Jun 20, 2008 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/24 Asian XI v Int XI Toronto 12 May 2012 Other T20
0/34, 4/43 Smrst 2nd XI v Middx 2nd XI Richmond 10 May 2011 Other
0/43, 1/66 Smrst 2nd XI v Sussx 2nd XI Taunton 20 Apr 2011 Other
0/33 World Mast. v PCA XI London 2 Sep 2009 Other T20
2/35 Lahore v ICL Hyd Ahmedabad 16 Nov 2008 Other T20
0/22, 22* Lahore v ICL Hyd Ahmedabad 15 Nov 2008 Other T20
1/31 Lahore v ICL Hyd Ahmedabad 13 Nov 2008 Other T20
2/26 Lahore v Chennai Ahmedabad 10 Nov 2008 Other T20
1/27 Lahore v Chennai Ahmedabad 9 Nov 2008 Other T20
3/35 Lahore v Dhaka Ahmedabad 7 Nov 2008 Other T20
Profile

A trend-setter. Saqlain Mushtaq was perhaps the first offspinner to master the doosra, a delivery that spins away from the batsman even though it is delivered with an offspinner's action. Saqlain has a fast, short-stepping action with a halting delivery, and has a propensity to bowl no-balls, unusually for a bowler with such a short run. He is criticised for attempting too much variation and he often throws in the doosra the first time a batsman faces. Saqlain's international career got off to a splendid start - he was the fastest bowler to 100 one-day wickets, and his phenomenal control meant that he regularly bowled at the death. But his finest moment arguably came in a Test match, at Chennai in 1998-99, when his ten-for allowed Pakistan to sneak nerve-tingling 12-run win against India. However, his stock has fallen a long way since then, with Shoaib Malik, a better batsman than Saqlain, usurping the spinner's spot in the ODI line-up and Danish Kaneria becoming the frontline Test spinner. Saqlain did get an opportunity to have a go at the Indians again in the 2003-04 series, but unflattering figures of 1 for 204 at Multan meant that he was quickly consigned to the scrap heap. He was unable to force his way back ahead of Danish Kaneria and he was blighted by injury after a prolific time with Surrey. However, his career was given a lifeline in 2007 when he joined Mushtaq Ahmed at Sussex and there was even talk of him qualifying for England. That could remain a distant dream, after signing a contract with the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League. Indeed, his ICL contract forced Surrey to severe ties with him after the 2008 season, ending his 11-year relationship with The Oval.

Kamran Abbasi October 2008

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Feb 25, 2014

Saqlain Mushtaq gives some tips to Denesh Ramdin, February 25, 2014

Saqlain Mushtaq gives some tips to Denesh Ramdin

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Feb 25, 2014

Nikita Miller bowls as he is watched by Saqlain Mushtaq, February 25, 2014

Nikita Miller bowls as he is watched by Saqlain Mushtaq

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Sep 12, 2013

Saqlain Mushtaq instructs Veerasammy Permaul, Cave Hill, Barbados, September 12, 2013

Saqlain Mushtaq instructs Veerasammy Permaul

© WICB Media/Brooks LaTouche Photography Ltd

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2000

Tour Results
England v Australia at The Oval - Sep 8-12, 2005
Match drawn
Essex v Australians at Chelmsford - Sep 3-4, 2005
Match drawn
England v Australia at Nottingham - Aug 25-28, 2005
England won by 3 wickets
Northants v Australians at Northampton - Aug 20-21, 2005
Match drawn
Scotland v Australians at Edinburgh - Aug 18, 2005
Match abandoned without a ball bowled
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