Full name Syed Najaf Hussain Shah
Born December 17, 1984, Gojarkhan, Rawalpindi
Current age 32 years 98 days
Major teams Pakistan, Dera Murad Jamali Ibexes, Pakistan International Airlines, Rawalpindi
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium-fast
|Only ODI||Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi, May 22, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited v Pakistan International Airlines at Faisalabad, Nov 12-15, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||United Bank Limited v Pakistan International Airlines at Karachi, Feb 1, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Karachi Zebras v Rawalpindi Rams at Karachi, Feb 24, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Rawalpindi Rams v Sialkot Stallions at Faisalabad, May 13, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0, 2/60, 29*, 0/10||PIA||v Sui Northern||Faisalabad||12 Nov 2016||FC|
|0, 1/53, 19, 1/23||PIA||v Khan RL||Sargodha||5 Nov 2016||FC|
|34*, 3/56, 25||PIA||v National Bnk||Multan||29 Oct 2016||FC|
|0/29, 40, 0/39, 0||PIA||v FATA||Sialkot||15 Oct 2016||FC|
|1/49, 6, 2/19, 32||PIA||v Lahore W||Lahore||7 Oct 2016||FC|
|5*, 3/42, 27*, 1/21||PIA||v Karachi W||Karachi||1 Oct 2016||FC|
|1/27, 3||PIA||v Karachi PT||Lahore||29 Sep 2015||Other|
|0/14, 11*, 2/74, 4*||PIA||v State B of P||Multan||17 Sep 2015||Other|
|1/43, 0*||S Stallions||v R Rams||Faisalabad||13 May 2015||T20|
|0/41||S Stallions||v P Panthers||Faisalabad||11 May 2015||T20|
Although Najaf has been playing first-class cricket for seven years, it wasn't until the 2004-05 season when he grabbed over 60 wickets on the local circuit that he got noticed. The tall and well-built Najaf, one of the handful left-arm pacers that Pakistan has produced since the retirement of Wasim Akram, had been on the verge of international selection ever since.
Utlising his height well, Najaf extracts that extra bounce that has been a constituent of his success with the Pakistan U-17 and U-19 teams as well as Pakistan A on a few occasions. A consistent domestic performer for his native city of Rawalpindi as well as Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Najaf bagged another 60 wickets in the following domestic season and was duly selected for the Pakistan Academy and Patron's XI teams.
Yet another decent enough season with 36 wickets, this raw talent was sent off to Bangladesh with the Aademy team where his performance, and Pakistan's lack of artillery for the Abu Dhabi tour, saw him make his international debut. Although he went wicketless, and got whacked around towards the final overs, his bounce and movement that clearly troubled Sanath Jayasuria will ensure that he remains part of Pakistan's long-term plans even though he was dropped for the subsequent tour to Scotland to make room for the fit-again Shoaib Akhtar.
Faras Ghani (June 2007)
Stats highlights from the fourth day in Ranchi, where Cheteshwar Pujara batted for ages and the Australians toiled like they haven't had to in many years
For the third time this home season, the team took the lead after its opposition put up 400 batting first but the Ranchi effort was special
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
South Africa are set to play 14 Tests in nine months soon, so both fast bowlers, despite being sent home from New Zealand, should not lose hope
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?
Under duress again, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim forged a match-winning partnership and contributed in the second innings to help Bangladesh create history