ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Zulfiqar Babar
Full name Zulfiqar Babar
Born December 10, 1978, Okara, Punjab
Current age 38 years 254 days
Major teams Pakistan, Baluchistan, Baluchistan Bears, Multan, Multan Tigers, Pakistan A, Quetta Gladiators, Rest of Punjab, The Rest, Water and Power Development Authority
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
|Test debut||Pakistan v South Africa at Abu Dhabi, Oct 14-17, 2013 scorecard|
|Last Test||Pakistan v West Indies at Sharjah, Oct 30-Nov 3, 2016 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Oct 7, 2014 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v Pakistan at Dhaka, Apr 22, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||West Indies v Pakistan at Kingstown, Jul 27, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Pakistan v West Indies at Dhaka, Apr 1, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Habib Bank Limited v Water and Power Development Authority at Karachi, Dec 10-15, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Faisalabad Wolves v Multan Tigers at Karachi, Mar 11, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Punjab (Pakistan) v Sindh at Rawalpindi, Apr 27, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Multan Tigers v Peshawar Panthers at Karachi, Feb 28, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Peshawar Zalmi v Quetta Gladiators at Lahore, Mar 5, 2017 scorecard|
A left-arm spinner with plenty of experience, Zulfiqar Babar had to wait more than ten years since his first-class debut to finally get a Test match. When he finally played against South Africa in the Test series in the UAE in 2013, he had already taken 309 first-class wickets at an average of 20.36.
Babar hails from Okara, a small town 85 miles away from Lahore, and is the first from the town to play for Pakistan in 65 years. The lack of top-class facilities, though, didn't diminish his hunger or ambition. Despite not breaking through to the national team earlier, Babar made sure his name was always in the reckoning by consistently being among the wickets. In the 2009-10 Quaid-e-Azam tournament, he took 69 wickets at 16.42. A national call-up didn't come about then, but the selectors couldn't look away when he took 93 first-class wickets in 13 games in the 2012-13 season, at an average of 17.04. He sealed his case when he took 6 for 22 in a practice game between Pakistan Chief Ministers XI and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman's XI in October 2013.
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