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Full name Syed Najaf Hussain Shah
Born December 17, 1984, Gojarkhan, Rawalpindi
Current age 29 years 221 days
Major teams Pakistan, Dera Murad Jamali Ibexes, Pakistan International Airlines, Rawalpindi
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||Pakistan International Airlines v State Bank of Pakistan at Karachi, Jan 22-24, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||2000/01|
|Last List A||Pakistan International Airlines v Port Qasim Authority at Karachi, Jan 19, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Karachi Zebras v Rawalpindi Rams at Karachi, Feb 24, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Dera Murad Jamali Ibexes v Lahore Lions at Islamabad, Feb 9, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/27, 8||DM Jamali||v Lahore Lions||Islamabad||9 Feb 2014||T20|
|1/3||DM Jamali||v Falcons||Rawalpindi||7 Feb 2014||T20|
|32, 5/49, 9*, 1/19||PIA||v State B of P||Karachi||22 Jan 2014||FC|
|3/29, 0||PIA||v Port Qasim A||Karachi||19 Jan 2014||LA|
|0/55, 1, 0/28||PIA||v Port Qasim A||Karachi||14 Jan 2014||FC|
|3*, 0/23||PIA||v United Bank||Karachi||11 Jan 2014||LA|
|16*, 2/68, 4, 1/31||PIA||v United Bank||Karachi||6 Jan 2014||FC|
|2/35||PIA||v WAPDA||Faisalabad||3 Jan 2014||LA|
|17, 1/61, 12*, 2/29||PIA||v WAPDA||Faisalabad||29 Dec 2013||FC|
|2/30, 4, 6/80||PIA||v ZTBL||Rawalpindi||21 Dec 2013||FC|
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)
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