Full name Sohaib Maqsood
Born April 15, 1987, Multan, Punjab
Current age 29 years 276 days
Major teams Pakistan, Baluchistan, Lahore Qalandars, Multan Region, Multan Tigers, National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan Under-19s, Water and Power Development Authority
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
|ODI debut||Pakistan v South Africa at Abu Dhabi, Nov 8, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Jan 25, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Harare, Aug 23, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, Jan 17, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Lahore Region v Multan Region at Lahore, Feb 9-12, 2004 scorecard|
|Last First-class||United Bank Limited v Habib Bank Limited at Karachi, Dec 3-6, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Lahore Region v Multan Region at Lahore, Feb 8, 2004 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lahore Blues v Rawalpindi at Islamabad, Jan 14, 2017 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Multan Tigers v Sialkot Stallions at Lahore, Apr 27, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Peshawar v Karachi Whites at Multan, Sep 15, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|41||Rawalpindi||v Lahore Blues||Islamabad||14 Jan 2017||LA|
|0/10, 65*||Rawalpindi||v Peshawar||Rawalpindi||12 Jan 2017||LA|
|1/49, 38||Rawalpindi||v FATA||Islamabad||10 Jan 2017||LA|
|2/33||Rawalpindi||v Islamabad||Islamabad||8 Jan 2017||LA|
|24, 2/46||United Bank||v National Bnk||Karachi||29 Dec 2016||LA|
|0, 0/49||United Bank||v Sui Northern||Hyderabad (Sind)||27 Dec 2016||LA|
|28, 0/36||United Bank||v PIA||Hyderabad (Sind)||25 Dec 2016||LA|
|0||United Bank||v WAPDA||Karachi||23 Dec 2016||LA|
|0/21, 98||United Bank||v Habib Bank||Karachi||21 Dec 2016||LA|
|0, 0/11||United Bank||v Khan RL||Karachi||19 Dec 2016||LA|
Pakistan expects big things from Sohaib Maqsood, who shares his city of birth with Inzamam-ul-Haq (both were born in Multan), and is only the fifth Pakistan batsman to score fifties in his first two ODI innings. He made his international debut in 2013, but those who've seen him bat reckon he could have played for Pakistan much earlier had it not been for a spate of injuries.
Maqsood made his first-class debut way back in 2004 before he had turned 17, and was primarily an offspinner at the time: he batted at No. 11 and bowled 16 wicketless overs on debut. However, a back injury kept him out of first-class cricket for the next three years, and also cut short his aspirations to be a bowler.
He returned to first-class cricket in 2007-08 and immediately showed his skills as a middle-order batsman, scoring 537 runs at 53.70. He then battled through a period of poor form and a career-threatening ankle ligament injury in 2010, but all those setbacks only made him hungrier when he returned: in the 2010-11 season, he scored 951 runs, and in 2012-13, he amassed 1020. His List A stats that season were even more impressive: 944 runs at an average of 78 and a strike rate of 105, numbers which gave him a place in Pakistan's Twenty20 squad for the matches in Zimbabwe this year, and subsequently for the ODIs against South Africa in the UAE.
Maqsood's strength is his off-side strokeplay, with the back-foot punch being a favourite. On his ODI debut he scored 56 off 54 against a South African attack that included Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Lonwabo Tsotsobe, and followed that up with 53 when no other Pakistan batsman scored more than 30.
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