Full Name

Shabbir Ahmed Khan


April 21, 1976, Khanewal, Punjab


45y 278d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast medium


With the imposition of a one-year ban on him for a suspect bowling action in December 2005, Shabbir Ahmed's career will forever be blighted. He was called after the first Test against England in Multan, the second time in a year and worryingly, the fourth time in his short career. And it will remain a shame for Shabbir's career thus far held a good deal of promise. Not only did he become the joint-fastest Pakistani bowler to 50 Test wickets (with Waqar Younis in 10 Tests), but as a tall (6'5"), gangly fast-medium bowler Shabbir is moulded from different materials altogether than most Pakistani fast men. He extracts a great deal of bounce, even on lifeless wickets, and bowling from close to the stumps - much like Glenn McGrath - allows him to stick to a tight wicket-to-wicket line. He seams and cuts more than he swings, often sharply and both ways and is a sound exponent of reverse swing. He was express when he made his ODI debut, picking up three wickets but he was immediately reported - and has since reduced his pace considerably. His Test career began in impressive style as well with an eight-wicket haul against Bangladesh in Karachi, on a track that offered no assistance to the pace bowlers and in most performances since, around the world, he has picked up wickets and stemmed the flow of runs. A genial, unassuming character who started playing cricket as a batsman, his laidback personality only enhances the poignancy of what has happened to him.
Cricinfo staff January 2006

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A12868234744210.5300260
List A128657348301675/245/2428.924.4039.3320
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Shabbir Ahmed collects the Man-of-the-Match award
Shabbir Ahmed celebrates a wicket with his team-mates
Shabbir Ahmed receives the Man-of-the-Match award from Kapil Dev
Shabbir Ahmed of the Chennai Superstars poses with the Man-of-the-Match award
Shabbir Ahmed bowls during a Pakistan net session
Shabbir Ahmed claims one of his four wickets