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Mohammad Huraira becomes second-youngest triple-centurion in Pakistan first-class cricket

The 19-year old, who hails from Sialkot, is the son of Shoaib Malik's half-brother

Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq
20-Dec-2021
Mohammad Huraira punches off the back foot, Afghanistan U-19 v Pakistan U-19, Super League quarter-final, Under-19 World Cup, Benoni, January 31, 2020

Mohammad Huraira is in his maiden first-class season for Northern  •  Getty Images

At 19 years old, Mohammad Huraira became the second-youngest batter to score a first-class triple century in Pakistan after Javed Miandad, who was the 17 years 310 days old when he scored 311 for Karachi Whites against National Bank of Pakistan in the Kardar Summer Shield final in Karachi. Huraira's innings of 311 off 343 balls and 561 minutes was the 23rd triple-century on Pakistan soil and it made him the 18th Pakistani player to achieve this feat.
Huraira, who hails from Sialkot, is the son of Shoaib Malik's half-brother. He is in his maiden first-class season for Northern but is already the second-leading run-getter with 878 in 16 innings at an average of 58.53. That includes three hundreds and three fifties. Huraira's side will take on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the final of Quaid-e-Azam trophy starting from December 25.
This is the second triple-hundred this season following a 303 not out from Sindh's Ahsan Ali in November. In 2016, Karachi Whites opener Hamza Ghanchi became the third-youngest player to score a triple-century in Pakistan after Miandad and Aftab Baloch, and only the sixth batsman in history to convert his maiden first-class century into a triple-century.
Huraira shot to prominence at the age of 17 when he emerged the top scorer in the PCB Under-19 one-day tournament with 342 runs and amassed another 358 runs in the three-day event to end its third-leading run-getter. He was subsequently picked for the Pakistan squad for Under-19 Word Cup last year and made a fifty on youth ODI debut, against Afghanistan, before he was run out for backing up too far at the non-strikers' end. He was declared Man-of-the-Match in that game for his 64 and two catches.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent