Saad Altaf, the 33-year old Rawalpindi fast bowler, has broken the record for the best bowling figures in first-class cricket in Pakistan. He took eight wickets in each innings against Federally Administered Tribal Areas in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy to finish with 16 for 141, bettering Sohail Khan's 16 for 189 against Water and Power Development Authority in December 2007.
Altaf, playing his 98th first-class match, made his debut in the 2001-02 season. He has now upped his wickets tally to 393, which includes 27 five-fors in an innings and five ten-fors in a match. Facing him, however, was not the toughest proposition for batsmen in this round of the QeA.
The Pakistan Television side was bowled out for 37, which is the fifth-lowest total in the tournament's history. Only one batsman made it to double-digits in an innings that lasted 17.3 overs and featured four ducks. Khan Research Labs' left-arm seamer Sadaf Hussain picked up 4 for 23 while Ali Shafiq, the 20-year old medium-pacer playing only his fifth first-class game, bagged four wickets in 21 deliveries.