Imran Nazir

Imran Nazir

Full name Imran Nazir
Born December 16, 1981, Gujranwala, Punjab
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Major teams Pakistan, Asia XI, Dhaka Gladiators, ICL Pakistan XI, Lahore Badshahs, National Bank of Pakistan, North West Frontier Province Panthers, Pakistan Reserves, Sheikhupura Cricket Association, Sialkot Cricket Association, Sialkot Stallions, Water and Power Development Authority, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited


Imran Nazir is a Pakistani batsman in cricket who represented the Pakistan national cricket team in Test cricket, One Day International and Twenty20 cricket matches.

Career

Nazir made his debut in Test cricket on March 1999, against Sri Lanka at Lahore in Pakistan and a few days later, he made his One Day International debut against the same opposition at Visakhapatnam in India. He played in 8 Test matches between 1999–2002 and secured a spot in the Pakistan squad since 2002. He also played in One Day International arena, but he could never cement his place in the squad. The emergence of several Pakistan opening batsmen such as Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Taufeeq Umar and Salman Butt kept him out of the national side. However he displayed excellent cricketing performances in First class cricket.

Nazir made his return to the national team in the second One Day International against South Africa in February 2007 during Pakistan’s tour of South Africa. He impressed the Pakistan national selectors with his innings of 57 runs from just 39 deliveries, though he struggled to score runs during the rest of the tournament.

Nazir was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2007 World Cup. He scored 160 runs against Zimbabwe in Pakistan’s last match during the 2007 Cricket World Cup, after being knocked out by Ireland.

It was the second highest score by a Pakistani batsman and the eighth highest score by any batsman in World Cup history and his 8 sixes equaled the World Cup record of Australian batsman, Ricky Ponting. It was also the highest runs he scored in List A cricket. He now remains a regular member of Pakistan’s Twenty20 squads.

In 2008, Nazir signed for the Indian Cricket League and played for the Lahore Badshahs. He scored 111 runs not out, off just 44 deliveries, against the Hyderabad Heroes in the third of the best of three finals of the tournament and helped his team to victory. After signing up for the Indian Cricket League, his chances of ever playing again for Pakistan looked slim. However, on 2 February 2009, a Pakistani court suspended the ban on Indian Cricket League players, which paved the way for Nazir to make a return to the One Day International and Twenty20 squad during their tour of Sri Lanka in August 2009. He was given another chance against New Zealand int two T20I’s held in Dubai which Pakistan won 2-0. Next time, he was given a chance against Australia in only T20I in Australia but could not bat much. He showed the same form against England in February 2010 in two T2OI’s and was consequently dropped from the Pakistani side. Since then, he has played two National T20 cups. He was selected for the Hong Kong Sixes tournament 2010 in Hong Kong as a member of Pakistani squad. There again, he showed very bad form but worst of all, in the final which was inevitably in Pakistan’s favor was lost due Imran Nazir’s bowling. 46 was required from the last 8-ball over but Imran Nazir gave away 48 runs in 7 balls.

In Twenty20 games he has a bowling average of 1.00 and in his 8 deliveries he has 3 wickets a strike rate of less than 3. He has also played for Dhaka Dynamites in Bangladesh’s NCL T20 Bangladesh. He is currently playing for Dhaka Gladiators in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He has played 7 matches in BPL and has scored 207 runs with an average of 41.4 runs per game. He has a Strike Rate of 150. His highest score is 58 and he has scored 2 Half Centuries in this tournament and has hit 21 4s and 9 6s.

Batting and Fielding Averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 8 13 0 427 131 32.84 730 58.49 2 1 63 4 4 0
ODIs 79 79 2 1895 160 24.61 2339 81.01 2 9 235 32 26 0
T20Is 25 24 1 500 72 21.73 370 135.13 0 3 59 22 11 0
First-class 139 225 9 7172 185 33.20 10 44 105 0
List A 166 166 3 4386 189 26.90 9 16 77 0
Twenty20 102 100 10 2540 93 28.22 1703 149.14 0 18 290 121 35 0

Bowling Averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 79 4 49 48 1 1/3 1/3 48.00 5.87 49.0 0 0 0
T20Is 25 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 139 842 638 11 3/61 58.00 4.54 76.5 0 0
List A 166 579 567 22 3/34 3/34 25.77 5.87 26.3 0 0 0
Twenty20 102 5 26 26 4 1/0 1/0 6.50 6.00 6.5 0 0 0

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