20 year old Abdullah Shafique named in Pakistan squad for Zimbabwe series 2020 also for New Zealand tour of 2020. Pakistan always known to give chances to raw talent who sparks in domestic cricket with their talent.
First Class Debut
Shafique was not known in Pakistan’s domestic circuit before last year’s Quaid-e-Azam trophy when he made his first class debut while playing for Central Punjab against Southern Punjab.
Abdullah Shafique 100 on debut innings which is also his only first class innings to date showed some glimpses of his talent.
Abdullah Shafique in PSL
Although Abdullah Shafique was pick by Multan Sultan in PSL 2018 for USD 10,000 but wasn’t able to make his PSL debut till now. He worked in Multan Sultan camp with Gio Colussi to enhance hi skills and it paid off when he got chance in first class cricket.
Abdullah Shafique in National T20 Cup 2020
In national T20 cup 2020 Abdullah Shafique continued his form and became first Pakistani cricketer and only second in the world to score century on both first class and T20 debut. He announces his arrival in shortest format by scoring 102 not out of just 58 balls.
Abdullah Shafique national T20 cup 2020 stats shoot his case for national selection as he was 7th highest run getter with 358 runs in 10 matches with a century and 2 fifties under his credit, which prompted selectors to pick him in 22 member squad for series against Zimbabwe.
His batting technique is greatly hailed by many in domestic cricket. He plays conventional cricket shots and still manages to maintain good strike rate. His strike rate in national T20 cup which are his only credentials at the moment is 133 runs per 100 balls.
Abdullah Shafique Career
Anduallah Shafique debut was set to place against Zimbabwe when he played T20I for Pakistan in Dec 2020 where he impressed with composed 41 not out of 37 balls. He followed it up with two consecutive ducks against New Zealand in their homeland.
Abdullah doesn’t have a sudden rise instead he came through system when he represented Multan U16’s & U19’s before upgraded to Pakistan Under 19 team which played against Sri Lanka and also represented Pakistan in U19 Asia Cup.
Born in Sialkot in 1999, cricket runs in the family for him as his father Shafique Ahmed is a former first class cricketer and his uncle Arshad Ali played international cricket for UAE during 2004 to 2008.