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Yasir Shah
Shah in 2020
Personal information
Full name Yasir Shah
Born 2 May 1986 (1986-05-02) (age 35)
Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm leg break
Role Bowler
Relations Junaid Khan (cousin)
Fawad Ahmed (cousin)
International information
National side Pakistan
Test debut (cap 219) 22 October 2014 v Australia
Last Test 4 February 2021 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 188) 14 September 2011 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI 11 May 2019 v England
ODI shirt no. 86
T20I debut (cap 44) 16 September 2011 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I 18 September 2011 v Zimbabwe
Domestic team information
Years Team
Rest of North-West Frontier Province
2001–2009 Pakistan Customs
2008–2015 Abbottabad Rhinos
2010 Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited
2011–present Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province
2015 Dhaka Dynamites
2016–2019 Lahore Qalandars (squad no. 86)
2017 Kent
2017 Trinbago Knight Riders
2017 Brisbane Heat
2019 Khulna Titans
2020 Peshawar Zalmi (squad no. 86)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 44 25 146 90
Runs scored 812 127 3,058 705
Batting average 14.00 18.14 17.17 22.03
100s/50s 1/0 0/0 1/7 0/2
Top score 113 32* 113 66*
Balls bowled 13,387 1,293 33,507 4,637
Wickets 234 24 612 110
Bowling average 30.50 47.91 28.61 33.47
5 wickets in innings 16 1 33 1
10 wickets in match 3 0 4 0
Best bowling 8/41 6/26 8/41 6/26
Catches/stumpings 19/– 6/– 74/– 31/–

Yasir Shah (Pashto: یاسر شاه; born 2 May 1986) is an international cricketer from Pakistan. He plays as a bowler, and is the joint-second fastest bowler in the history of Test cricket to take 100 wickets, as well as also being the fastest to pick up 200 wickets, having broken the previous record set by Australian bowler Clarrie Grimmett.

Shah made his Test match debut for Pakistan against Australia in the UAE on 22 October 2014. During Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka, Shah became the fastest Pakistani bowler to take 50 Test wickets.

Starting from December 2015 to March 2016, Shah was banned for 3 months from playing any type of cricket by the ICC after a sample taken from him was found to contain chlortalidone, a banned substance which is on WADA's prohibited list of diuretics and masking agents. In December 2018, during Pakistan's Test series against New Zealand, Shah became the fastest bowler to take 200 wickets in Tests, breaking an 82-year-old record.

Family

Born into a Bondizai Pashtun family in Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 1986, Shah is the cousin of Pakistani fast-bowler Junaid Khan as well as of Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed.

Domestic and T20 franchise career

Yasir Shah made his first-class debut in February, 2002. Shah has played for numerous teams in the Pakistani first-class domestic cricket circuit, including the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cricket team, Abbottabad Rhinos, Pakistan Customs cricket team and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited. He has also played cricket for the Pakistan A cricket team. He was selected to play for Brisbane Heat, along with fellow Pakistani Shadab Khan, for the 2017–18 Big Bash League season.

In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Khulna Titans team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.

International career

Shah played his first international match, the third game of the one-day international series on Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe, on 14 September 2011. In the game, he took 2 for 51 runs (10 overs). The wickets were of Zimbabwean opener Vusi Sibanda and star wicketkeeper-batsman Tatenda Taibu.

In August 2018, he was one of 33 players to be awarded a central contract for the 2018–19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Shah made his Test debut against Australia, who toured to the UAE in 2014. He was picked in place of Saeed Ajmal, who was banned for an illegal bowling action. In the first Test, he picked up 7 for 116 with Steve Smith becoming his first wicket. He helped the team to win the match by 221 runs. In the second Test, he picked 5 for 91 which resulted in a 356-run win for Pakistan and a whitewash for Australia. He picked 12 for 207 overall and was the second-highest wicket-taker of that series. In January 2015, Shah was selected in Pakistan's squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup and was considered as a long-term replacement for Pakistan's banned off-spinner Saeed Ajmal. He made his World Cup debut against arch-rivals India on 15 February 2015.

Starting from 27 December 2015 to 27 March 2016, Shah was banned for 3 months from playing any type of cricket by the ICC after a sample taken from him on 13 November was found to contain chlortalidone, a banned substance which is on WADA's prohibited list of diuretics and masking agents.

In June 2015, while on tour against Sri Lanka, Shah became the fastest Pakistani bowler to take 50 Test wickets, which he did in just nine matches. The record for Pakistan in Test cricket was previously held by Waqar Younis, Mohammad Asif and Shabbir Ahmed, all of whom took 50 wickets in ten matches. However, the fastest bowler to take 50 wickets in Test cricket is Charles Turner of Australia, who accomplished the feat in only six matches. Shah then picked up 3 consecutive five-wicket hauls in three Tests against Sri Lanka, further improving his Test record. For his performances in 2015, he was named in the World Test XI by ICC. He was also named in the Test XI of the year 2015 by Cricinfo

In July 2016, while on tour against England, Shah became the first leg spinner to take a five-wicket haul in a Test innings at Lord's since Mushtaq Ahmed in 1996. and 10 wickets in the whole match. He also became the highest wicket-taking bowler in a single match from any Asian side at Lord's.

On 18 July 2016, Shah reached No. 1 in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers, becoming the first Pakistani bowler to do since Ahmed in December 1996. He displaced English quick Jimmy Anderson from the No. 1 spot and is the first leg spinner since Warne in 2005 to be ranked No. 1. However, following his poor performance in the second Test eight days later, he dropped four places to number five.

Shah had 86 wickets to his name at the end of his 13th Test match and, after 15, the total was 90. Both these totals are world records for any bowler after their 13th and 15th Test match respectively. In his 17th Test match against West Indies in Dubai, Shah took his 100th Test wicket and became the second fastest ever to achieve this milestone, with only George Lohmann bettering it. He is fastest Pakistani to take 50 and 100 wickets in Tests. On 28 September 2017, during the first Test against Sri Lanka, he became the joint-second fastest bowler of all time and quickest spinner to take 150 wickets in Tests.

In November 2018, in the second Test against New Zealand, Shah took fourteen wickets in the match. In the first innings, he took eight wickets for 41 runs, the best for any bowler against New Zealand in a Test match. On the same day, he took a total of ten wickets to become the first bowler for Pakistan and, only the second bowler overall, to take ten wickets in a single day of Test match cricket. His match figures of 14/184 are currently the best by a Pakistani spin bowler in Tests, the second-best figures by any bowler for Pakistan in Tests and the most wickets by a single bowler against New Zealand in a Test match. In December 2018, during the same series against New Zealand, Shah took his 200th wicket in Test cricket. He became the fastest bowler, in terms of matches played, to take 200 wickets in Tests, doing so in his 33rd match.

In November 2019, during the series against Australia, Yasir Shah set a record for becoming the first ever bowler to concede 200 runs in an innings of a Test match on three occasions. During the same series, he also scored his first century in Test cricket. In the series against Bangladesh he took 4–58 in the 2nd innings of the first test.

In June 2020, he was named in a 29-man squad for Pakistan's tour to England during the COVID-19 pandemic. In July, he was shortlisted in Pakistan's 20-man squad for the Test matches against England.

In November 2020, Shah was nominated for the ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Decade award.

In January 2021, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for their series against South Africa.

Five-wicket hauls

Yasir Shah's five-wicket hauls in Test cricket
Against Home Away Neutral
 England - 2 -
 New Zealand - - 4
 Sri Lanka - 3 2
 West Indies - 3 2

As of November 2018, Shah has 16 five-wicket hauls in Test matches and one in a One Day International, ranking him as one of the best spinners to currently playing the game. Shah's best bowling figures are 8/41 against New Zealand in 2018. He also became the fastest Pakistani to reach 50 Test wickets. Shah's best ODI figures of 6/26 was recorded against Zimbabwe in 2015, which is currently the second best ODI bowling figures for Pakistan as well.

Awards

  • PCB's Test Player of the year – 2017.
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