Junaid Khan
Pakistani cricketer
Junaid Khan
Muhammad Junaid Khan commonly known as Junaid Khan is a Pakistani international cricketer who bowls left arm fast-medium. He is the first player from Swabi to make it into the Pakistan national cricket team. After an injury to Sohail Tanvir on the eve of the World Cup, Khan was called up as his replacement, with no experience in international cricket. Khan did not play in the tournament, and later made his ODI debut in April 2011.
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Cricket-One Day International Australia v Pakistan line-ups
Yahoo News - 29 days
Jan 22 (Gracenote) - Line-ups for the fourth One Day International between Australia and Pakistan on Sunday in Sydney, Australia Australia won toss and decided to bat Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (capt), Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Sharjeel Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Rizwan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan Referees: Chris Gaffaney (Umpire), Mick Martell (Umpire), Chettithody Shamshuddin (TV ...
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‘Tough to break into Pakistan team as a bowler’
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Not so long ago, Pakistan paceman Junaid Khan was an integral part of the Pakistan set-up but recurring injuries has seen him in and out of the squad since 2015 and now he has a tough fight on his hands to win back his place. The reinstatement of the tainted Mohammad Amir into the senior team has made the task all the more daunting for the left-armer Junaid, whose pace, movement and aggression once drew comparisons with Pakistan legend Wasim Akram. Currently the skipper of the Pakistan A team which is involved in a series against England Lions in the UAE, Junaid is also well aware that it is now or never for him.
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Surprise Cricket World Cup call-up for Pakistan's Rahat
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Pakistan on Thursday gave rookie left-arm fast bowler Rahat Ali a surprise cricket World Cup call-up, to replace the injured Junaid Khan. The 26-year-old Ali has played just one one-day international, in 2012, and was not considered for any of the 10 one-dayers Pakistan played in the build-up to the World Cup, which starts on February 14. Junaid was ruled out of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand earlier this week after failing to recover from a leg injury he sustained last month. The Pakistan Cricket Board said Ali was chosen as a replacement for injured Junaid -- despite the fact he was not even in the 30-strong preliminary squad announced last month.
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Razzaq snubbed from preliminary T20 squad
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
KARACHI:  Just a day after showing his availability, senior all-rounder Abdul Razzaq failed to find his place in Pakistan’s 30-man preliminary squad announced for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20. Razzaq said on Sunday that he had regained fitness and was looking forward to being a part of team. However, the selection committee wasn’t impressed with his performance during his comeback against South Africa in the UAE. In contrast, hopes revived for Kamran Akmal after his inclusion in the list, following some decent performances in domestic cricket.“Kamran can be used as an opener,” an official close to the selection committee told The Express Tribune. “He has good batting credentials.” The selectors have also inducted all-rounder Zohaib Ahmed following a good run. Illyas becomes PCB’s chief selector? It has been learnt that former Test cricketer Mohammad Illyas returned as the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chief selector. While the Board ...
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3rd Test: Sri Lanka edge towards strong lead
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 3 years
SHARJAH:  Sri Lanka lost early wickets in their second-innings but extended their lead to 220 runs over Pakistan in the third and final Test in Sharjah to increase their chances of a series victory. Spinner Abdur Rehman and pace man Mohammad Talha picked up two wickets apiece to reduce Sri Lanka to 89 for four but experienced Mahela Jayawardene (46) and captain Angelo Mathews (14 not out) thwarted Pakistan with a stand of 38 runs. At stumps on the penultimate day of the series, Sri Lanka reached 133 runs for five wickets to add to their first-innings lead of 87. Jayawardene, who made 129 in his team’s nine-wicket win in Dubai in the second Test, became the first Sri Lankan to cross 11,000 Test runs and eighth overall during his innings. His careful knock came to an end when his bat-pad catch off Saeed Ajmal was smartly taken by Azhar Ali at short leg. Left-arm spinner Rehman extracted good turn from the pitch and picked up the wickets of open ...
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Pakistan vs. Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Day 1: Video Highlights, Scorecard and Report
Bleacher Report - about 3 years
Sri Lanka made turgid progress on Day 1 of the third and final Test against Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The tourists reached 220-5 at the close of the opening day, scoring at little more than two runs per over. Sri Lanka, who won the toss and elected to bat, lead the three-match series 1-0. Kaushal Silva was the first man to fall, shortly after drinks in the morning session, when he edged seamer Mohammad Talha to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed for 17. Dimuth Karunaratne and Kumar Sangakkara progressed the score to 64-1 at lunch before the opener fell in the first over after the adjournment. Karunaratne was on 34 when he attempted to drive slow left-armer Abdur Rehman but got an edge, and Younis Khan dived low to his left to pick up the catch at first slip. Sangakkara and fellow stalwart Mahela Jayawardene put on 60 for the third wicket, before the former flicked Junaid Khan to Khurram Manzoor at mid-wicket. Sangakkara had made his 44th Test half-century but ...
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South Africa series: ‘Tried and tested’ on the roster again
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
KARACHI:  The Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) selection committee is expected to kick off the selection process for the home series against South Africa today, targeting to form preliminary squads for all formats in the first phase. Salim Jaffar, who is supervising the selection committee in the absence of a head, flew out to Lahore yesterday for a day-long meeting at the PCB’s headquarters that will take place today. The selectors are meeting at a time when calls for drastic changes in the team have recurred following a humiliating defeat to lower-ranked Zimbabwe in the final Test in Harare. Former cricketers are demanding the exclusion of players, who have failed consistently, and want the injection of new blood in the team. However, an official close to the selection committee confirmed to The Express Tribune that the selectors’ initial list of probables hardly carries any surprises. “There is no panic situation within the selection com ...
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Zimbabwe Take Nine Pakistan Wickets on Opening Day
NYTimes - over 3 years
Zimbabwe captured nine Pakistan wickets for 249 runs on the opening day of the first test in Harare on Tuesday after a frustrating ninth-wicket partnership between Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan.     
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Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 90 runs
The Times Of India - over 3 years
Mohammad Hafeez hit an unbeaten century and Junaid Khan took 4-15 as Pakistan claimed a 90-run victory against Zimbabwe on Thursday in the 2nd ODI.     
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Malik, Kamran out, Afridi in for Windies tour
Fox News - over 3 years
Pakistan Wednesday axed former captain Shoaib Malik, wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal and opener Imran Farhat for this month's limited-overs series in the West Indies, but dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi was back in the team. Selectors made four changes in the one-day team which crashed out of last month's eight-nation Champions Trophy in England, losing all three games due to sloppy batting. Malik managed just 25 runs in the three matches, Kamran scored 23 in the same number and Farhat scored four in two. Pakistan failed to cross the 170-mark in any of their games. Pakistan will play five one-day and two Twenty20 internationals in the Caribbean, with the first one-day match in Guyana on July 14. Misbah-ul Haq will lead the one-day team while Mohammad Hafeez will skipper the Twenty20 side. Chief selector Iqbal Qasim said the 16-man one-day and 15-member T20 squads were selected after discussion with the team management. "We have selected separate squads after consultation wit ...
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Team India falls after MS Dhoni fight
The Times Of India - about 4 years
Left-arm pacer Junaid Khan scythed through India's top-order with a four-wicket burst to set up Pakistan's six-wicket win in first ODI at Chidambaram Stadium.
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HBL eyeing place in the final
The Express Tribune Blogs - about 4 years
KARACHI: HBL took a seven-run first-innings lead against over an under-strength SNGPL side in their President’s Trophy eighth round match at the Diamond Ground in Islamabad. Half-centuries from Imran Farhat (70), Ahmed Shehzad (65*) and Shan Masood (56) helped HBL to 239 for four in 59.1 overs as day two ended early due to bad light. In another match, UBL were in dire straits against NBP, reeling on 68 for three in their second innings at close, still trailing by 148 runs at the Pindi Stadium. NBP had declared their innings on 317 for nine after resuming on 176 for one. Nasir Jamshed top-scored with a 186-ball 123, while Bilal Munir chipped in with 59 as Kashif Bhatti took four wickets. Meanwhile, Junaid Khan’s four-wicket haul gave Wapda a first-inning lead against SBP at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad. Resuming proceedings on 27 for one, SBP were bundled out for 156. Adnan Raees scored 39 as Azha Attari dismissed three batsmen. Wapda had made ...
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Xulfi announces Junaid Khan’s exit from Call
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
LAHORE:  Call has managed to gather a large fan base over the years with its edgy pop-rock sound. After rocking in Pakistan, it made its way across the subcontinent to India where it gave the crowd songs such as “Laree Chooti” and “Yeh Pal” and left them spellbound. In an exclusive interview regarding his latest project Nescafe Basement, guitarist Zulfiqar Jabbar Khan, more popularly known as Xulfi, disclosed some shocking news: Junaid Khan, the lead singer and guitarist of Call, will no longer be a part of the band. As a replacement, Mustafa Zahid from Roxen, has been playing with the band instead. “He [Junaid Khan] is very busy with his acting and personal commitments,” said Xulfi, expressing disappointment about Junaid’s solo career on the rise. He also said that Junaid is recording his own album. “This was news to us. He is busy doing his solo stuff.” Expanding on the rift, he added: “We have lost our common ground. When that happens, the b ...
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Cricket: Razzaq doubtful for Super Sixes
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI:  Abdul Razzaq, who was supposed to lead Pakistan at the Hong Kong Super Sixes this month, has become doubtful for the event as he faces disciplinary action from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). While the board is yet to announce the team, Razzaq’s name was proposed along with Umar Akmal, Junaid Khan, Yasir Shah, Hammad Azam, Tanvir Ahmed and Ovais Zia. An official of the PCB said the decision of Razzaq’s inclusion was subject to his clearance on disciplinary offence by the allrounder. “The board is yet to announce the team,” said the official. “As far as Razzaq is concerned, he requires clearance as he is facing disciplinary action for code of conduct breach.” Published in The Express Tribune, October 12th, 2012.
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Pakistan vs Australia second one-day teams
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
ABU DHABI: Teams and match officials for the second one-day international between Pakistan and Australia to be played at Abu Dhabi Stadium here on Friday: Australia (from): Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, George Bailey, Dan Christian, Xavier Doherty, Callum Ferguson, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Alister McDermott, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade. Pakistan (from): Misbahul Haq (captain), Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanveer, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG) and Ahsan Raza (PAK) TV umpire: Billy Bowden (NZL) Match referee: Roshan Mahanama
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Junaid Khan brings back Brian O’ Connell for ‘Keh Do’
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
LAHORE:  Rock star Junaid Khan, the lead vocalist of pop-rock band Call, needs no introduction. By creating sensational tracks such as “Yeh Pal” and “Laree Chooti” with his band, and “So Close, So Distant” as a solo artist, Khan has won the hearts of music lovers. As he experiments with prime time television dramas, he is unsure which of two passions he will abandon: his thriving acting career or his music. But despite having his finger in more than one pie, Khan has made a smashing return to the music scene – this time with former Junoon guitarist Brian O’Connell. The duo’s upcoming track “Keh Do” is a romantic Urdu number, which will be Brian’s first collaboration in Pakistan since the much-lamented break-up of Junoon. “Forget grudges and leave differences aside; express and spread love when you have the chance – this is what ‘Keh Do’ is all about,” Khan says about his first Urdu track from his solo album. “I absolutely love it because I be ...
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Illogical team selection
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
LAHORE: The chief selector of the Pakistan cricket team has been quoted as saying that players included in the national Twenty20 squad for the upcoming World Cup, including Abdul Razzaq, Imran Nazir and Kamran Akmal, have been selected on the basis of their experience. If that is the case then why was a relatively unknown like Raza Hassan selected over the experienced Abdur Rehman? The chief selector further said that Asad Shafiq was selected on the basis of his performances in the recent Sri Lankan Test series. However, he should know that it is going to be a Twenty20 World Cup event and if there is no difference between Tests and Twenty20s, then why have separate teams in the first place? Furthermore, if  Test performances are to be considered, then why is Mohammad Sami in the squad while Junaid Khan, who excelled, was left out. Going back to Razzaq’s selection, Azhar Mahmood has been a consistent performer as an all-rounder in both the BPL and th ...
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I was scared on my return: Junaid Khan
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
KARACHI:  One of the few highlights for Pakistan during the Test series against Sri Lanka was the performance of left-arm fast-bowler Junaid Khan. While Pakistan lost their first Test series since August 2010, Junaid’s comeback and his impressive show on Sri Lankan pitches, which offered very little help to the pacemen, won him accolades from the cricket fraternity. Junaid, who was making a comeback following back-to-back injuries, ended as the most successful paceman in Sri Lanka, claiming 14 wickets at an average of just over 21 including two five-wicket hauls. The fast-bowler’s performance also comes at a time when the team lacks a quality paceman with Umar Gul’s inconsistent show being a major concern. However, behind that impressive show was nervousness and anxiety that had gripped the 22-year-old when he stepped out on the field. The left-armer said he had overcome a lot of pressure to do well in the three-match Test series. “A lot of ...
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Test rankings: Pakistan overtake India
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
Despite a 1-0 series-loss against Sri Lanka, Pakistan has risen to fourth in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings, overtaking India in the process. The new rankings, released by the ICC yesterday, reflect all Test series completed since August 2009 with results from the previous year having dropped off. Over the next 12 months, new results will be added to the table as they happen so that by July 2013 there will be four years of results taken into consideration. Pakistan have lost just five Tests in the last two years – including three in the infamous 2010 series against England – and the series-loss against Sri Lanka was the first under Misbhaul Haq’s tenure as captain. Meanwhile, South Africa’s chances of replacing England as number one after their forthcoming three- Test series became more difficult. The South Africans slipped to third in the list – Australia replacing them in second – and dropped to nine points off Eng ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Junaid Khan
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 25
    Junaid Khan's son died on April 28, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details He announced the tragic news on Twitter. No cricket had come from Swabi before and Junaid Khan didn't take interest in cricket initially, he played with tape-ball & was introduced to hard ball set up by his cousin. At 16 years age Junaid Khan was measured as the fastest bowler in the NWFP Twenty/20 competition. Junaid Khan said, "Some of my team mates suggested that I should go for the Under 17 trials Abbottabad. I was in two minds but afterwards I was relieved that I attended the trials, as Ehteshamuddin spotted me and told me that I had potential and that I should go to Lahore".
  • 2015
    Age 24
    On 24 July 2015, it was announced by tribune.com.pk that Middlesex had signed Khan for the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup.
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    Junaid Khan got married to Khansa Khan in February 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 23
    On 23 April 2014, Lancashire confirmed that Khan would be returning to play in both the NatWest T20 blast and the Royal London One Day Cup.
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  • 2013
    Age 22
    Later on, he turned down all offers to focus on the Champion's Trophy 2013.
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    In early 2013, Junaid Khan received offers from 3 county clubs, Lancashire, Surrey and Sussex.
    More Details Hide Details He said he would think about them after the Test series in South Africa, and getting clearance from the PCB.
    He picked up his 50th Test wicket in his 14 Tests by claiming Dinesh Chandimal's wicket in the first Test against them in the UAE, in the 2013/14 season.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the highest wicket-taker in the ODI leg of the same tour, having 13 scalps from 5 games. Khan modelled his bowling action on that of fellow left-arm fast-bowler Wasim Akram. He was also influenced by watched clips of Imran Khan bowling. In his own words, Khan is "a line and length bowler" and he believes that "if you try to be accurate and you bowl a tight line the wickets will follow." According to Khan, he usually bowls around. He has the ability to swing the ball into and away from batsmen. Khan stated that during his time with Lancashire County Cricket Club he learned how to bowl a yorker and how to use swing and seam. Khan played 8 T20 games for Lancashire in 2011, taking 12 wickets, including a 3-12 spell against Derbyshire.
    In November 2013, despite his injured shin, he successfully defended 9 runs off the final over in Port Elizabeth clinching Pakistan a 1 run win and Pakistan's first bilateral ODI series win against the Proteas.
    More Details Hide Details Junaid also has an impressive record against Sri Lanka, having played 13 games, 7 Tests and 6 ODIs. He has taken all four of his Test five-wicket hauls against Sri Lanka, 2 in the UAE and 2 in SL. His best innings bowling figures of 5/38 was taken against them, as well as best match figures, 8/151. Also, 48 of his international wickets have come against this particular side.
  • 2012
    Age 21
    In December 2012, Junaid Khan was again picked for the series against India and was given a chance in the ODI series and he performed superbly by picking up 4 wickets in the first match (clean bowled Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj) and helped in Pakistan win in first ODI and again performed superbly in the second ODI and picked up three wickets including two top order vital wickets of Gambhir and Kohli.
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    Junaid Khan got selected for the ODI squad for Australia's tour of Pakistan in UAE, August–September 2012, playing his first series against Australia.
    More Details Hide Details However he was excluded from the T20 side, hence being excluded from the T20 World Cup being held in Sri Lanka in September. This decision was criticised to be unjustified due to the selection of fast bowler Mohammad Sami and his recent performance against Sri Lanka.
    Junaid Khan is first son of Zahir khan. In an interview to Aaj News, when he was asked about marriage, he told that he has no plan of getting married at the moment.In late 2012, social media circles started circulating rumors that Junaid Khan was a Carpet seller in his hometown.
    More Details Hide Details His cousin cleared up the image and it was revealed that his grandfathers have their own tobacco business in Swabi. Junaid has one younger brother, Tahir Khan, and a elder sister.
  • 2011
    Age 20
    On 1 September 2011, Khan made his Test debut against Zimbabwe; Pakistan's fast bowlers in the match were inexperienced, with just one Test cap between them.
    More Details Hide Details The coach, Waqar Younis, commented that though Khan had a successful spell with Lancashire he still had a lot to learn as a Test bowler. Khan's sole wicket in the match, which Pakistan won, was that of batsman Craig Ervine caught and bowled. The following month, Pakistan played Sri Lanka in three Test, five ODIs, and a T20I. On the opening day of the Test series, on a pitch suited to batting, Khan took his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests. Pakistan won the Test series 1 -, and Khan contributed 12 wickets to the victory. During the fifth ODI he suffered the first injury of his career: a partial tear of the muscles in his abdomen. As a result, he was unable to play for six weeks and missed Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh in November and December. His match winning performance also came during a T20 match against England.
    Following the recurrence of a knee injury to Sohail Tanvir, the uncapped Khan was added in Pakistan's squad for the 2011 World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details He did not play a single match in the tournament and was forced to wait for his ODI debut. When Pakistan toured the West Indies for two Tests, five ODIs, and a T20I in April and May Khan was included in the squad. On 21 April, Khan made his T20I debut and went wicketless in the match. Two days later, Khan, Mohammad Salman, and Hammad Azam made their ODI debuts against West Indies. Opening the bowling with Wahab Riaz, Khan conceded 49 runs from 10 overs without taking a wicket. Pakistan won the series 3–2 and Khan finished with three wickets from five matches, making him the team's fourth highest wicket-taker. His first ODI wicket was that of Marlon Samuels. In May, Pakistan toured Ireland for a two-match ODI series. Junaid was Man of the Match in the first fixture, taking four wickets for twelve runs to help Pakistan to a seven-wicket victory. Pakistan won the series 2–0 and Junaid finished as the second-highest wicket-taker for the series with six at an average of 10.83. On the advice of former Pakistan and Lancashire all-rounder Wasim Akram, Lancashire signed Junaid Khan on "modest terms" according to coach Mike Watkinson to play for them in the Friends Life t20 in June with the possibility of playing in the County Championship. Problems with his visa meant Khan's Lancashire debut was delayed and it was not until 27 June that he represented Lancashire for the first time in a twenty20 match.
    Khan did not play in the tournament, and later made his ODI debut in April 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In June that year Khan represented Lancashire County Cricket Club in English domestic cricket.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2010
    Age 19
    In the unofficial Test series between Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A in 2010, Junaid was his team's leading wicket-taker with ten from two matches.
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  • 2008
    Age 17
    In the 2008/09 season, Khan represented the Khan Research Laboratories cricket team and played for them in the final of the 2008/09 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy; he took a single wicket in the match as his team lost to Sialkot.
    More Details Hide Details Khan also played for Pakistan A.
  • 2007
    Age 16
    Khan made his first-class debut on 24 January 2007 at the age of 17.
    More Details Hide Details Playing for Abbottabad against Multan, his first wicket was that of Majid Majeed. The match ended in a draw and Khan finished with four wickets for 57 runs (4/57). For four years he took wickets consistently for his domestic team Abottabad and he was the team's chief strike bowler, he also played for Abbottabad Falcons in the Faysal Bank Twenty20.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Age -2
    Born on December 24, 1989.
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