Abid Ali is a Pakistani cricketer, born in Lahore, Pakistan on 16th October 1987. He is a right-handed opening batsman. He recently became the 15th batsman overall and 3rd Pakistani to score a century on ODI debut.
He has been selected to play for Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup 2019.
His First Class career started with the Lahore Ravi team in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, which is Pakistan’s premier First Class competition. He made his debut for the side way back in 2007. Since then, he has been an integral part of the Lahore team.
He became the leading run-getter in the 2017/18 edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy when he scored 541 runs in just seven innings.
He made his List A debut in 2005 and has been able to score above 3300 runs in just above 90 matches. His top score of 209* against Peshawar is the highest List A score by a Pakistani batsman.
Due to his exploits in domestic cricket, he was soon picked up to play for the national side in March 2019.
Ali made his ODI debut against Australia at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on 29 March 2019. Australia put 277 on the board in the first innings. Abid Ali opened the innings for Pakistan and went on to become the 3rd Pakistani batsman to score a century on ODI debut. His score of 112 is the joint seventh-highest in the world on ODI debut.
Only Mohammad Rizwan (104) supported Ali as none of the other batsmen could score over 7. Due to this, Australia won the match by 6 runs.
So far, Ali has represented Pakistan in only 2 ODIs. He scored 112 in the first and got a golden duck in the second. Pakistan lost both the matches.
World Cup squad
He got a lucky break in Pakistan’s squad for World Cup 2019. The preliminary squad was announced in April 2019.