Ajmal Shahzad Biography
Ajmal Shahzad, Huddersfield-born, and raised in Bradford, made history on May 23, 2004, when he became the first British-born Asian to play for Yorkshire. Shahzad is a right-arm fast bowler and a useful explosive late middle-order batsman known for his lusty blows.
Shahzad has been a part of the English side in all formats of the game but has not achieved sustained success.
He was born on 27th July 1985. Shahzad was recently been a part of the Sussex County Cricket Club.
He comes from a rare breed of players who have their roots in the subcontinent to make their way into the national side.
The lanky fast bowler has played in 87 matches in his cricketing career to date.
He has taken 120 wickets at an impressive average of 29.69.
Shahzad is also one of that rare example of an English street cricketer, much in the Pakistan tradition, who made their way towards achieving glory.
He went through a couple of slow seasons at Yorkshire as injuries restricted his development, and he managed only a solitary appearance in 2006, but having changed his action to avoid a repetition of his stress fracture and finally gained consistency to his undoubted talent, he was given a chance following the promotion of Tim Bresnan to the national squad.
He claimed 40 wickets and scored 445 runs for Yorkshire in their 2009 Championship campaign.
The performance helped him earn a spot in the development squad during England's tour of South Africa in 2009.
On January 2010, he was named in the Test and ODI squads for the England tour of Bangladesh.
On his debut for England in a Twenty20 International against Pakistan, he claimed two wickets, both in his first over, which caught the eye of many.
He later made his ODI début against Bangladesh, again taking a wicket in his first over.
When the Bangla tigers later toured England, he made his Test début in the second Test, replacing the injured Bresnan.
After only scoring 5 runs in England's innings and an expensive start with the ball, Shahzad scalped 3 wickets in 3 overs in his second spell as Bangladesh missed the follow-on target by a whisker.
An injury-free season and the promotion of Tim Bresnan to the national team meant that Shahzad enjoyed his best ever year in domestic circuit picking up 40 wickets and scoring 445 late order runs in 2009.
He got his opportunities with the ODI squad and also made it to the playing XI during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
In the mega-event, playing against India at Bangalore under some immense pressure, Shahzad struck a decisive six in the final stages of the match which helped England tie the high-scoring roller coaster match.
However, he didn't make a re-entry into the national side since the World Cup.
Since then, he has been regularly playing on the domestic circuit.
Injuries have kept him out of the squad for the long. The return of Shahzad to the squad seems bleak.
He has been a regular feature in the domestic circuit and has represented top county sides like Lancashire, Yorkshire, and Nottinghamshire, delivering some match-winning performances.