Mushtaq Ahmed Biography
Mushtaq Ahmed is a former Pakistani cricketer, who represented Pakistan in ODIs and Tests. He was born on 28 June 1970 in Sahiwal, Pakistan.
He was a wrist spinner who bowled right-arm leg breaks and a right-handed batsman.
Mushtaq made his first-class debut playing for Multan in January 1987. He took four wickets in the second innings of the match against Sukkur.
He was selected in the Pakistan team for the 1988 Under-19 World Cup, where he was the joint leading wicket-taker with 19 scalps at an average of 16.21.
His remarkable performances in first-class and Under-19 cricket helped him to make his way into the Pakistan national team.
He made his international debut on 23 March 1989 in an ODI match against Sri Lanka where he took two wickets for 33 runs. He was a regular in the Pakistan team and was eventually selected in the squad for the 1992 Cricket World Cup.
He made his test debut in the year 1990 against Australia. While he went wicketless in the first innings, Mushtaq could pick up only one wicket in the second innings.
Rise to Glory
He played a crucial role in Pakistan’s 1992 Cricket World Cup winning campaign as he took 16 wickets and was the joint second-highest wicket taker in the tournament.
In the Test series against Australia in 1995, he took his first five-wicket haul in the second Test and repeated the feat in the third Test match of the series.
Mushtaq played county cricket for Somerset between 1993 and 1998 and took 289 wickets at an average of 26.32 in 62 first-class matches for them. He played for Surrey in 2002 but didn’t perform up to the expectations.
He gave his best performances playing for Sussex. He joined Sussex in 2003 and was the leading county wicket taker for five consecutive seasons. He led Sussex to three title wins in five seasons. In 85 matches with Sussex, he took 478 wickets at an average of 25.34.
Stats and Records
In the 52 Test matches Mushtaq played, he took 185 wickets at an average close to 33 with 10 five-wicket hauls. He took 161 wickets in 142 ODIs with an economy rate of 4.26.
In 1997, he was named as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year.
He played his last Test match against South Africa on 24 October 2003 before being dropped. He retired from cricket in 2008 because of the persistent knee problem.
Immediately after Mushtaq’s retirement, the England and Wales Cricket Board appointed him as England cricket team’s spin-bowling coach. He was the bowling coach of Surrey County Cricket Club for a brief period of time in 2012.
In 2014, Mushtaq was named as Pakistan cricket team’s bowling consultant under new coach Waqar Younis.