Zakir Khan Biography
Zakirullah Khan or popularly known as Zakir Khan is a former Pakistani cricketer who was born on April 3, 1963 in Bannu (North- West Frontier Province), Pakistan. He was a tall right arm fast- medium bowler and a right handed lower order batsman.
Zakir Khan made a magnificent international debut against New Zealand on November 12, 1984 in Peshawar where he took match figures of 4/19 and was adjudged as the ‘Man of the Match’.
After waiting for a year and half, he earned a surprise call in Test cricket when he made his debut against Sri Lanka on March 22, 1986 in Colombo.
He justified his selection where he took three wickets in the first innings, including the major wicket of Arjuna Ranatunga. In the second innings, he went wicketless and ultimately the match was drawn.
Like his first, his second Test call-up was also surprising, coming in a test match against India at Sialkot in 1989-90.
After that he was not able to play any other test match in his entire career.
Zakir’s best performances in both tests and ODIs came in his debut matches after which he earned a bit of repute, but after that he was not selected in the team on a regular basis. He only played two Test matches and 17 ODIs, in which he took five and 16 wickets respectively.
Zakir Khan’s international career didn't last too long and he retired from international cricket in 1992. Post retirment, he worked for the Pakistan board as a media manager and then secretary.