Zulfiqar Babar Biography
Zulfiqar Babar is a Pakistani cricketer, born on 10th December 1978 in Okara, Punjab. He bowls slow left-arm orthodox and bats right-handed in the tail.
At 34 years, he became the third-oldest Pakistani to make test debut.
Babar took two wickets in his first-class cricket for Rest of Punjab in 2001-02. But he skipped domestic seasons from 2002-03 to 2006-07, only playing district matches and T20 games in the UAE as the guest player.
On his return to Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in 2007, Babar took 13 wickets in five matches. He attained the spotlight by taking 69 wickets at 16.42 in the 2009-10 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
His astounding 2012-13 season with 93 wickets in 13 matches at 17.04 brought him close to the national team.
In October 2013, Babar’s 6 for 22 in a practice game between Pakistan Chief Ministers XI and Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman's XI elevated him to the national side.
Babar won his debut T20 for Pakistan taking three wickets in four overs and chipping in with 13 runs off 17 deliveries against West Indies at Kingston in July 2013. He picked two wickets in the next match.
Babar compensated his long wait with five wickets in his test debut against a strong South Africa batting in Abu Dhabi in October 2013.
The leggie fetched one wicket in his ODI debut against Australia at Sharjah in October 2014.
Rise to Glory
Babar tormented Australia in his second test series, taking seven wickets in two matches at 26.36 in 2014.
He broke Pakistan’s 20-year long wait to win a test series against Australia by scalping five wickets in the final innings of the second test.
Babar’s performance fell drastically since Bangladesh series in April 2015, as his average jumped to 51.57 in his last eight tests. He played his last test against West Indies at Sharjah in October 2016, before getting dropped for New Zealand tour. He took 54 wickets at 39.42 in 15 tests.
Babar could only take four wickets in five ODI’s as he did not get a further chance of playing since his last ODI against Bangladesh in Dhaka in April 2015.
Babar was questioned on the allegations of match-fixing in Pakistan Super League in February 2017.
Babar became the oldest Pakistani bowler to grab 50 test wickets when he dismissed James Taylor against England in November 2015 at Sharjah.
Babar represented Balochistan, Punjab, Multan at domestic level and currently plays first-class cricket for Water and Power Authority.
He spent two seasons with Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League, taking 15 wickets in 18 matches.