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Ahmed Shahzad is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a right-handed opening batsman and also a part-time legbreak bowler. He used to play domestic cricket for Habib Bank Limited. He made his One Day International and T20I debut for Pakistan in April 2009 against Australia. Shehzad is well known for his belligerent batting and truculent attitude.
Shehzad was born on 23 November 1991 in the city of Lahore. He belongs to a Pashtun family and is fluent in Pashto. He got married to his childhood friend Sana Muraad on 19 September 2015.
Shehzad made his First class debut for Lahore Shalimars at Lahore, January 24, 2007. Since then his is part of Lahore team Lahore Lions. Shehzad has played cricket for different clubs in Pakistan domestic circuit including Habib Bank Limited, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Ravi and Lahore Shalimar. Shehzad has also played for Pakistan Under-19 team.
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A naturally-aggressive batsman from Lahore, Ahmed Shehzad has established himself as an opening batsman. He made his first class debut in 2007. The innings which led to a call-up for the national team was a 167 he scored in Pakistan Youth’s victory against England, where he was instrumental as Pakistan chased down 342.
The right-handed batsman, who took to the game aged just seven, has over the years been a prolific scorer for Pakistan’s Under-19s and Youth sides. Just 16, he made his domestic debut for Habib Bank Limited and the first signs of his enormous talent were evident when with a fine 167, he helped Pakistan Under-19 chase down a stiff target of 342 set by England in a Youth Test. Back home, he went to score 315 runs in a 5-0 mauling of Australia Under-19s in a Youth ODI series and a whirlwind 92 of just 49 balls for the Lahore Eagles in domestic game gave further proof of his talent. Following a successful 2008 Under-19 World Cup campaign, he made it to Pakistan’s Test squad for the 2009 home series against Sri Lanka.
Shehzad made his debut for Pakistan in a one-day international against Australia on 29 April 2009. In his maiden match he got run-out scoring just 4 runs. In the following 3 matches he scored 40, 43 and 19 respectively. Shehzad made his Twenty20 International debut on the same tour against Australia scoring a single boundary before being caught in the deep. Despite a failure in the Twenty20, Shehzad was selected for the Pakistan squad in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 only playing the opening game against England.
He was recalled to the side in late 2010 for a tour to New Zealand. He sparkled with good performances in T20Is and ODIs scoring his maiden T20I fifty and maiden ODI ton at Hamilton which sealed his place in the World Cup 2011 squad. Shehzad featured in five games that Pakistan played in the World Cup but couldn’t cross even 15 in any of them.
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