Faisal Iqbal

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Faisal Iqbal
فیصل اقبال
Personal information
Full name Faisal Iqbal
Born 30 December 1981 (1981-12-30) (age 36)
Karachi, Pakistan
Batting Right-hand bat
Bowling Right-arm medium
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 164) 8 March 2001 v New Zealand
Last Test 3 January 2010 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 132) 19 February 2000 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 13 December 2006 v West Indies
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI
Matches 26 18
Runs scored 1,124 314
Batting average 26.76 22.42
100s/50s 1/8 1/-
Top score 139 100*
Balls bowled 6 18
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 22/- 3/-
Source: Cricinfo, 24 December 2016

Faisal Iqbal (Urdu: فیصل اقبال) (born 30 December 1981 in Karachi is a member of Pakistan cricket team in Tests and ODIs.

Domestic Cricket ==Early life and family== Iqbal is the nephew of cricketing great Javed Miandad[1] and elder brother of Fahad Iqbal, also a professional cricketer played for Pakistan A , Pak Under 19 , Karachi , PIA and Islamabad Faisal (late) Father was a professional Field Hockey player played for Pakistan Customs and KPT His Uncles Bashir Miandad , Anwar Miandad and Sohail Miandad were first class players, played for HBL and PIA and 2 uncles (father brothers)played professional Field Hockey for (H.B.F.C) , Karachi and KPT. [2]

Faisal made his first class debut in 1998 against the touring Australian , side match in Karachi as a 17 years old , He has been the Best Batsman in Quaid e Azam Trophy and Patrons Trophy (Both First-class seasons)in year 2002 and 2006. He was the leading run-scorer and Fielder for Karachi Whites in the 2017–18 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, with 413 runs and 10 catches in seven matches. [3]

International career

Iqbal's first ODI was against Sri Lanka in year 2000 Lahore. [4] He showed that he preferred to take his time to get settled in the middle of the pitch. Because of that, the selectors chose to give him his first Test match start after a year. He was the Squad member against the Pakistan Touring England Test and ODI year 2000 Series, made his Test Debut at Pakistan's tour of New Zealand in 2001 where he played multiple strong innings in which he displayed his range of strokes and the ability to play off some hostile bowling.[5] Iqbal was a prolific junior-level scorer. He played two Tests in South Africa in 2002/03 but was dropped after not performing well. Upon returning to Test cricket after a 3 Years struggle, he scored his maiden Test century against India to help Pakistan win the in 2006 Test series in the final Test in Karachi. He proved his doubters wrong by playing some solid innings especially an impressive innings against Australia later which turned out to be in vain as it did not prevent a loss. He continued on for a few more tours but was ultimately dropped due to a lean period mostly played as a replacement player, where he did not contribute significantly with the bat. He continued to play domestic cricket and was recalled to the side after injuries hit some of the other players.

He played his last ODI against the West Indies in 2006 scored, dropped and was never given a fair run in this format through out his career due to Strong senior middle orders in the Pakistan batting line up, A conspiracy to dent his career, although he was a prolific List A runs scoring batsman. [6] His Test career however, is a different story. Since he made his debut in 2001, until 2010 with 2006 being the most fruitful in terms of runs scored. He made over 300 runs in 12 innings. Since then he has been in and out of the Test side, Played mostly as a replacement player. He played his last Test in 2010 in Sydney at a crucial Number 3 position in a losing effort against the Australians. Later again he made a strong comeback after scoring 9 Centuries in 2011/12/13 Domestic seasons selected for Srilanka #2012, South Africa #2013 and Zimbabwe #2013 tours but unfortunately did not get the chance to play and got dropped with out playing from Test team and central contracts which was a harsh treatment towards the senior Test batsman. Most cricket experts say Faisal reason for dropped in 2013 is mainly because of his uncle personal fall out with than chairman Najam Sethi and Some Seniors who played with him were insecure to let him in the playing X1, He later than faced the unfair career Axe! Faisal is consistently playing , scoring in domestic seasons for Karachi Whites and PIA. He was recently appointed Batting coach and consultant in the inaugural T10 2017 cricket league for Maratha Arabians in Sharjah UAE and later followed the same role in PSL T20 Season 3 2018 for his own city franchise Karachi Kings. [7]

International centuries

Test centuries

Test centuries of Faisal Iqbal
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Start date Result
[1] 139 11  India Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 29 January 2006 Won

ODI centuries

One Day International centuries of Faisal Iqbal
No Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
[1] 100 6  Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 30 November 2002 Won

International awards

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 30 November 2002 100 (97 balls, 9x4, 3x6)  Pakistan won by 8 wickets.[8]


  1. ^ Profile Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
  2. ^ Mohammad Hussain CC record big win[permanent dead link] Dawn 5 September 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2011
  3. ^ "Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, 2017/18: Karachi Whites Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "3rd ODI: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lahore, Feb 19, 2000 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". 
  5. ^ "Pakistan tour of New Zealand". Cricinfo. 
  6. ^ "4th ODI: Pakistan v West Indies at Multan, Dec 13, 2006 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". 
  7. ^ "2nd Test: Australia v Pakistan at Sydney, Jan 3-6, 2010 - Cricket Scorecard - ESPN Cricinfo". 
  8. ^ "2002-2003 Zimbabwe v Pakistan - 4th Match - Harare". 

External links

  • Cricinfo Faisal Iqbal Profile
  • Faisal Iqbal Cricketer Official Website
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