Junaid Khan

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Junaid Khan
جنید خان
Personal information
Full name Muhammad Junaid Khan
Born (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 28)
Matra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Nickname Jonii
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Bowling Left arm fast
Role Bowler

Khansa Khan (spouse)

Yasir Shah (cousin)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 208) 1 September 2011 v Zimbabwe
Last Test 20 January 2014 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 181) 23 April 2011 v West Indies
Last ODI 20 October 2017 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 83
T20I debut (cap 40) 21 April 2011 v West Indies
Last T20I 21 March 2014 v India
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008/09 Abbottabad Falcons
2011, 2014, 2017 Lancashire
2015 Middlesex
2016–2017 Peshawar Zalmi (squad no. 83)
2016-present Khulna Titans (squad no. 83)
2018–present Multan Sultans (squad no. 12)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 22 66 9 77
Runs scored 122 60 3 740
Batting average 7.17 4.61 - 10.27
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/2
Top score 17 25 3* 71
Balls bowled 4605 3,109 162 15,189
Wickets 71 97 8 316
Bowling average 31.73 28.31 29.50 24.11
5 wickets in innings 5 0 21
10 wickets in match 0 0 3
Best bowling 5/38 4/12 3/24 7/46
Catches/stumpings 4/– 5/– 0/– 13/–
Source: ESPN Crickinfo, 18 February 2018

Junaid Khan (Pashto/Urdu: جنید خان‎; born 24 December 1989, Swabi District) is a Pakistani international cricketer who bowls left arm fast. He is the first player from Swabi to qualify for the Pakistan national cricket team,[1] and his cousin, the leg-spinner Yasir Shah, followed his path later on.[2][3]

After an injury to Sohail Tanvir on the eve of the 2011 World Cup, Khan was called up as his replacement, with no experience in international cricket. Khan did not play in the tournament, and later made his ODI debut in April 2011. In June that year Khan represented Lancashire County Cricket Club in English domestic cricket.[citation needed]



No cricket had come from Swabi before and Junaid Khan didn't take interest in cricket initially, he played with tape-ball & was introduced to hard ball set up by his cousin. At 16 years age Junaid Khan was measured as the fastest bowler in the NWFP Twenty/20 competition.[4] Junaid Khan said, "Some of my team mates suggested that I should go for the Under 17 trials Abbottabad. I was in two minds but afterwards I was relieved that I attended the trials, as Ehteshamuddin spotted me and told me that I had potential and that I should go to Lahore".[5]

Early domestic career

Khan made his first-class debut on 24 January 2007 at the age of 17. Playing for Abbottabad against Multan, his first wicket was that of Majid Majeed. The match ended in a draw and Khan finished with four wickets for 57 runs (4/57).[6] For four years he took wickets consistently for his domestic team Abottabad and he was the team's chief strike bowler, he also played for Abbottabad Falcons in the Faysal Bank Twenty20.

In the 2008/09 season, Khan represented the Khan Research Laboratories cricket team and played for them in the final of the 2008/09 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy; he took a single wicket in the match as his team lost to Sialkot.[7] Khan also played for Pakistan A. In the unofficial Test series between Pakistan A and Sri Lanka A in 2010, Junaid was his team's leading wicket-taker with ten from two matches.[8]

Selection into the Pakistan team

Following the recurrence of a knee injury to Sohail Tanvir, the uncapped Khan was added in Pakistan's squad for the 2011 World Cup.[9]

He did not play a single match in the tournament and was forced to wait for his ODI debut. When Pakistan toured the West Indies for two Tests, five ODIs, and a T20I in April and May Khan was included in the squad. On 21 April, Khan made his T20I debut and went wicketless in the match.[10]

Two days later, Khan, Mohammad Salman, and Hammad Azam made their ODI debuts against West Indies. Opening the bowling with Wahab Riaz, Khan conceded 49 runs from 10 overs without taking a wicket.[11] Pakistan won the series 3–2 and Khan finished with three wickets from five matches, making him the team's fourth highest wicket-taker.[12] His first ODI wicket was that of Marlon Samuels.[citation needed]

In May, Pakistan toured Ireland for a two-match ODI series. Junaid was Man of the Match in the first fixture, taking four wickets for twelve runs to help Pakistan to a seven-wicket victory.[13] Pakistan won the series 2–0 and Junaid finished as the second-highest wicket-taker for the series with six at an average of 10.83.[14][15] On the advice of former Pakistan and Lancashire all-rounder Wasim Akram, Lancashire signed Junaid Khan on "modest terms" according to coach Mike Watkinson to play for them in the Friends Life t20 in June with the possibility of playing in the County Championship.[16][17] Problems with his visa meant Khan's Lancashire debut was delayed and it was not until 27 June that he represented Lancashire for the first time in a twenty20 match.[18] Later that month Khan made his County Championship debut against Durham, stepping in for the injured Farveez Maharoof, Lancashire's other overseas player.[19] While playing for Lancashire he took career best t20 bowling figures of 3/12 against the Derbyshire Falcons.[20] During his spell with the club, Khan received advice from Akram on how to bowl in English conditions.[21]

In August, Khan was awarded a category C central contract with the Pakistan Cricket Board; six players were in category A, eight in B, and nine (including Khan) in C.[22] When Pakistan toured Zimbabwe in September for a Test three ODIs and two T20Is, the national selectors took the opportunity to give inexperienced players an opportunity. Frontline bowlers Wahab Riaz and Umar Gul were rested and Khan was chosen as part of the squad.[23][24]

Although Khan had helped Lancashire reach t20 finals days, international selection meant that Khan would be unavailable to take part and would miss the end of the season with the club.[25] On 1 September 2011, Khan made his Test debut against Zimbabwe; Pakistan's fast bowlers in the match were inexperienced, with just one Test cap between them. The coach, Waqar Younis, commented that though Khan had a successful spell with Lancashire he still had a lot to learn as a Test bowler.[26] Khan's sole wicket in the match, which Pakistan won, was that of batsman Craig Ervine caught and bowled.[27]

The following month, Pakistan played Sri Lanka in three Test, five ODIs, and a T20I. On the opening day of the Test series, on a pitch suited to batting, Khan took his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests.[28] Pakistan won the Test series 1–0, and Khan contributed 12 wickets to the victory. During the fifth ODI he suffered the first injury of his career: a partial tear of the muscles in his abdomen. As a result, he was unable to play for six weeks and missed Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh in November and December.[29] His match winning performance also came during a T20 match against England.[citation needed]

Junaid Khan got selected for the ODI squad for Australia's tour of Pakistan in UAE, August–September 2012,[30] playing his first series against Australia. However he was excluded from the T20 side, hence being excluded from the T20 World Cup being held in Sri Lanka in September. This decision was criticised to be unjustified due to the selection of fast bowler Mohammad Sami and his recent performance against Sri Lanka.[citation needed]

In December 2012, Junaid Khan was again picked for the series against India and was given a chance in the ODI series and he performed superbly by picking up 4 wickets in the first match (clean bowled Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj) and helped in Pakistan win in first ODI and again performed superbly in the second ODI and picked up three wickets including two top order vital wickets of Gambhir and Kohli.[citation needed] In November 2013, despite his injured shin, he successfully defended 9 runs off the final over in Port Elizabeth clinching Pakistan a 1 run win and Pakistan's first bilateral ODI series win against the Proteas.[citation needed]

Junaid also has an impressive record against Sri Lanka, having played 13 games, 7 Tests and 6 ODIs. He has taken all four of his Test five-wicket hauls against Sri Lanka, 2 in the UAE and 2 in SL. His best innings bowling figures of 5/38 was taken against them, as well as best match figures, 8/151. Also, 48 of his international wickets have come against this particular side. He picked up his 50th Test wicket in his 14 Tests by claiming Dinesh Chandimal's wicket in the first Test against them in the UAE, in the 2013/14 season. He was also the highest wicket-taker in the ODI leg of the same tour, having 13 scalps from 5 games.[citation needed]

Bowling style

Khan modelled his bowling action on that of fellow left-arm fast-bowler Wasim Akram. He was also influenced by watched clips of Imran Khan bowling.[32] In his own words, Khan is "a line and length bowler" and he believes that "if you try to be accurate and you bowl a tight line the wickets will follow." According to Khan, he usually bowls around 140 to 142 km/h (87 to 88 mph).[33] He has the ability to swing the ball into and away from batsmen.[34] Khan stated that during his time with Lancashire County Cricket Club he learned how to bowl a yorker and how to use swing and seam.[21]

County cricket

Khan played 8 T20 games for Lancashire in 2011, taking 12 wickets, including a 3–12 spell against Derbyshire.

In early 2013, Junaid Khan received offers from 3 county clubs, Lancashire, Surrey and Sussex.[35][36] He said he would think about them after the Test series in South Africa, and getting clearance from the PCB. Later on, he turned down all offers to focus on the Champion's Trophy 2013.

On 23 April 2014, Lancashire confirmed that Khan would be returning to play in both the NatWest T20 blast and the Royal London One Day Cup.

On 24 July 2015, it was announced by tribune.com.pk that Middlesex had signed Khan for the 2015 Royal London One-Day Cup.

Bowling records


  • Date – Date the match was held. Starting date of the match for Test matches.
  • Overs – Number of overs bowled in that innings.
  • RunsRuns conceded.
  • Wkts – Number of wickets taken.
  • Batsmen – The batsmen whose wickets were taken in the five-wicket haul.
  • EconBowling economy rate (average runs per over).
  • Inn – The innings of the match in which the five-wicket haul was taken.
  • Result – The result for the Pakistan team in that match.
  • – Junaid Khan was selected man of the match.

Test five-wicket hauls

No. Date Ground Against Inn Overs Runs Wkts Econ Batsmen Result
1 18 October 2011 Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi  Sri Lanka 1 14.1 38 5 2.68 Drawn[37]
2 30 June 2012dagger Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo  Sri Lanka 2 28 73 5 2.60 Drawn[38]
3 8 July 2012 Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele  Sri Lanka 2 28.2 70 5 2.47 Drawn[39]
4 31 December 2013 DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai  Sri Lanka 1 20 58 5 2.90 Drawn[40]

International Awards

Test Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Series Season Match Performance Result
1 2nd Test – Pakistan in Sri Lanka Test Series 2012 1st Innings: DNB ; 28–6–73–5
2nd Innings: DNB ; 4–0–21–0


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External links

  • CricketArchive profile
  • Cricinfo profile
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