Abid Ali

October 16, 1987 (34 years)
Birth Place
Lahore, Punjab
Batting Style
Right Handed
Bowling Style
Leg break

Abid Ali is a Pakistan’s right-handed opening batsman and right-arm leg-break bowler born on 16 October 1987 in Lahore. Most of his career passed while playing domestic cricket seasons in Pakistan. By the time his international campaign started, Abid Ali had scored 11,147 runs from 212 matches with 26 centuries and 58 fifties in Pakistan’s first-class and list A matches. He was also part of  Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League in 2020. In 2019, Abid Ali became the first batsman in the history of men’s cricket to score hundreds in both Test and One-Day International debut matches.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I

Team played

Pakistan, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Habib Bank Limited, Islamabad, Lahore Blues, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Pakistan A, State Bank of Pakistan, Sindh, Pakistan Under-19, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, United Bank Limited, Faisalabad and Rawalpindi, Lahore Qalandars, Pakistanis, Central Punjab

ODI Career

Although Abid had had brilliant performances back to back for many years in Pakistan’s domestic leagues, he had to wait until the age of 31 to earn an international debut. Finally, after struggling to make his debut in international cricket since 2007, Abid got a chance to open an innings for Pakistan against Australia in the 4th ODI at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in March 2019. He grabbed the chance with his both hands to show his calibre there. While Pakistani batsmen were struggling to chase down the target against the Australian pace bowling attack, Abid stood firm on the crease and scored a century in his opening match, playing a knock of 112 runs from 119 balls with 9 boundaries. His 112 has been the highest score achieved by a batsman for Pakistan on debut in an ODI. He also became the fifteenth batsman to score a ton on debut. However, unfortunately, Pakistan lost that game by only 6 runs. Due to his form in 2019, Abid was included in Pakistan’s probables list for the 2019 ICC ODI Cricket World Cup, but, yet again he couldn’t make it through to the final 15-member squad that was announced in April 2019.

Abid Ali failed to score a big knock against England in the next series. He scored just 5 runs with the bat but he performed brilliantly in fielding to save some runs and also took 2 catches in that match. In the next series against Sri Lanka, he showed his class once again. He gave a perfect opening stand to the team and scored 74 runs with a strike rate of 110.45. Pakistan won that match against Sri Lanka and Abid won his first Man of the Match award for the knock of 74 runs. Abid Ali has played a total of 4 ODIs and scored 191 runs with an average of 47.75. He scored one century and one fifty in 4 matches. A batsman of high calibre, he, unfortunately, didn’t get many chances to perform on a bigger stage. Having struggled to make his international debut until the age of 31, he has since shown what he is capable of despite being on the wrong side of the 30s. He has worked hard on his fitness and is eager to show his batting skills for Pakistan in the future.

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