Pakistani team was down-and-out in a practice match against Bangladesh before the start of the Champions Trophy. Chasing a target of 342, Pakistan was in deep trouble, with an early fall of 2 wickets. Reeling at 249/8 in 43 overs, Faheem Ashraf turned the tables for Pakistan. He won the game with 3 balls to spare, scoring a quickfire 64 of 30 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes.
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It was after the 2016 – 2017 Departmental One Day Cup that Faheem Ashraf caught the eyes of selectors. He took 19 wickets in the tournament and got a call-up to the Pakistan squad to play against the West Indies. Although he didn’t feature in any match of the series, he got selected as a part of the squad which was to participate in the Champions Trophy. He was among the few newly introduced players in the Pakistani squad. The young squad were given a mammoth task of facing top-ranked sides but the newbies showed who they are and won the Champions Trophy for Pakistan.
Born in Phool Nagar, Kasur District, Faheem Ashraf made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Sri Lanka in a Champions Trophy clash. Every match was important for Pakistan and Faheem Ashraf took 2 wickets and scored 15 runs in a tightly contested match.
Faheem Ashraf made his T20 International debut against World XI touring Pakistan in 2017. He did not get a chance to bat and bowled only one over. Faheem Ashraf is the first Pakistani and one among the six bowlers to take a hat trick in T20 cricket. He achieved the feat in a match against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi. This was the series following the series against World XI.
He made his Test debut in 2018 against Ireland in Dublin. In his debut match, Faheem scored 83 runs off 117 balls and took one wicket. His career in Test cricket has been limited with only 4 Test matches. The last match that he played was against South Africa in Johannesburg in January 2019 in which he took 6 wickets.
Ever since the retirement of Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mehmood, the two most revered fast bowling all-rounders, Pakistan has failed to replace the two. Faheem Ashraf is someone who the team management trusts and he is constantly improving his skills. He came in as a medium pacer but now he clicks the 140 mark sometimes as well. He is working on his batting skills and is developing into a proper all-rounder. He has many years to play professional cricket as he is only 26 now. So far, in his brief stint for the Pakistan team, Faheem has shown some sparks of talent. He needs to use his potential to the fullest and win big matches.