Born on 5 September 1995 in Karachi (Sind), Saud is an elegant and classy batsman. He is yet to play for the national side, but given his remarkable domestic stats, he was included in Pakistan’s squad for a series against South Africa (he is yet to be a part of the playing eleven).
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Saud made his first-class debut on 26 October 2015 in the 2015–16 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He has been the leading run-scorer for Pakistan Television in 2017–18 (488 runs in seven matches) and 2018–19 (414 runs in five matches) in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.
In November 2017, he was signed for the 2018 Pakistan Super League players’ draft to play for the Quetta Gladiators. In April 2018, he was selected for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s squad to participate in the 2018 Pakistan Cup.
Talking about his first-class stats, in 46 matches (78 innings), Saud has made 3,220 runs at an average of 48.78 and a strike rate of 52.30. He has 10 centuries and 17 half-centuries to his name, while his highest score is 174 runs.
In the bowling department, he has 23 wickets taken at an economy of 3.44. His best bowling performance in a match is 4 for 19, while in an innings it is 2 wickets for 17 runs.
The player hasn’t played a Test match yet.
The player hasn’t played an ODI yet.
He hasn’t played any T20 International yet. However, at the domestic level, Saud has so far played 18 T20s and made 238 runs at an average of 17, while his strike rate is 127.95. He has one fifty to his name.
Records and Facts
- Saud was named captain of Pakistan’s team for the 2019 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Bangladesh.
- His name was also shortlisted for the 2020 PCB Awards.
- Michael Hussey and Saeed Anwar are his all-time favourite cricketers.
- Saud was a part of Pakistan’s U-19 team for the 2014 World Cup.
- He has a batting average in late 40s in both first-class and List A cricket.
Saud is among the rare breed of batsman who can be elegant and classy as well as hit big shots down the ground. Moreover, he can bowl as well. So, he could prove a handy all-rounder for Pakistan in years to come.