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Fakhar Zaman
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Personal information
Full name Fakhar Zaman
Born 10 April 1990 (1990-04-10) (age 30)
Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Nickname Fauji
Batting style Left handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role Opening batsman
International information
National side Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 212) 7 June 2017 v South Africa
Last ODI 19 January 2018 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 39
T20I debut (cap 73) 30 March 2017 v West Indies
Last T20I 3 April 2018 v West Indies
T20I shirt no. 39
Domestic team information
Years Team
2012–2015 Karachi
2016 Peshawar
2017–present Lahore Qalandars (squad no. 39)
2017–present Baluchistan (squad no. 39)
2017–Present Durban Qalandars
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 13 15 37 62
Runs scored 550 314 2,389 2,927
Batting average 45.83 22.43 41.91 50.46
100s/50s 1/4 0/1 6/13 8/20
Top score 114 50 205 180
Balls bowled 39 258 665
Wickets 1 0 18
Bowling average 44.00 31.16
5 wickets in innings 1
10 wickets in match n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling 1/19 5/27
Catches/stumpings 8/– 3/– 31/– 28/–
Source: Cricinfo, 3 April 2018 {{{year}}}

Fakhar Zaman (born 10 April 1990) is a Pakistani cricketer who plays for the national team. He has also played for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. In August 2017, he was named in Durban Qalandars' squad for the first season of the T20 Global League. However, in October 2017, Cricket South Africa postponed the tournament until November 2018.

Biography

Zaman was born in Katlang in the Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He moved to Karachi at the age of 16 following matriculation. In 2007, Zaman joined the Pakistan Navy as a sailor after receiving his schooling and training at sea from the Pakistan Navy School, Bahadur. His choice of career was persuaded by his father, who was dissuaded by Fakhar's childhood addiction to cricket and wanted his son to focus on his academics. The name Fakhar literally translates to "pride". Amongst his teammates, he is known by the nickname fauji (soldier).

In Karachi, Zaman continued playing cricket occasionally in inter-departmental matches, including representations for the Pakistan Navy cricket team. He was first identified by his navy coach, Azam Khan, who encouraged him to pursue professional cricket. In 2013, he left his naval career after a "tough decision" in pursuit of this dream and began appearing for regional outfits like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Abbottabad Falcons, Balochistan and several Karachi teams. He became the second-highest run scorer in the 2016 Pakistan Cup and also impressed selectors in the 2016–17 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He was also picked by the Lahore Qalandars side for the 2017 Pakistan Super League, where he was closely mentored by New Zealand player Brendon McCullum. He was soon noticed by Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur during a training camp in Lahore, following which he earned a call-up for the national side.

International career

In March 2017, he was named in Pakistan's limited overs squad for their matches against the West Indies. He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Pakistan against the West Indies on 30 March 2017.

2017 ICC Champions Trophy

In April 2017, he was named in Pakistan's One Day International (ODI) squad for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. He made his ODI debut for Pakistan against South Africa in the Champions Trophy on 7 June 2017, scoring 31 runs.

In the final against India, Zaman edged to the wicket-keeper, when he was on 3, but survived as it was a no-ball. After that, Zaman went on to score his maiden ODI century and helped Pakistan post a total of 338. With that, Zaman became the first batsman for Pakistan to score a century in an ICC event final. India batting second collapsed and Pakistan won the match by 180 runs to become the winners of Champions Trophy for the first time. Zaman was adjudged man of the match for his batting performance. Zaman and Azhar Ali's partnership in the match was 128 runs, making it the highest opening partnership in the Champions Trophy history for Pakistan, and the highest opening partnership in an ODI for Pakistan since 2009.

Test call-up

In April 2018, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for their tours to Ireland and England in May 2018.

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