Mohammad Abbas overview

Mohammed Abbas was born on 10th March 1990 in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan. Abbas plays for the Pakistan national cricket team in Test and ODI formats. He was signed by the Leicestershire County Cricket Club to play in the 2018 County Championship in England. He also plays for the Khan Research Laboratories in Domestic cricket. The International Cricket Council named Abbas as one of the five breakout stars in men's cricket in 2018. he was one of thirty-three players to be awarded a central contract for the 2018–19 season by the Pakistan Cricket Board in August 2018.

Abbas was born in a small village near Sambrial, so before he made his debut in first-class cricket, he used to earn a living by working in a leather factory and also working as a helper in law firm in Sialkot. He made his first-class debut in 2009 for his region Sialkot in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. His team finished as winners that year and Abbas took 4 wickets from 3 matches averaging 32. Abbas was the leading wicket-taker in the 2015-16 season of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, with 61 wickets. He broke his own streak by taking 71 wickets next season. So far, he has scalped 304 wickets in 69 first-class matches.

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
Test 21 29 13 100 29 6.25 517 19.34 0 0 0 11 2
ODI 3 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
T20 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
IPL 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 21 37 4282 1736 80 5/33 10/95 2.43 21.7 53.52 4 1
ODI 3 3 162 153 1 1/44 1/44 5.67 153.0 162.0 0 0
T20 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA
IPL 0 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA

Early signs

Abbas’s introduction to the game was tape-ball cricket like many of his countrymen. By the age of 16, he was playing club cricket in Sialkot city. Shahid Anwar, his under-19 coach pushed him to play better and finally the young lad broke into the Sialkot first-class team in 2009. Abbas has played for Pakistan Television, Khan Research Laboratories and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited. After an exceptional performance in the Quaid-E-Azam Trophy in 2015-16 and 2016-17 editions, the national selectors took notice and he was selected to play against the West Indies in the tour of 2017. Bowling the second ball of his Test Career, Abbas got the wicket of Kraigg Brathwaite. In his third Test match against the West Indies, he earned his first five-wicket haul. He finished with 15 wickets from three tests.

ODI Career

Abbas made his debut in ODI cricket against Australia at the Sharjah Cricket stadium on 22nd March 2019. He has not got many chances in the limited overs format and has played just 3 matches till date, from which he has one wicket to his name. He has a decent economy rate of 5.67 and has the potential to do a lot more for his national side.

Test career

Abbas made his test debut against West Indies on 21st April at Sabina park. Abbas has taken 80 wickets from just 20 matches so far and has 1 ten-wicket haul and 4 five-wicket hauls to his name. He holds an exceptional economy rate of 2.43 and his best figure in a match is 10/95. Abbas took ten wickets in Pakistan's two-match series against England and was named the player of the series in June 2018. Abbas named the PCB's Test Player of the Year in August 2018. He took his 50th wicket in his tenth Test match in October 2018, in the series against Australia. By doing so, he became the joint-quickest fast bowler in terms of matches played, to take 50 wickets for Pakistan in Tests.

ICC Trophies

Hailing from a country that has always produced world-class bowlers, Abbas never had it easy, from getting noticed from first-class cricket to making it big in the International arena, he has seen it all. He has a lot of cricket left in him and hopefully we will see a lot more of him in other formats as well.

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