Meet Abrar Ahmed, Pakistan’s New Mystery Spinner

Pakistan has picked relatively uncapped Abrar Ahmed for the upcoming three-match test series against England. His new induction in the Pakistan test team as a mystery spinner is not surprising at all as the finger-spinner has bagged 43 wickets in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and has been rewarded for his solid first-class performance with a maiden Test call-up against England.

A bird’s eye view of Abrar Ahmed’s career

Abrar Ahmed belongs to Mansehra, but he played cricket in Karachi. Like others players, Abrar also started his career by playing tape ball cricket on the streets of Karachi. Later on, he underwent trials for training at the Rashid Latif Cricket Academy in 2014. The academy’s head coach asked him to apply for the under-19 district team for Karachi; it was the start of Abrar’s professional journey.

The finger-spinner made his T20 debut in the 2017 Pakistan Super League. He represented Karachi Kings in that season and was impressed by the head coach Mickey Arthur. Later on, he made his first-class and  List-A debut in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

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Abrar Ahmed’s Performances in First Class

Abrar Ahmed has bagged 43 wickets in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and has been rewarded for his excellent first-class performance with a maiden Test call-up against England.

The 24-year-old Mystery Spinner, who plays for Sindh, had claimed 43 wickets at an average of 21.95. He has recorded five five-wicket hauls in six matches and has played an integral role in turning his side to secure a berth in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final.

The overall performance of Abrar Ahmed is shown in the table:

Matches 14
Wickets 76
Best bowling in Innings 6/40
Average 25.56
Economy 3.22
5W 7
10W 2

Why is Abrar Ahmed in the squad?

Pakistan is not only the land of fast bowlers; Over the years, they have also produced quality spinners as well. Be it Abdul Qadir, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, Shahid Afridi, Danish Kaneria, Saeed Ajmal and Yasir Shah, now its time for the mystery spinner Abrar to prove his worth in the team.

If you want to win the Test matches, you have to pick 20 wickets in the game, and Abrar is the kind of bowler who has the ability to do that, and that’s why he is in the squad.

Pakistan chief selector Mohammad Wasim has praised the mystery spinner and said: 

“Abrar has been on the radar since his debut first-class season in 2020-21. He is in outstanding form this season, so it makes sense to make him available to Babar Azam so he can use the confidence and talent of this youngster in the upcoming series.”

 

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