The rising star of Pakistan’s Cricket Team: Usman Khan Shinwari

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Usman Khan Shinwari (born 1 May 1994 in Khyber Agency, FATA, Pakistan) is a Pakistani cricketer. He is a left-arm fast bowler who plays for the Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd cricket team (ZTBL) in Pakistan’s first-class cricket circuit. He has also previously played for the Khan Research Laboratories cricket team (KRL). In December 2013, he bowled ZTBL to victory in the national T20 final with impressive figures of 5 wickets for 9 runs in four overs. He was subsequently picked for the national side in the T20 series against Sri Lanka in the UAE.

“I wasn’t really expecting such a quick call but I am terribly lucky to have a chance after my best spell against the best players in domestic cricket,” Usman told ESPNcricinfo. “I am thankful to the selectors and the PCB for picking me up.

Career

Domestic

He plays domestic cricket for the ZTBL. On 3 December 2013, he took 5 wickets for 9 runs (including the wicket of Misbah-ul-Haq) to help ZTBL beat Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in the final of the Faysal Bank T20 Cup for departments. He was also the tournament’s leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets in six games.

International

On basis of his domestic performance, PCB selection committee selected Usman for the 2013–14 T20I series against Sri Lanka, started on 11 December 2013 in the UAE.

He was given only one over in his debut game versus Sri Lanka at the DSC after it went for 9 runs. He was given his full quota of 4 overs in the next T20 and went for 52 runs. He also scored 2* off 3 balls.

In March 2017, he was named in Pakistan’s Twenty20 International (T20I) squad for their matches against the West Indies. In October 2017, he was added to Pakistan’s One Day International (ODI) squad for their series against Sri Lanka. He made his ODI debut for Pakistan against Sri Lanka on 20 October 2017.

Recent Highlights

He struck in the very first over of the match to remove both Samarawickrama and Chandimal off consecutive balls.

He struck again in his next over to dismiss skipper Tharanga and Dickwella, reducing Sri Lanka to 8-4 after Sri Lanka won the toss earlier and decided to bat against Pakistan, who already lead the series by 4-0.

All-rounder Fahim Ashraf is in for fast bowler Junaid Khan.

Coach Mickey Arthur made no secret of his intention of inflicting a clean sweep on Sri Lanka when the teams meet today. Since their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 triumph in June, Pakistan have won eight straight games and have been unstoppable in limited overs, having overcome the disappointment of losing the preceding Test series to Sri Lanka 2-0 to open up a 4-0 lead in this series.

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