Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday congratulated Imran Farhat on a successful 24-year career. The batsman of the highest order, who represented Balochistan in the 2020-21 domestic season, retired from professional cricket after completing his side’s campaign in the Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament. The 38-year-old marked his debut in domestic cricket in a list “A” match in the 1997-98 season and made his first-class debut the following season. Imran entered the national scene after impressive runs with the national U19 and “A” teams and made his debut for the senior men’s team during Pakistan’s 2001 tour of New Zealand in ODI cricket in February and played his first test the next month.
Over the course of his domestic career, Imran has scored 15,805 runs (38x100s, 72x50s) in 230 first-class matches, 7,572 (15x100s, 38x50s) in 222 List “A” matches and 1,636 runs (2x100s, 8x50s) in 69 T20s.
Regarding his retirement, Farhat said: “It is certainly an emotional moment for me to withdraw from the game that I love and have been passionate about since childhood. It was an honor for me to wear Pakistani colors. something every youngster in this country I dream of. There are highs and lows in my career, which is natural, but the fact that I have to be on the field for nearly two and a half decades is something I will cherish forever . “
“I want to thank the teammates with whom I have shared dressing rooms for giving me lifelong memories. I also want to thank the coaches who believed in me as they helped me get where I am today. sacrifices to see me happy and help me achieve my dreams. They have made an incredible effort, which remains in the background, and without their support I certainly would not have been able to achieve this, “he added.
Imran made 4,195 runs in his 105-race international career – 2,400 in 40 tests, 1,719 in 59 ODIs and 76 in seven T20Is. He led Habib Bank Limited to the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy title in the 2018/19 season and sent Balochistan as the team’s captain in 2019-2020 and the oldest member in the 2020-21 seasons.
He was the top run for Balochistan in the Pakistan Cup One-Day Tournament 2020-21 with 499 runs, including three half centuries and one century in nine matches.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “Imran Farhat is one of the most successful hitters in Pakistan’s domestic circuit and I congratulate him on completing a successful career. Imran has always been willing to give back to Pakistani cricket what he has learned during his cricket matches. career. He led a young Balochistan side after renovating the domestic structure in 2019 and shared his knowledge with the region’s emerging cricketers. “
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