Saqlain Mushtaq is Pakistan’s most successful off spinner in tests and ODIs.© AFP
Saqlain Mushtaq has traveled the world with the Pakistani team, earning many laurels during his nine-year international career and then established himself as a citizen in Great Britain. A veteran of 169 one-day internationals, 49 Tests and 496 international wickets had returned to the neighborhood where his cricket career began, posting a video of him playing street cricket with locals. “It was a great feeling to play today where I started my journey more than 30 years ago,” Saqlain wrote with the video.
– Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) August 30, 2020
In May this year, Saqlain was appointed by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) as head of international player development.
Saqlain was part of England’s support staff at the 2019 Men’s World Cup, finishing as World Cup winner with the team.
After this success, he was granted an extension to work with the Test team during the Ashes of 2019 that followed the World Cup. England tied Australia at 2-2 in that series.
Mushtaq was born in Lahore and made his first-class debut in the 1994-95 season. He made his Test and ODI debut in September 1995 against Sri Lanka.
He took 288 Test wickets at 29.83, but was more effective in ODI cricket, good for 288 wickets at 21.78.
The Multan Test against India in 2004, now famous for Virender Sehwag’s knock of 309, was the last time Saqlain played his last ODI at Faisalabad against South Africa in 2003.
Saqlain finished as the most successful off spinner for Pakistan in tests and ODIs.
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