Najaf Shah

Pakistani cricketer

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Najaf Shah
Personal information
Full name
Syed Najaf Hussain Shah
Born (1984-12-17) 17 December 1984 (age 39)
Gujar Khan, Pakistan
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Left-arm fast
Role Bowling
International information
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ODI debut 22 May 2007 v Sri Lanka
Source: CricInfo, 15 August 2022

Syed Najaf Hussain Shah (born 17 December 1984) is an international cricketer from Pakistan who now plays for Rawalpindi region and Pakistan International Airlines and various international franchise leagues. He has played his first One Day International game against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2007.[1][2][3] He is left-arm medium-fast bowler with ability to bat lower order. He has played 134 first-class cricket matches[4] and taken over 477 wickets,[5] with a career best of 7 for 57 for Pakistan International Airlines against National Bank of Pakistan in the semi-final of the Patron’s Trophy in 2004–05.Currently living in Dallas Texas USA[6]

Early and personal life[edit]

Najaf belongs to Gujar Khan. He started his earlier career at school level with taped tennis ball, it is quite normal in this part of world to start with tape/tennis ball rather than full cricket gear. Through initial school competitions he was spotted to be high potential talent. After completion of school education he took admission in Sarwar Shaheed College in intermediate level. He was selected captain of college cricket team, under his captaincy college’s team won some major tournaments. In 2000-01 he moved to Rawalpindi from Gujar Khan for higher education. After moving to Rawalpindi he joined Gull Cricket Club and that was a turning point of his career and started cricket as a professional

Playing career[edit]

Pakistan national domestic matches[edit]

Najaf Shah has been playing First-class cricket in Pakistan since 2001.[7] He has played for various teams but his major teams are Rawalpindi region and Pakistan International Airlines . He has contributed to PIA and Rawalpindi cricket team success and his performances over the years helped the teams to win some of the major domestic championships title.

In February 2003, PIA won the championship title against Khan Research Laboratories cricket team, in final match Najaf grabbed 5 wickets,[8]
again In 2004 /2005 ABN-AMRO trophy PIA shared championship title with HBL in rain effected final match and Najaf was declared best bowler of the tournament.[9][10]

2014/15 season was also a good season for him, he was declared best bowler of Quaid-e-Azam Trophy grabbing up 42 wickets in 8 matches with the best Avg 15.19 per wicket[11]

International matches and tours[edit]

Najaf’s international career started through ICC Under-17 Asia cup, it was played in Pakistan during 2000/2001 cricket season then he played for Pakistan U-19 and Pakistan A for few years.
In 2007, he was selected for Pakistan cricket Academy team to tour Bangladesh for tri series tournament involving Bangladesh and Sri Lanka teams.[12] This tour was helped him to make a strong case for national selectors he took 9 wicket in 4 One day matches in the tri series[13] most by any bowler and then 16 wickets in two four day matches against Bangla Dash again most by any bowler and Pakistan Academy team won both matches team.[14]

International Matches and Tours
Year Team Vs Venue (Country)
2009 PCB Patron’s XI[15] Sri Lanka Pakistan
2007 Pakistan A[16] Australia A Pakistan
2007 Pakistan[3] Sri Lanka UAE
2007 Pakistan Cricket Academy[17] Sri Lanka / Bangladesh Cricket Academy Bangladesh
2005 Pakistan A[18] Australia A Pakistan
2005 PCB Patron’s XI[19] West Indies Pakistan
2005 PCB Patron’s XI[20] England Pakistan
2005 Pakistan Cricket Academy[21] South Africa Cricket Academy Pakistan
2005 Pakistan A[22] Namibia Namibia
2005 Pakistan A[23] Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
2004 Pakistan A[24] Sri Lanka A Sri Lanka
2003 Pakistan A[25] UAE UAE
2000 Pakistan U-17[26] ICC Under-17 Asian Cup Pakistan

International cricket leagues and tournaments[edit]

International Tournaments
Year Team Tournaments Country
2016 US All Stars [27] US Open T20 Tournament Florida USA
2016 Smart Choice World XI[28] Diversity T20 Cup Michigan USA
2016 Grand Rapids CC[29] Midwest Cricket Conference League Chicago USA
2016 Virginia Cricket Club[30] Washington Cricket League USA
2015 Chicago Gymkhana Cricket Club[31] Midwest Cricket Conference League –

Unity Cup Chicago

USA
2013 Wirksworth Cricket Club[32] Derbyshire Cricket League England
2009 Kidsgrove Cricket Club[33] North Staffordshire South Cheshire Cricket League England
2008 Barlaston Cricket Club[34] North Staffordshire South Cheshire Cricket League England
2006 Ashcombe Park Cricket Club[35] North Staffordshire South Cheshire Cricket League England
2005 Burslem Cricket Club[36] North Staffordshire South Cheshire Cricket League England
2004 Burslem Cricket Club[36] North Staffordshire South Cheshire Cricket League England

Other contributions[edit]

Cricket talent selection duties, Najaf has been supporting regional selection committee to find fast bowlers for region and Pakistan[37]

TV cricket analyst[edit]

Najaf is also well known cricket analyst in Pakistan, he is currently signed by Pakistan Television Corporation and Kay2 TV to cover major cricket events. Recently he has covered Pakistan Super League but in past he has been covering ICC tournaments[38][39][40][41]

Awards and records[edit]

  • Man Of The Match of final and Highest Wicket Taker of the Liberty Cup Chicago 2017[42]
  • Best bowler of US OPEN T20 tournament in Florida 2016[43]
  • Player of the match against Florida Strikers in US OPEN T20 Tournament 2016[44]
  • Best bowler of QUAID-E- AZAM trophy 2014/15(National Tournament)[45]
  • Player Of the match against PTV in departmental T20 tournament 2013/14(National Tournament)[46]
  • Player of the match against Rawalpindi Rams in ABN-AMRO Cup 2007-08(National Tournament)[47]
  • Best bowler of Patrons Trophy 2004/05(National Tournament)[48]
  • Player of the match against Nepal In ICC U-17 Asia Cup 2000/2001[49]

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