Sajid Khan, an off-spinner from Peshawar, is the son of the Pakistan Army’s late Shaheed Lance Naik Ghulam Nabi. Having dreams to represent his beloved homeland like his father, he chose the field ‘cricket’.
The spinner has a vast career in first-class and List-A cricket. Starting his journey in 2016, he has gathered 141 first-class wickets in 35 matches whereas, not having so long list of stats in List A cricket, he has 10 wickets in fourteen matches.
He has been a participant in the Regional One Day Cup, Quaid e Azam Trophy, and National T20 Cup. In the lastly held edition of the QEAt, he inspired the watchers with his performance as he grasped 67 wickets in only 11 matches.
Sajid maintained a strike rate of 45.9 along with an average of 25.1. Having less available spinners in the squad, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chose to announce Sajid for Pak vs SA Test series earlier this year.
He was named to the squad in January 2021. However, being yet to debut, his dream has now been accomplished as PCB once again named him to the Test squad versus Zimbabwe. Sajid Khan has made his international debut today as Pakistan stood in Harare to face the host team in the first test match.
Who is Sajid Khan?
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat first. With the men in green left with the option to bowl priorly, Sajid has ways opened to achieve multiple feats fulfilling his dreams.
While talking to the media, the debutant said,
“Thanks to Almighty as there is a lot of hard work behind this. I can’t express my feelings right now. It’s a long journey of 13 to 14 years as I played U16, college cricket, U19, first-class cricket for Peshawar. It’s a proud moment for me. My mother would be the happiest person back home as she prays a lot for me. I will try my best to benefit my team and will try to get as many wickets as possible,”Advertisement
However, he has been more inspiring than people suspected. Sajid sustained 37 runs delivering 11 overs. Although, he did not get any wicket on Day 1, but maintained an economy of 3.36.