Pakistan team has been well known for producing some quality fast bowling all-rounder in the past. The great Imran Khan would be the overwhelming choice in the category. But the list doesn’t end here; Wasim Akram, Azhar Mehmood and Abdul Razzaq are some globally recognized heroes of the category.
But right after Abdul Razzaq announced his retirement from all international formats of the game, the biggest challenge for the team was to find an equally good replacement for him. It took Pakistan quite a long period to find one quality fast bowling all rounder who could bowl some handy overs in the crucial part of the matches and turn equally explosive with the bat in hand.
But all thanks to psl, where Faheem Ashraf from Islamabad united impressed the coaches and management with his batting and bowling skills both. He was then considered seriously for the number 6 batting spot and as a third fast bowler in the national side.
In the modern form of the game all the top quality sides would prefer one fast bowling all rounder capable of bowling good lengths and can bat too later down the order.
Faheem Ashraf was quickly introduced to the national cricket side and made his debut versus Srilanka on june 12th 2017 in the all important ICC Champions trophy He played a vital role in the tournament where Pakistan ended on top.
Faheem is the only Pakistani bowler to take a hatrick in the shortest format of the game for Pakistan.
Considering his performance in the shorter format he was given the chance to express himself in the longest 5 day format of the game too. He made full use of the opportunity and scored vital 83 runs coming at the number 7 spot in his very first test inning of the career when the rest of the Pakistani batsmen were struggling to put bat to ball and had fallen cheaply. This was a glimpse of his compatibility with the bat too on the international level.
Many of the cricket experts related the innings of his with Abdul Razzaq. He too used to bat at the same number 7 spot and has played some heck of knocks under pressure for Pakistan in early 2000s.