Who is Shahnawaz Dhani? Pakistan call up uncapped bowler for Zimbabwe series

Jordan Carlisle March 16, 2021
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After the uncapped bowler was called up to the Pakistan Test squad for their tour of Zimbabwe, we ask – who is Shahnawaz Dhani?

Shahnawaz Dhani was born in a village near Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan on 5th August 1998, making him 22 years old.

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He is a right-arm fast-medium bowler and right-hand tailend batsman.

Who is Shahnawaz Dhani?

Shahnawaz Dhani stayed in education to complete a BComm degree and was therefore a relative latecomer to professional cricket [PakPassion.net].

He made his first-class debut for Sindh in a fixture against Southern Punjab at Karachi in November 2019.

His List A and T20 debuts came in early 2021.

Dhani has only made 18 appearances in total in professional cricket, with eight of those coming in the red-ball format.

He was enjoying an impressive maiden PSL before it was postponed earlier this month, often leaking runs but taking nine wickets from his four appearances for Multan Sultans.

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In the 2020/21 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, the pacer took 26 wickets from seven matches for Sindh at an average of 31.19. His best innings figures were 4/79 [ESPNCricinfo].

The Pakistan selectors have been criticised for a perceived tendency to pick players for Test cricket purely based on their displays in T20s, but Mohammad Wasim insists that isn’t the case here.

“Shahnawaz Dhani’s performances were highlighted during PSL 6 but we have had our eyes on him from the QeA Trophy where on pitches with little support for fast-bowlers, he bowled with energy, put in long spells and picked up wickets,” he said, as quoted by PakPassion.net.

Pakistan are set to play two Tests in Zimbabwe in April and the inexperienced bowler will be hoping to make his senior international debut.

However, he will face plenty of competition to make the final XI, with Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf all also selected for the Test squad.