Who is Tabish Khan? We take a look at the veteran uncapped bowler who has been called up by Pakistan for their upcoming Test series against South Africa.
Tabish Khan was born in Karachi on 12 December 1984, making him 36 years old.
Khan is a bustling right-arm fast-medium bowler who bats right-handed.
However, while he’s a capable tailender, he isn’t strong enough with the willow to be considered an all-rounder.
He’s experienced at regional level, having made 238 appearances across all formats.
Khan has barely featured in limited-overs cricket since 2018, though, and is now something of a red-ball specialist.
It’s unusual for a veteran of the domestic circuit to receive a call-up after being overlooked for so many years – after all, he did make his first-class debut nearly two decades ago – but Khan doesn’t appear to be slowing down with age.
So far in his career, he has taken a whopping 598 first-class wickets from 137 matches at an impressive average of 24.29.
30 of those scalps came for Sindh in the recently completed 2020/21 edition of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, earning him a spot amongst the top-performing pace bowlers.
His best figures in the competition were 5/44 against Central Punjab in October 2020, which was his 38th career five-wicket haul.
Khan had a disappointing season with the bat, with a top score of 24 ensuring he didn’t add to his tally of five career fifties.
The experienced campaigner isn’t a total stranger to international cricket, having represented Pakistan A in the past.
However, he’s never made an appearance for the senior national team, so his inclusion in the squad for the South Africa series will have meant a lot.
Khan has his work cut out to earn a place in the Pakistan playing XI, though, with Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf all also vying for selection on pitches that are more likely to be spin-friendly than conducive to fast bowling.