Fakhar Zaman (cricketer)

Last updated on 11 August 2017

Fakhar Zaman (Urdu/Pashto: فخر زمان‎; born 10 April 1990) is a Pakistani cricketer who plays for the national team. He has also played for Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League.[2]


Zaman was born in Katlang in the Mardan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He moved to Karachi at the age of 16 following matriculation. In 2007, Zaman joined the Pakistan Navy as a sailor after receiving his schooling and training at sea from the Pakistan Navy School, Bahadur.[3][4][1] His choice of career was persuaded by his father, who was dissuaded by Fakhar's childhood addiction to cricket and wanted his son to focus on his academics.[5] The name Fakhar literally translates to "pride".[5] Amongst his teammates, he is known by the nickname fauji (soldier).[1][6][7]

In Karachi, Zaman continued playing cricket occasionally in inter-departmental matches, including representations for the Pakistan Navy cricket team. He was first identified by his navy coach, Azam Khan, who encouraged him to pursue professional cricket. In 2013, he left his naval career after a "tough decision" in pursuit of this dream and began appearing for regional outfits like Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Abbottabad Falcons, Balochistan and several Karachi teams. He became the second-highest run scorer in the 2016 Pakistan Cup and also impressed selectors in the 2016-17 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. He was also picked by the Lahore Qalandars side for the 2017 Pakistan Super League, where he was closely mentored by New Zealand player Brendon McCullum.[8] He was soon noticed by Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur during a training camp in Lahore, following which he earned a call-up for the national side.[6]

On 31 July 2017, Zaman signed for English county side Somerset as their overseas player for the remainder of the 2017 season.[9]

International career

In March 2017, he was named in Pakistan's limited overs squad for their matches against the West Indies.[10] He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Pakistan against the West Indies on 30 March 2017.[11]

2017 ICC Champions Trophy

In April 2017, he was named in Pakistan's One Day International (ODI) squad for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.[12] He made his ODI debut for Pakistan against South Africa in the Champions Trophy on 7 June 2017, scoring 31 runs.

In the final against India, Zaman edged to the wicket-keeper, when he was on 3, but survived as it was a no-ball.[13] After that, Zaman went on to score his maiden ODI century and helped Pakistan post a total of 338. With that, Zaman became the first batsman for Pakistan to score a century in an ICC event final.[14] India batting second collapsed and Pakistan won the match by 180 runs to become the winners of Champions Trophy for the first time. Zaman was adjudged man of the match for his batting performance.[15] Zaman and Azhar Ali's partnership in the match was 128 runs, making it the highest opening partnership in the Champions Trophy history for Pakistan, and the highest opening partnership in an ODI for Pakistan since 2009.[16][17]

International centuries

One Day International centuries

ODI centuries of Fakhar Zaman
No. Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
1 114 4  India United Kingdom London, England The Oval 18 June 2017 Won

International awards

One Day International cricket

Man of the Match awards

No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 India The Oval, London 18 June 2017 114 (106 balls: 12x4, 3x6) ; 3.3-0-25-0  Pakistan won by 180 runs.[18]


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  3. ^ Sheikh, Arslan (16 October 2016). "The Navy jawaan who would be Adam Gilchrist".
  4. ^ "India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final: Fakhar Zaman, the fauji who is now the pride of Pakistan". 19 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b Sundaresan, Bharat (19 June 2017). "India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final: Fakhar Zaman, the fauji who is now the pride of Pakistan". Indian Express. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b Khan, Qaiser (17 June 2017). "Fakhar Zaman: From the Navy to cricket stardom". Geo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ Collomosse, Tom (18 June 2017). "Brilliant Champions Trophy Final century shows Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman was right to ditch Navy career". Evening Standard. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  8. ^ "The Kiwi hand behind the fearless Fakhar". Cricket.com.au. 18 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Overseas Player Update". Somerset County Cricket Club. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Kamran Akmal returns to Pakistan ODI and T20I squads". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Pakistan tour of West Indies, 2nd T20I: West Indies v Pakistan at Port of Spain, Mar 30, 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Pakistan recall Azhar, Umar Akmal". ESPNcricinfo. 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Zaman feared he would miss final". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Fakhar Zaman rewarded for his risk". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  15. ^ "New champions: Zaman, Amir and Pakistan raze India for title". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Zaman, Ali help Pakistan storm into Champion's Trophy final". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  17. ^ "ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali record highest ODI opening run stand for Pakistan since 2009". The Indian Express. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  18. ^ "ICC Champions Trophy, Final: India v Pakistan at The Oval, Jun 18, 2017".

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