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In focus: Afridi, Ajmal & Tamim Published: 03 March 2014

Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi celebrate a wicket for Pakistan
Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi celebrate a wicket for Pakistan

After the announcement of Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Tamim Iqbal as participants of the MCC v Rest of the World game at Lord's on Saturday 5 July, Lords.org profiles the careers of the three players.

Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal is the first Bangladeshi batsman to appear on the Lord’s Honours Board, and his explosive hard-hitting batting has made him one of the most sought after cricketers on the planet.

Making his Bangladesh debut in an ODI against Zimbabwe in 2007, Iqbal soon established himself at the top of the order, making a half century as Bangladesh famously beat India in the 2007 ICC World Cup at the age of just 18.

Iqbal’s first ODI century came against Ireland the following year, with his maiden Test ton coming as Bangladesh beat West Indies in 2009 - the country’s first ever overseas Test win.

Arguably Iqbal’s finest moment came in 2010 in his only Test appearance at Lord’s, where he hit a majestic 103 to write his name on the Lord’s Honours Board and his place into Bangladeshi cricketing folklore.

Overall record:

Matches Runs Batting Average High Score 100s
Tests 32 2,269 36.59 151 4
ODIs 124 3,702 30.09 154 4
T20s 26 576 24.00 88* 0

At Lord's

Matches Runs Batting Average High Score 100s
Tests 1 158 79.00 103 1

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Tamim Iqbal batting for Bangladesh

Shahid Afridi

Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi is one of cricket’s biggest attractions, with the ability to wow crowds with both bat and ball.

To say Afridi burst onto the scene is an understatement - in his first international innings and at the age of just 16 he broke the record for the fastest ever ODI century, making it to three figures off just an astonishing 37 balls.

Extremely rare at the top level, Afridi is able to back up his explosive batting with high quality leg-spin bowling, picking up the most wickets at the 2011 ICC World Cup, and boasting almost 500 international wickets to go alongside his 10,000 runs in a Pakistan shirt.

One of the most highly rated T20 players worldwide, Afridi was named Man of the Tournament of the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007, before being named Man of the Match as Pakistan won the 2009 edition at Lord’s.

Afridi captained Pakistan at Lord's in a Test match against Australia and a T20 against the MCC in 2010, and he will face the MCC again as part of the Rest of the World XI.

Overall record:

Matches Runs Batting Av. High Score 100s Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
Tests 27 1,716 36.51 156 5 48 35.50 5/52
ODIs 373 7,516 23.34 124 6 375 33.57 7/12
T20Is 70 1,044 18.98 54* 0 73 22.50 4/11

At Lord's: 

Matches Runs Batting Av. High Score 100s Wickets Bowling Av. Best Bowling
Tests 2 50 16.66 31 0 3 65.66 1/44
ODIs 5 80 20.00 37 0 4 33.25 1/27
T20Is 3 67 33.50 54* 0 7 7.71 4/11

Saeed Ajmal

A late entrant to international cricket, making his debut at the age of 30, Saeed Ajmal has spent the last few years making up for lost time and cementing his reputation as one of the deadliest spinners in the world.

Ajmal played an important role as his country won the 2009 ICC World T20, going for a handy 0/28 in the Lord’s final, bowling mostly alongside Afridi. He finished as the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

His Test debut was to follow soon after, picking up five wickets in Galle, and since then he hasn’t looked back as he’s raced to 169 Test wickets while establishing himself as arguably the best spin bowler in the world.

Batsmen around the world have been bewildered by Ajmal’s mystifying variations, and in 2011 he was the leading wicket-taker in Tests. He was the fastest Pakistani to 100 Test wickets, and at the age of 36 he is showing no sign of slowing down.

Overall record:

Matches Wickets Bowling Average Best Bowling
Tests 33 169 27.46 7/55
ODIs 105 171 22.49 5/24
T20Is 59 81 17.02 4/19

At Lord's:

Matches Wickets Bowling Average Best Bowling
Tests 1 2 63.00 2/126
ODIs 1 2 15.50 2/31
T20Is 3 5 14.80 3/20

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