Meet Abrar Ahmed, Pakistan’s debutant mystery leg-spinner

Abrar Ahmed becomes 13th Pakistani to take five or more wickets on Test debut

By thoughtfulnews.com

December 09, 2022

Abrar Ahmed took a five-for before lunch on debut, Pakistan vs England, 2nd Test, Multan, 1st day, December 9, 2022. —PCB
Abrar Ahmed took a five-for before lunch on debut, Pakistan vs England, 2nd Test, Multan, 1st day, December 9, 2022. —PCB

MULTAN: Debutant mystery leg-spinner Abrar Ahmed stunned England on Friday, grabbing seven wickets as the visitors were bowled all out at 180 shortly after lunch on the opening day of the second Test in Multan.

Abrar became the 13th Pakistani bowler to claim five or more wickets on his first Test appearance.

The 24-year-old — Abrar Ahmed “Harry Potter” by friends because he wears glasses similar to those of the fictional boy wizard — dismissed Zak Crawley (19), Ben Duckett (63) and Joe Root (eight) in the first two hours, before sending Ollie Pope (60) and Harry Brook (nine) on their way.

The first session ended with England scoring 180-5, with Ben Stokes and Will Jacks with 14 and zero respectively. Wickets-wise, the session was in complete contrast to the first Test when England smashed 174-0 by lunch on an opening day.

Abrar Ahmed became the 13th Pakistan bowler to claim a fifer on their Test debut, before him Muhammad Zahid Nazir Jr, Bilal Asif, Arif Butt, Tanvir Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Shahid Nazir, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Arafat, Shabbir Ahmed, Muhammad Sami, Noman Ali have held this record.

Who is mystery spinner ?

Abrar was born in Karachi but his family hails from a small village called Shinkiari in Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The 24-year-old developed interest in the game while playing tape-ball cricket in Karachi’s Lines Area.

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