ISLAMABAD: Middle order batsman Asad Shafiq turned 30 Thursday. The right-hand batsman who was born on January 28,1986 in Karachi made his international debut in 2010, and impressed immediately with a half-century in an ODI on the tour to England in 2010.
A Test call-up followed later that year, and Shafiq justified that call-up by scoring 61 on debut against South Africa in Abu Dhabi.
Since then, he has been reasonably consistent as a Test batsman, showing spunk and flair in the middle order. Against Bangladesh in 2011 he scored his maiden Test century, but against South Africa in 2013 he bettered that, scoring a Test hundred in tough conditions in Cape Town: coming in to bat at 33 for 4, he added 219 with Younis Khan and scored 111 against an attack that included Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.
Shafiq was first noticed when he stormed the first-class scene in his debut season in 2007-08, scoring a double-hundred. He fell short of thousand runs that season, but attained the milestone two seasons later, when he scored 1244 runs in 12 games at 49.76.
So far he has represented Pakistan in 411 Test matches and 58 one-day international matches scoring 2597 and 1318 runs respectively. He has scored 192 runs in 10 T20 international matches. As leg break bowler he has also taken one wicket in Test cricket.