Over the weekend, five Pakistani players competed in the 2022 County Championship season. Naseem Shah, Zafar Gohar, Shan Masood, Mohammad Abbas, and Azhar Ali were among the five players who competed in the first round of the County Championship matches in the two divisions.
In the second division encounter between Derbyshire and Middlesex, Shan Masood was the star of the show. The opener got off to a great start to the season, scoring back-to-back half-centuries in the same game. Shan scored 91 and 62 runs in the match, which ended in a close draw between the two teams.
In a hard-fought draw against Northampton shire, Zafar Gohar and Naseem Shah represented Gloucestershire. In the first innings, Naseem Shah took one wicket for 41 runs before suffering a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the second. Naseem is optimistic that he would be able to play in the second encounter.
Zafar, on the other hand, had a strong performance, scoring a half-century in the second innings and taking four wickets. Gloucestershire’s innings was saved from a hazardous position thanks to his innings of 53 off 96 balls.
Mohammad Abbas, Pakistan’s ace right-arm Test bowler, bowled brilliantly for Hampshire against Somerset. Hampshire won by an innings and 113 runs, with Abbas taking 2/28 in the first innings and 4/22 in the second.
As Worcestershire and Leicestershire played out a draw in division two of the County Championship, Pakistan’s seasoned middle-order hitter Azhar Ali had a dismal effort in both innings, scoring 2 in the first innings and 1 in the second.