[VIDEOS] Talent Spotter : Irfanullah Shah

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Full name Irfanullah Shah

Born May 5, 1995, Bannu

Major teams Pakistan Under-19s

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast

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Getting into cricket

In the area where I lived as a young child, everyone was really into cricket. After school all the boys would meet up and play in the local park or on the streets. Any wasteland or unused space would be occupied by a game of cricket.

The younger boys would play tennis ball matches and as you got older and better, you’d be “promoted” to compete in local matches where a hard ball was used. I’ve always enjoyed playing cricket and watching cricket right from an early age. The matches we played right from a young age were very competitive. It’s an environment that breeds tough cricket and isn’t for the faint hearted.


School Cricket

I was asked by a friend to attend trials for my school team. Initially I wasn’t sure whether I should attend as I wasn’t too confident about being selected. I wasn’t picked but was put on the reserves list. However one of the boys who was scheduled to play picked up an injury and I was called in at the last minute. I did well in my first match for the school and that was really the starting point of my cricket career. After playing regularly for my school team I then progressed to district cricket and college cricket.


Bannu

Bannu is the city I was born in. It has no proper cricketing facilities so we just make use of what we can. There is no cricket stadium in Bannu and a lot of the cricketing talent from this area is spotted in district Twenty20 tournaments which are held at the local football stadium.

There are two or three such tournaments held each year and all of the district’s cricketing talent are divided up amongst the teams taking part. Usually there are representatives from departmental teams present at these tournaments as they look to sign up some of the best players. There are also district and regional coaches present overseeing proceedings and looking for young cricketers that they feel they can work with and develop. Bannu is now under FATA region and this region is really producing a lot of fast bowling talent.


District and Regional Cricket

After doing well in school cricket, I was picked for the District under 16 team after impressing at trials and then subsequently picked for the District Under 19 team. The natural progression then is to move up to regional cricket and I have played for Abbottabad Under 19s in the national Under 19 national competition.


ZTBL

I’ve signed up with one of Pakistan’s top departmental teams ZTBL. As yet I’ve not played for their first team but have been representing their Under 19 team. It’s a very professional set up compared to what I have been used to. The coaching is very good, the training more intense and there’s a lot of good advice available on nutrition and on technical aspects of the game. In my first season in the departmental Under 19 competition I was the leading wicket taker with 63 wickets. I’m hoping that I can make my way into the ZTBL first team next season.


Height

The last time I was measured I was 6 foot 4”. I don't think I've grown since then.


Motorcycle Accident

I was involved in a motorcycle accident and injured my foot last year. It was shortly before Pakistan Under 19’s tour of England and unfortunately I had to miss that tour. It was a tour that I was really looking forward to but as luck would have it, I had to take medical advice and rest the injury.


Tri Series in the UAE

I was pleased with my efforts in the tri series against UAE and England. I felt I bowled quite well and the series really boosted my confidence ahead of the Under 19 World Cup. I wasn’t part of the Asia Cup squad as the selectors decided beforehand that some players would be rested for the Asia Cup. It’s one of those things that you want to play all of the time but it’s understandable that the selectors want to try out as many players as possible.


Favourite Bowler

Mohammad Asif. I know he’s had some problems over the years, but he was a fantastic bowler. Asif was a real magician with the ball, a bowler who was so skilful with the new ball and the old ball. He really had that ability to work out batsmen and was quick to assess what the batsmen’s weaknesses were. By watching videos of his bowling, you can learn so much about the art of bowling.


Bowling Style

I’m fortunate enough to have the height advantage and can extract bounce from most surfaces. I’m also able to seam and swing the ball and have been working with my coaches particularly on reverse swing. At my age there are still so many areas to work on and develop as a bowler but fortunately I feel that the basics are there and it’s a question of developing myself and pushing myself to improve.


Under 19 World Cup

I feel we have a very good chance of lifting the World Cup. We have a very good all round squad and confidence is high. We have three matches against Afghanistan Under 19s coming up in the next few days in Lahore and that is good preparation.

The conditions in UAE will suit us and I’m confident that we can achieve our goal and win the prestigious World Cup. Pakistan has a rich tradition in this tournament and I hope that we can come back to Pakistan with the trophy.
 
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Sounds like a good lad. Obviously has talent. Wish him all the best. Insha Allah he will continue to improve and represent Pakistan in the near future.
 
If he can even develop half of the skills Asif had with the ball he could be a really good prospect. Wish him the best of luck!
 
He is a good bowler and is very accurate with his line and length. Gets bounce from good length.
 
I spoke with one of the Under 19 batsmen who face Irfanullah and the other bowlers on a regular basis. He stated that Zia ul Haq is the quickest of this group, then it's Irfanullah and Aftab.
 
Great to hear he has a good height. Hope he work's hard and prove's to be an asset for Pakistan in the future. Good luck to him.
 
I spoke with one of the Under 19 batsmen who face Irfanullah and the other bowlers on a regular basis. He stated that Zia ul Haq is the quickest of this group, then it's Irfanullah and Aftab.

Don't want to derail the thread, just wanted to know your opinion on Zia, and when you think he will be ready for Intl cricket.
 
Don't want to derail the thread, just wanted to know your opinion on Zia, and when you think he will be ready for Intl cricket.

Difficult to predict really.

Zia looked good here in England last year. Quick and moving the ball around.

I think he'll play international cricket one day but at the moment there are plenty ahead of him.
 
From what i saw in England tour

Zia's pace: 84-85 mph

Aftab's pace : 79-80 mph
 
Irfanullah Shah Before MotorCycle Accident Was Way better bowler

Anyway he still One of the best fast Bowler at Un-19 Level

Irfan Shah and Owais Munir both were in Pakistan UN-19 Squad for England Tour

but sadly Both get Injured

last Time at Trail,s Owais Munir was Fastest Bowler among all even Bowl fast than Zia ul haq from what i heard :)
 
He has te basics in good line and length according to a poster. If he adds some pace to his game and continues working on his swing, he will be a good bowler for us.
 
Don't want to derail the thread, just wanted to know your opinion on Zia, and when you think he will be ready for Intl cricket.

Difficult to predict really.

Zia looked good here in England last year. Quick and moving the ball around.

I think he'll play international cricket one day but at the moment there are plenty ahead of him.

Zia ul haq Will play For Pakistan team soon

i heard Zia ul haq has Developed Inswing for Right hand Batsman seen Video of his Bowling Recently he was Bowling few Inswinger,s

This is Great Great Sign

Zia ul haq will do Debut for Pakistan Next year Hopefully after WC-15
 
Zia ul haq Will play For Pakistan team soon

i heard Zia ul haq has Developed Inswing for Right hand Batsman seen Video of his Bowling Recently he was Bowling few Inswinger,s

This is Great Great Sign

Zia ul haq will do Debut for Pakistan Next year Hopefully after WC-15

would be great if you could share the videos.
 
Looks like a slower and inaccurate version of Ehsan Fail , really depressing to see fast bowling dying in Pakistan.
 
Should be no where near the h19 side I would be surprise if he touched 125kph in his spell.

Bowled 88mph Bouncer from No where According to PTV Speed Gun :junaid

Overall 125-127kph Average Pace

Need to Bulk Up he is extremely Skinny :amir

Irfan Shah is Strength is His accuracy and Swing (Which has Impressed me)
 
Bowled 88mph Bouncer from No where According to PTV Speed Gun :junaid

Overall 125-127kph Average Pace

Need to Bulk Up he is extremely Skinny :amir

Irfan Shah is Strength is His accuracy and Swing (Which has Impressed me)

Not sure what u have seen he is not accurate at all.
 
Well, I have never seen him, but judging by the comments, although i was initially hopeful, I'm disappointed if he has <130kph pace. Simply not enough pace to trouble an international batsman. And if you think pace will come with time, it will not miraculously come to him. Some bowlers, regardless if fitness can not naturally bowl at high speeds. Otherwise all international bowlers would be fast, including the Indians.
 
Well, I have never seen him, but judging by the comments, although i was initially hopeful, I'm disappointed if he has <130kph pace. Simply not enough pace to trouble an international batsman. And if you think pace will come with time, it will not miraculously come to him. Some bowlers, regardless if fitness can not naturally bowl at high speeds. Otherwise all international bowlers would be fast, including the Indians.

Philander Number-1 Test Bowler has 128-130kph pace :)
 
Philander Number-1 Test Bowler has 128-130kph pace :)

Sa pitch advantage notwithstanding philander is an exception, his seam movement is consistent and he knows how to get top batsmen out. there are pbly 20 or 30 decent bowlers in county alone who get decent movement at around 80 mph but none has the success of philander.

you hardly get anything from most contemporary test pitches unless you bowl slowest 83, 84 mph (so that is min average of around 85, 86 mph).
 
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The way Afghani batsmen dancing down and hitting him for boundary was a terrible sight. Just no pace even to trouble minnow u19.
 
Another of the young hopefuls and definitely a quick bowler to watch out for at the u19 World Cup.
 
Another of the young hopefuls and definitely a quick bowler to watch out for at the u19 World Cup.

Would be great if this tournament could be the basis of a successful career.
 
Unfortunately too many trundlers coming through the ranks.
 
Yep, too many Trundlers. In fact, our spinners look more promising than the pace bowlers in u19's. Although having good spinners is always a positive, lack of fast bowling talent in u19 Pak cricket is a sorry sight.
 
He looked the best of the Pakistani seamers today.

Also bowled some good Yorkers at the end of the Indian innings.
 
Looks the goods, he was definitely the most impressive seamer for Pakistan.
 
Bowled very well. He is tall and stuck to good line and length.

At 19, he is bowling at 128k's which is a lot faster than Indian trundlers.
 
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Why is he not in any of peshawar or abbotabad squad ? Is he unfit ? [MENTION=132429]HASHAM2[/MENTION]
 
he isnt that good he bowls at 118-120 pace and he plays for fata cheetas who havemt qualified
 
After an absence of two years, will be playing 2nd XI cricket for KP. Let's see how he goes.
 
From PCB report for Day 2 of Round 6 of QeA20

With four wickets for 41 runs from 12 overs, Irfanullah was the pick of the bowlers. Featuring in his first first-class match of the 2020-21 domestic season, the 25-year-old dismissed Balochistan’s top-three batsmen – Azeem Ghumman (three), Awais Zia (28) and Ali Waqas (0) – before returning to send Kashif Bhatti (three) back to the hut.
 
He performs more often than not in 4 day cricket whenever he is given an opportunity. His tally of 59 FC wickets (Before this match) at an average of 19 manifests the same.
 
Idolizes Mohammad Asif, he’s pretty tall too, and I think similarly low pace. If he’s picking up wickets, that implies he has good control and smarts, I reckon.
 
He performs more often than not in 4 day cricket whenever he is given an opportunity. His tally of 59 FC wickets (Before this match) at an average of 19 manifests the same.

Mostly he has done it in the old fc structure now he is getting opportunities in the new structure and making it count.
We will need a replacment for Abbas soon so he could be one of the options
 
From Day 1 of Round 7 of QeA20:

Irfanullah Shah took five for 33 and Sajid Khan grabbed three for 66 to justify Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Khalid Usman’s decision to take the option of bowling first at the State Bank Stadium when they combined to bowl out fifth-placed Sindh for 229 inside 82 overs.
 
From Day 1 of Round 7 of QeA20:

Irfanullah Shah took five for 33 and Sajid Khan grabbed three for 66 to justify Khyber Pakhtunkhwa captain Khalid Usman’s decision to take the option of bowling first at the State Bank Stadium when they combined to bowl out fifth-placed Sindh for 229 inside 82 overs.

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Pace is not important when you get brunch and seem movement! Can’t believe the kid is nearly 25 and hardly played
 
Since height is being emphasised, would it be fair to say these are the most promising seamers currently ?

Akif Javed
Sameen Gul
Shahnawaz Dhani
Irfanullah Shah

Would like to see these four closely assessed and taken onto A team tours.
 
Since height is being emphasised, would it be fair to say these are the most promising seamers currently ?

Akif Javed
Sameen Gul
Shahnawaz Dhani
Irfanullah Shah

Would like to see these four closely assessed and taken onto A team tours.

Akif is extremely gifted but has a few technical issues holding him back which i have discussed previously.

Shahnawaz is a complete bowler; can move the ball both ways, can hit different lengths, has good pace and a fantastic attitude. He definitely is a test match potential.
However, he isnt strong enough yet, which is why he has struggled in the last round.

He should get better with a little more muscle on his very slender frame and it will be interesting to see how he comes back next season.

Sameen, when I saw him was decent, but not anything more than that. However, i have not observed him in a red ball game.

Haven't seen irfanUllah bowl live so cant comment on him.
But speaking generally, the talent pool has widened exponentially and we should be really grateful for this.
 
Since height is being emphasised, would it be fair to say these are the most promising seamers currently ?

Akif Javed
Sameen Gul
Shahnawaz Dhani
Irfanullah Shah

Would like to see these four closely assessed and taken onto A team tours.

For me akif javed has the most talent along with dhani

Akif can swing the ball away and into right handers okay pace decent yorkers decent bounce one over he bowled to shane watson in the psl was a world class over
 
After Hasan Ali in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 🏆 this guy along with Dhani seem the most promising. Waqas maqsood was also great. Tabish is past his peak tbh
 
He needs to add abit more pace but he can swing the ball.his domestic stats were really good.
 
He needs to add abit more pace but he can swing the ball.his domestic stats were really good.

Even if he bowls at Abbas's pace it's great because he has the height too. He could be an Asif like bowler
 
For me akif javed has the most talent along with dhani

Akif can swing the ball away and into right handers okay pace decent yorkers decent bounce one over he bowled to shane watson in the psl was a world class over

I don't understand the deal with this Akif Javed guy.

His stats are bang on average, nothing to really suggest that he's a world class bowler.

Am I missing something?
 
I don't understand the deal with this Akif Javed guy.

His stats are bang on average, nothing to really suggest that he's a world class bowler.

Am I missing something?

I think you are reading too much into stats especially since he’s played a handfuls of matches. These stats will change. I just like his effortless action and ability to beat both edges of the bat
 
I don't understand the deal with this Akif Javed guy.

His stats are bang on average, nothing to really suggest that he's a world class bowler.

Am I missing something?

What stats are you talking about.i never said
He's a world class bowler ?
 
I've seen him bowl and hes excellent with the new ball - accurate and moves it. Should have been selected for Zimbavwe tour ahead of Tabish who offers nothing
 
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I think you are reading too much into stats especially since he’s played a handfuls of matches. These stats will change. I just like his effortless action and ability to beat both edges of the bat

Hopefully, but I heard he got an injury or something.

He didn't participate in the Pakistan Cup if I'm not mistaken, and I didn't see him in the PSL.
 
For me akif javed has the most talent along with dhani

Akif can swing the ball away and into right handers okay pace decent yorkers decent bounce one over he bowled to shane watson in the psl was a world class over

Ahmed Bashir too.
 
If shaheen can be picked for test side with almost zero FC experience then why cant this guy make it with decent first class experience under his belt. He's tall and moves the ball. Would be a much better investment than Tabish who's well past his prime
 
He is having a fantastic FC season and also did well in last season. It is high time we let go of Muhammad Abbas and pick him in the squad.
 
QEA 2020/21 ---23 wickets in 6 matches with an average of 20.22
QEA 2021/22 ---18 wickets in 3 matches with an average of 16.17

Quite impressive considering its a Kookaburra Ball
 
If he bulks up a bit and increases his pace then he could he a good bowler.He did quite well in A tour of Sri Lanka.
 
If he bulks up a bit and increases his pace then he could he a good bowler.He did quite well in A tour of Sri Lanka.

His height can compensate for lack of pace. Look at Southee, still doing well despite lack of pace these days
 
He should be picked ahead of Abbas he has the height and can actually swing the ball both ways.
 
Still around Irfanullah!

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