Twitter and other social forums talk about Tabish Khan, an experienced first-class bowler. Delivering his skills constantly, Tabish has finally been appealing enough for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to get noticed.
As PCB named the Test squad in early January versus Zimbabwe, Tabish got his name after 18 years of wait. However, it was not confirmed if the bowler will get a chance to be in the playing XI.
As the tour proceeds, Pakistan are currently facing Zimbabwe in the second Test match. Not being a part of the first Test, the authorities named Tabish in the playing XI of the 2nd Test, that was joyful to witness for many.
Tabish Khan, oldest Pakistani to make test debut in 66 years:
He received his cap from Misbah ul Haq, the team’s head coach before that match began on 7th May. Consequently, he became the third oldest Test debutant for Pakistan and probably the first-oldest in 66 years.
It is to be noted that Miran Baksh and Amir Elahi remain the first and second oldest sequentially as they made their red-ball debut back in 1955 and 1952 being 47 and 44 years old respectively.
598 first-class wickets; most by any player before making a Test debut:
He has 598 first-class wickets that got converted to 599 after picking Tarisai Musakanda during Zimbabwe’s first innings. Notably, 589 first-class wickets remain the highest for any player before making a Test debut for an Asian team. They are also the second-most highest by any player before a red-ball debut against any team other than England.
Detect 2 years off two decades, this is how much Tabish waited!
Not only statically, but he waited for more than 18 years despite bombastic performances for a maiden call in the national team. Like that, he becomes the second player to play the most first-class matches (137) before an international call in Tests. Before him, Khalid Ibadullah played 218 first-class games and make his debut in 1964 against Australia.
Tabish Khan now looks ahead to a brilliant red-ball career after years of wait. He could be termed as Fawad Alam of the Pakistani bowlers as Fawad also waited for more than a decade to be in the national team despite a pile of first-class tons.