Imran Farhat


Full name Imran Farhat – Also known as Romi
Born May 20, 1982, Lahore, Punjab
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
Relation Father-in-law – Mohammad Ilyas, Brother – Humayun Farhat
Major teams Pakistan, Biman Bangladesh, Habib Bank Limited, ICL Pakistan XI, Lahore, Lahore Badshahs, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Lions, Pakistan Reserves

Imran Farhat is a left hand opening batsman and occasional left arm spin bowler. It’s been a ‘stop-start’ career for this dashing left handed opener who was given a number of opportunities at the international level and recalled several times without long term success and consistency. Imran despite being a wonderful strokemaker has never really cemented his place in the Pakistan team and whilst very pleasing on the eye when in full flow, always has had the tendency to self-destruct playing a loose or irresponsible shot. His test average of 32 and ODI average of 32.45 dont do justice to a player who could have achieved a lot more at the international level and was a very skilled exponent.

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Farhat made his senior debut aged 15 in a one-day match for Lahore City against Malaysia, together with three other players who went on to play Test cricket (Taufeeq Umar, Bazid Khan and Kamran Akmal). Three years later, in February 2001, Farhat made his One Day International debut, against New Zealand in Auckland, scoring 20 runs in a chase of 150 to win. After the tour of New Zealand, where Farhat played three Tests and three ODIs, he was sent back to domestic cricket before returning against Australia in the third Test of the 2002–03 series, where he made 30 and 22 in an innings defeat. However, he was retained for the home two-Test series against South Africa in 2003–04, where he scored 235 runs including a maiden Test century in a 1–0 series win, second behind fellow opener Taufeeq Umar.

A month later, Farhat played in an ODI-only series against New Zealand, which Pakistan won 5–0, and Farhat made three fifties along with his second international century, ending with 348 runs at a batting average of 69.60, once again the second-highest amount of runs — this time behind Yasir Hameed. The season was rounded off with another century, this time against India, where he made 101 to help Pakistan gain a 202-run first-innings lead and eventually won the match by nine wickets. However, Farhat tallied 81 runs in the other two matches, which Pakistan lost to lose the series 1–2.

Farhat was less impressive the following season, however, and in four Tests, two against Sri Lanka and two against Australia, he only passed fifty twice, ending the season with 199 runs at 24.87 before the selectors left him out for the third Test of the series with Australia. In September 2004, just before the 2004–2005 season, he had been dropped from the ODI side following the 2004 Champions Trophy, as he had failed to pass 40 with any of his last ten innings, and that included 38 not out against the non-Test nation of Kenya, 20 against ODI debutants Hong Kong and 24 against Bangladesh.

He continued to score heavily in the domestic competitions and a century in a practise game against the visiting Indian team was rewarded with a place in the squad to take on India in the Test series (2006). He returned to Test cricket in style, with an important half century in the deciding third Test at Karachi. He scored a brilliant unbeaten century in the final test against New Zealand in 2009. His brother Humayun Farhat has also played International cricket for Pakistan.

In 2010 he was not as successful in England against Australia and England. He dropped vital catches.

Batting and Fielding Averages

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 40 77 2 2400 128 32.00 4970 48.28 3 14 348 4 40 0
ODIs 58 58 2 1719 107 30.69 2489 69.06 1 13 190 16 14 0
T20Is 7 7 0 76 19 10.85 70 108.57 0 0 14 0 3 0
First-class 166 286 15 11789 308 43.50 28 51 144 0
List A 183 181 12 5980 164 35.38 13 29 70 0
Twenty20 54 54 2 1396 115 26.84 953 146.48 2 8 186 35 22 0

Bowling Averages

Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 40 15 427 284 3 2/69 2/69 94.66 3.99 142.3 0 0 0
ODIs 58 8 116 110 6 3/10 3/10 18.33 5.68 19.3 0 0 0
T20Is 7
First-class 166 5782 3317 110 7/31 30.15 3.44 52.5 2 0
List A 183 2873 2496 84 4/13 4/13 29.71 5.21 34.2 3 0 0
Twenty20 54 23 389 510 27 5/26 5/26 18.88 7.86 14.4 0 1 0

Imran Farhat News

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Pakistan ready for South Africa: Misbah 8 Oct 2013

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PCB denies `panic situation` after Zim loss ahead of selection for SA tour 16 Sep 2013

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Sarfraz Nawaz says right time for Pak to plan for 2015 Cricket World Cup 20 Aug 2013

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Pakistan’s Umar Akmal ruled out of Zimbabwe tour 17 Aug 2013

KARACHI  – Pakistan on Saturday suffered a blow ahead of their tour of Zimbabwe starting next week with dashing batsman Umar Akmal ruled out due to a back complaint. The 23-year-old suffered the injury while playing in the ongoing Caribb...

Pakistan’s Farhat pulls out of Zimbabwe tour 13 Aug 2013

KARACHI  – Opener Imran Farhat has pulled out of Pakistan’s tour to Zimbabwe, citing personal reasons, and has been replaced by the uncapped Shan Masood, Pakistani cricket chiefs announced Tuesday. The 31-year-old Farhat has failed to ce...

Shan to replace Imran for Zimbabwe tour 13 Aug 2013

Karachi :   Shan Masood will be replacing opener Imran Farhat, who has withdrew from accompanying the national team for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe citing domestic issues. Imran Farhat, whose selection for the tour came under immense c...

pakistan-batsman-manzoor-returns-for-zimbabwe-tour 7 Aug 2013

KARACHI  – Pakistan opener Khurram Manzoor was recalled to the Test squad announced Tuesday for the tour of Zimbabwe later this month, but there was no room in the squad for giant paceman Mohammad Irfan. The 27-year-old Manzoor was surpr...

` Out of favour` Kamran Akmal advises brother Umar to focus on batting 20 Jul 2013

Karachi: Out of favour Pakistani wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal has advised his brother Umar to focus on his batting, saying that he has talent in that department and is by nature a specialist attacking batsman. The elder Akmal, who ...

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