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Date of birth – 27 July 1985 Huddersfield, Yorkshire
Nottinghamshire First Class Debut – 10 April 2013 v Middlesex (h)
Having experienced the disappointment of successive relegations with different counties, in both 2012 and 2013, Ajmal Shahzad got his career back on course last summer, with a winner’s medal in his first season at Trent Bridge.
The lively medium-fast bowler played a pivotal role to help Nottinghamshire win the Yorkshire Bank 40 trophy last season. His 22 wickets – including three in the Lord’s final – came at an average of just 18 apiece.
Shahzad’s red ball form wasn’t quite as eye-catching though, with 26 wickets at over 43 and he’ll be looking to improve on that return this time around.
The Huddersfield-born quick bowler fell out of favour at his home county after taking 125 wickets for Yorkshire in 45 first class matches. Prior to joining Notts he spent most of the 2012 campaign on loan at Lancashire but the opportunity to join Mick Newell’s side was too much to resist.
Good enough to have completed the ‘full house’ of representing England in all three disciplines, Test, ODI and t20, the likeable Shahzad is still young enough, at 28, to return to the highest level.
A handy contributor with the bat and an energetic fielder, Shahzad will be hoping his performances this summer not only cement his place in Nottinghamshire’s championship side but also catch the eye of the national selectors once again.