Many cricketers that have ever featured for Pakistan hail from the Baloch region. Some of these players have accomplished heroic feats against top cricketing nations like England and also play for top Pakistan Super League (PSL) clubs.
Let’s see more details about top cricketers from Baluchistan region and some of their major achievements.
Bismillah Khan was born in Quetta, Baluchistan, Pakistan on March 1 1990. The experienced cricketer currently plays for Baluchistan and the PSL’s Quetta Gladiators.
Bismillah is a seasoned wicket-keeper batter and was one of the PSL’s hottest buys in his debut season. He was snapped up by the Quetta Gladiators for $10,000 and has lived up to that price tag.
Khan scored 55 runs from 30 balls in his first PSL game against the Lahore Qalandars. He also earned the man of the match (MOTM) award in that debut game.
Bismillah has featured for Pakistan’s domestic side Baluchistan since 2019 and was a part of their squad to the 2019/2020 Quaid-e-Azam tournament. He has also been part of the team’s squad to at least one Pakistan Cup.
Haider is one of the hottest prospects out of Baloch and has had a bright career in cricket since his debut. His A-list debut for Baluchistan saw his potentials on full display to spectators in the Pakistan Cup tourney of 2016.
Haider was born on December 28 1997 in Quetta, Pakistan and still features in domestic cricket tournaments. His first match for Baluchistan v Punjab revealed his potential as one of Baluchistan’s most promising players. We’ve not heard much about him since, but he could be a late bloomer if he gets caps for the senior national team.
Jalat Khan was born on February 3 1986 in Kachi District, Baluchistan, Pakistan. The left-handed all-rounder remains one of Pakistan’s most-respected players in recent years. He offers a dangerous left-arm bowl many batters find difficult to swing against and is also a top batter for any team on his best days.
Jalat made his full debut in 2003 and A-list first start in 2002. He has played for the following teams throughout his career:
- State Bank of Pakistan,
- Sibi Cricket Association,
- Quetta Bears,
- Pakistan Customs, and
- Baluchistan Bears
Some of his heroics earned Pakistan a bronze medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games of 2010. The third-place match against Sri Lanka revealed some of Jalat’s potential as a match-winning player in different departments. He was a part of Baluchistan’s squad in the 2020/2021 Pakistan Cup.
Yamin made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe on October 1 2015. He played as one of Pakistan’s most reliable right-arm bowlers for many years. Aamer doubled as an all-rounder whenever the team required his swift batting abilities.
Aamer was born in Multan, Punjab region of Pakistan and was a regular starter for the Lahore Qalandars in the Pakistan Super League. He also featured in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the Pakistan Cup. Yamin also played in the 2019-20 National T20 Cup as one of Pakistan’s Top Players to Watch, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
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List of Some Top Baluchistan Cricketers
Find the names of some top cricketers from Baloch region below:
- Aamer Yamin
- Abdur Rauf Haris Rauf
- Akif Javed
- Asad Ali
- Bilal Khilji
- Bismillah Khan
- Faisal Mubashir
- Fakhar Zaman
- Ghulam Haider
- Ghulam Mudassar
- Hamal Wahab
- Jalat Khan
- Kamran Hussain
- Khalid Usman
- Mahboob Shah
- Mohammad Irshad
- Mohtashim Rasheed
- Nasim Khan
- Rahat Ali
- Rameez Aziz
- Rizwan Haider
- Saad Ali
- Saeed bin Nasir
- Sahibzada Farhan
- Salman Ali Agha
- Shaheen Afridi
- Shoaib Khan
- Sohaib Maqsood
- Taimur Khan
- Tanvir Ahmed
- Umaid Asif
- Usman Shinwari
- Usman Tariq
- Zulfiqar Babar
How many Pakistan players are from Baloch?
There are at least forty (40) Pakistan players to have come from the Baloch region. Countless players have featured for the Pakistan national team across its regions, and players from this region have received good representation in the senior side.
How many Shia players have played for Pakistan?
Over five (5) players that identify as Shia Muslims have featured for Pakistan’s senior cricket team. Shia Muslims are in the minority across Pakistan and many of them currently feature for teams across domestic leagues in the country