Canadian Saad Bin Zafar made his name in the history books after becoming the first cricketer to achieve this remarkable feat.
Canadian spin bowler Saad Bin Zafar rewritten the history books by becoming the first cricketer to score zero runs in a four-cycle men’s T20 international.
Zafar bowled 24 straight points during Canada’s 208-run win over Panama in a qualifier for the T20 World Cup Americas Region earlier this week at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
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The 35-year-old also got two wickets – removed the Panama batter Dineshbhai Ahir and Mohmad Sohel Patel for zero – and got two catches in the field.
The previous record was held by Kuwait’s Mohammed Aslam, who won 2/3 against Saudi Arabia in February 2020.
Zafar has played 17 games for Canada since the ICC granted its members full T20I status in 2019.
The left-armed tweaker won 24 T20I wickets at 3:33 p.m., with best numbers of 3/8 against the Cayman Islands in August 2019.
Pakistani-born Zafar has also represented the Saint Lucia Kings and the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League.
The most economical bowling magic at the men’s T20 international matches
2/0 – Saad Bin Zafar (CAN) v Panama, Nov. 2021
2/3 – Mohammed Aslam (KUW) vs. Saudi Arabia, Feb. 2020
5/4 – Pedro Arrighi (ARG) v Brazil, Oct 2019
2/4 – Aizaz Khan (HKG) v Nepal, November 2014
2/4 – Ian Holland (USA) vs. Belize, Nov. 2021
1/4 – Abdullah Akbarjan (AUT) v Belgium, July 2021
* At least four overs
During Sunday’s T20 game, opening bat Rayyan Pathan scored an unbeaten 106 of 62 balls, helping Canada to an impressive 245/1 total.
But Panama was cast in response for 37 – spinner Salman Nazar was the main destroyer with numbers 3/8.
With five wins from its six games in the qualifiers for the Americas region, Canada has secured a place in the global qualifiers for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup alongside the USA.