Tabish Khan Took Most Wickets In First-Class Among Asian Teams Before His Test Debut

Tabish Khan's 18-year wait for an international cap came to an end when he was given a Test debut against Zimbabwe in the second Test match. The veteran fast bowler became Pakistan's third-oldest Test debutant, and the 245th player to play Test cricket for the country.

Tabish took 598 wickets in his 18-year first-class career, the most by any player before making his Test debut for an Asian team. Malinda Pushpakumara, a Sri Lankan fast bowler who made his international debut against India in 2017, had previously taken 558 wickets.

Tabish has the second most first-class wickets of any player before making his Test debut. Irish bowler Tim Murtagh had claimed 712 first-class wickets before making his Test debut in 2018, Ireland's first-ever Test match.

Tabish made 137 first-class appearances before receiving a Test cap; only former Pakistani all-rounder Khalid ‘Billy' Ibadulla made more first-class appearances than Tabish before receiving a Test cap, with 218 matches.

Tabish got the Test cap from Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, who was almost teary-eyed, demonstrating the importance of a national Test jersey for a cricketer. Tabish will be desperate to take on Zimbabwe's batting line-up and will be hoping to make a strong start to his Test career.

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