Here's the list of most First-Class centuries by Pakistan batters

Azhar Ali registered his 50th century in the President's Trophy match between SNGPL and KRL

January 04, 2024
Azhar Ali - PCB

KARACHI: Former Pakistan batter Azhar Ali has completed his half-century of centuries in First-Class cricket, becoming the ninth Pakistani to achieve this feat.

The 38-year-old recorded his 50th century in the President's Trophy match between SNGPL and KRL at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Azhar Ali has scored 8 centuries each for SNGPL and KRL in domestic cricket. He made six centuries for Central Punjab, three for Worcestershire and Punjab respectively.

From Somerset, Azhar Ali made one century, while he registered two centuries in Pakistan's side matches. The former Test captain also made 19 Test centuries for Pakistan.

Here's the list of the most First-Class centuries by Pakistan batters:

108 – Zaheer Abbas

80 – Javed Miandad

73 – Majid Khan

72 – Mushtaq Mohammad

56 – Younis Khan

55 – Hanif Mohammad

53 – Shafiq Ahmed

50 – Sadiq Mohammad

50 – Azhar Ali

Meanwhile, Azhar Ali celebrated his achievement after the end of the day's play but cutting a cake. Both teams' players brought the cake since he has represented both departments in his career.

Regarding the game, SNGPL started from their overnight score of 22-0 and scored 349-7 in their allotted 80 overs, in reply to KRL’s 281-9. Azhar Ali smashed 140 (206b, 9x4s, 2x6s). The opening partnership was worth 125 runs as Abid Ali (61, 108b, 9x4s) was removed by Maaz Sadaqat. He also got rid of Omair Bin Yousuf (31, 63b, 1x4) and Kamran Ghulam (10, 21b, 1x4).

Batting at number five, skipper Asad Shafiq (69, 50b, 3x4s, 3x6s), contributed with a brisk half-century to help SNGPL take a crucial 68-run lead. Maaz bagged three wickets while Umer Khan dismissed one batter.

By the end of the day, KRL had scrapped their way to 56-2 in 17 overs, as they trail by 12 runs with eight wickets left. Ali Zaryab (25 not out, 56b, 3x4s) and Imran Rafiq (2 not out, 10b) will be on the crease for KRL at the start of day three.

Faizan Lakhani is Deputy Editor (Sports) at Geo News.