- LocationKarachi, Pakistan
- Squad Number82
- Debut date
Current age: 34 Years Major teams: St Paul's High School, St Patricks High School, Karachi Club, Zone III, Karachi, PwC, Wombats CC Playing role: Fast Bowler Batting style: Right-hand bat Bowling Style: Right Arm Fast
As a kid growing up in the 1990s, Tashfen idolised legendary Waqar Younis as his hero. Tashfen started playing cricket at school at the age of 10 as an opening bowler. He gradually built up speed and became a top quality fast bowler having accurate control on line and length and seam position. He also developed the art of swinging the ball both ways which he mastered over the years playing for school, club and zone cricket in Karachi.
Tashfen’s school mates called him “Patrician Express” owing to his aggressive pace bowling while representing St. Patrick’s High School Karachi.
Tashfen has also to his credit some scintillating performances with his bat and proves himself as a bowling all-rounder. He likes to slog spinners and his favorite shots are blasting sixes over the midon/midoff boundaries. Tashfen has won many nail-biting games for his teams. In 2008, while representing a club game in Karachi, Karachi Club required 40 runs off the last two overs, Tashfen single-handedly took the match away from the opposition by hitting five sixes in the second last over.
Tashfen also represented St Paul’s High school, Karachi club and PwC as a captain. Tashfen loves and enjoys leading from the front and due to his aggressive mindset both on and off the field, he has consistently led his teams to many victories in tournaments. In 2011, Tashfen was dropped from the PwC side after performing badly in a couple of matches and was not selected for interfirm cricket tournament organized by Mazars in 2011. Tashfen was not happy at his exclusion from the side but continued to work hard and made a strong comeback in 2012 by taking a lot of wickets. His prior leadership experience and an extraordinary performance in 2012 inspired the selectors to select him as a captain for the 2012 Mazars interfirm cricket tournament. Tashfen did not disappoint the selectors who put faith in his captaincy and bowling and led PwC to one of the most remarkable victories against KPMG in the final at the Sevens Ground, UAE.
After taking a break from cricket for almost 3 years, Tashfen found a great opportunity in the UAE to play for Wombats Cricket Club in November 2015. Since Tashfen joined Wombats after the DSL 2015/2016 season had already started, he could not play the first part of the season but he inspired the selectors with his unbeaten fifty in his debut match for Wombats in a friendly game. The main feature of this match was the breaking up of the bat of Tauseef Qadri by Tashfen while playing his innings. Tauseef had an special attachment with his bat which had produced so many runs during his cricketing career. Tauseef still remembers his magical bat as he often talks about it to Tashfen and other team mates.
Tashfen was then selected for Wombats Black for the second part of the DSL 2015/2016 which started in January 2016. He finished the DSL season with the best strike rate among all the bowlers by taking 15 wickets at a strike rate of 10.3 runs per wicket which includes 3 three-fors and a five wicket match haul against HSBC.
Tashfen has lost his pace considerably over the last few years but he continues to swing the ball both ways with an accurate line and length. He is always aiming for stumps rather than batsman which earned him the best strike rate in the last season of DSL.
Cricket is all about mind games and handling pressure. Pressure situations bring the best out of me