First-class cricketer Shehzad Azam Rana is no more

By our correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan A pacer Shahzad Azam Rana, who would play for Islamabad and Northern, died of cardiac arrest here on Friday.

Shahzad was taken to hospital as he felt chest pain early Friday morning. The hospital released him after conducting ECG and other minor tests on his heart condition. Late in the evening, he suffered another heart attack which took his life.

Shazad played 95 first-class matches, claiming 388 wickets at a decent average of around 25. He also played 58 List A matches, picking 68 wickets. In T20 cricket, he picked 27 wickets in 29 matches.

When Shahzad broke into the national cricket scene he was considered one of the fastest bowler, capable of delivering the ball at 145kph. He was one of the leading wicket-takers in first-class cricket during the last decade.

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