|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
|International Debut||ODI- 18 October 2017 against Sri Lanka at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Test- 1 May 2018 against Ireland at Malahide Cricket Club Ground, Dublin, Ireland
T20- 5 May 2019 against England at Cardiff Wales Stadium, Wales, England
|Domestic/State Team||• Balochistan
• Habib Bank Limited
• Lahore Region Blues
• Peshawar Zalmi
• Pakistan Under-19
• Pakistan Under-23
|Bowling Style||Right-arm Leg Spin|
|Favourite Shot||Cut Shot|
|Records (main ones)||• Second batsman (with 7 half-centuries) to score the most consecutive half-centuries in ODI cricket
• First player to score 4 hundreds in the first 9 matches in ODI cricket
• Tenth Pakistani Batsman to score a century in both innings of a test match
|Date of Birth||12 December 1995 (Tuesday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||27 Years|
|School||Beaconhouse School System, Multan|
|College/University||Punjab College, Lahore|
|Educational Qualifications||He holds an I.Com (Intermediate of Commerce) from Punjab College, Lahore.|
|Controversies||• Nepotism (Parchi) Outlook India Today
Allegations were put up against Imam-ul-Haq when he was selected for the series against Sri Lanka in 2017 that his uncle Inzamam-ul-Haq favoured him and used the derogatory term Parchi for him. Inzamam responded to the allegations by saying that he was approached by head coach Mickey Arthur and coach Grant Flower to select him for the team based on his stellar performances in domestic cricket. He said, "When he was first picked up for the international team not many know this, that it was Grant Flower who first came up to me to say he had been watching Imam score runs in domestic cricket. Then, head coach Mickey Arthur took up his case with the selection committee. His selection for me and him has been very critical for each other. But I want to remind people who had been making this an issue that when I wasn't the part of PCB in any capacity in 2012, he was selected in Pakistan's Under-19 squad. In 2014, he was named vice-captain for the Under-19 World Cup and this formed a pathway to international cricket."
Imam was disheartened by the allegations and stopped speaking to family and friends. He limited himself to his room and used to cry in shower. He said, "When all of this started happening, I would have my meals all alone. It was my first tour and you know how it can get on the first tour. And whenever I would open my phone, there were people tagging me on social media posts or sending me stuff. I was very disheartened and couldn’t understand anything. I stopped talking to my family because I didn't want to put them under any pressure that I'm facing problems. I switched off and handed both my mobile phones to my manager, and said, ‘I can't take this, please take them off me. I remember crying in the shower for hours that I haven’t even played yet. It’s very easy for young players to get surrounded by self-doubt. The only thing running constantly in my mind was that I haven’t even played yet, what if I play and don’t perform well? Then my career will be over. I wouldn’t step a foot out of my room, fearing people might trouble me outside, because there is a large Pakistan community in Dubai."
• Affairs With Multiple Women The Siasat Daily
A controversy erupted in 2019 when a Twitter user posted screenshots of Imam's conversations with several women. He was labelled a creep and a predator. He regretted his actions and apologised to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). PCB's Managing Director Wasim Khan said that Imam admitted his mistake and expressed remorse over his actions. He said, "Imam was remorseful and has apologised for what all has happened and admitted his mistake. He said the matter got out of hand due to a misunderstanding. But we told him in clear terms that, although this is his personal and private matter, we expect our players to adhere to the highest standards of ethics and discipline. We don't like to comment on the personal affairs of a player but we expect that our centrally contracted players will also show more responsibility being ambassadors of Pakistan cricket and Pakistan. Hopefully we will not see such incidents again."
|Relationships & More|
|Siblings||He has a brother named Ahtamad-ul-Haq.
|Other Relatives||• Inzamam-ul-Haq (Cricketer) (Uncle)
• Ibtasam-ul-Haq (Cousin) (Cricketer)
• Amna (Niece)
|Cricketer||Batsman- AB de Villiers
Bowler- James Anderson
|Pakistani Cricketer||Younus Khan|
|Food||Biryani, Spicy food, Sohan Halwa|
|Actor||Shah Rukh Khan|
|Salary (approx.)||C-level contract for the red ball (Test) and a B-level contract for white-ball formats (ODI and T20) in 2022 Pakistan Cricket Board|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Imam-ul-Haq
- Imam-ul-Haq is a Pakistani cricketer who scored a century on his ODI debut. He is one of the few cricketers who has made centuries in both innings of a test match. He is the nephew of Pakistani cricket legend Inzamam-ul-Haq.
- His family moved to Multan, Pakistan from present-day Hansi in Haryana, India during the Partition of India in 1947.
- He got interested in cricket after watching his uncle Inzamam play cricket. He did not want to become a professional cricketer; however, his school had a good sports culture, and his coach Saud Khan noticed his talent and encouraged him to become a cricketer.
- In the final of the 2016-17 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, he scored 200 runs not out for Habib Bank Limited.
- In the final of the 2017 National T20 Cup, he scored 59 runs not out to help his team Lahore Region Blues win the tournament. He was awarded Man of the Match for his stellar performance.
- In his debut test match against Ireland, he scored 74 runs not out in the second innings to help Pakistan win the match.
- He scored 76 runs in the first innings of his first test against Australia.
- He scored 57 runs in the second innings of his first test against England.
- In a test match against Australia in 2022, he scored 157 runs in the first innings and 111 runs not out in the second innings. He put up a partnership of 252 runs with Abdullah Shafique for the first wicket, which became Pakistan’s highest partnership against Australia for any wicket. He won the Man of the Match award for his performance.
- He scored 100 runs in his debut ODI match against Sri Lanka and became the second Pakistani batsman to achieve this feat.
- He scored 113 runs in the ODI match against Zimbabwe on 20 July 2018 and put up a partnership of 304 runs with Fakhar Zaman for the first wicket, which is the highest Pakistani partnership for any wicket.
- He put up a partnership of 154 runs with Babar Azam against Afghanistan on 21 September 2018, which became the highest Pakistani partnership against Afghanistan for the 2nd wicket in ODIs.
- He put up a partnership of 125 runs with Asif Ali against England on 14 May 2019, which became the highest Pakistani partnership against England for the 5th wicket.
- In the 3-ODI match series against West Indies in June 2022, he won the Player of the Series award by scoring 199 runs. He scored 298 runs in the 3-ODI match series against Australia, which became the record of maximum runs against Australia in a 3-match series.
- In June 2022, he rose to number 2 in the ICC ODI rankings.
Pakistan’s left-handed opener Imam-ul-Haq got the reward of his sublime run in the ODI cricket as he surpassed India’s top-batter Virat Kohli in the latest ICC ODI Batting Rankings to claim his career-best second rank.
— ARY NEWS (@ARYNEWSOFFICIAL) June 15, 2022
- He played for Somerset in England’s County Championship in 2022.
— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) August 31, 2022
- PCB Executive Chef Kazim Hussain revealed during an interview that Imam is very strict about his diet and likes to have fruit and yoghurt during lunch.
- During a physical fitness test for selection to the Pakistan team, he did 61 pushups in one minute. YouTube – Pakistan Cricket
- He is managed by Agent Haq Management and Lifestyle agency.
- He injured the fifth finger of his hand while fielding in a test match against Australia and underwent surgery in Dubai. He posted an update about his surgery on Twitter and recovered from the injury in three weeks.
Alhamdulliah my surgery went good have to rest for 3 weeks now and Thankyou for all the msgs and love really appreciate and please pray for my quick recovery 🇵🇰🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/53ZAq9Uyry
— Imam Ul Haq (@ImamUlHaq12) October 13, 2018
- He was hit on the left elbow by England pacer Mark Wood with a 143 kph delivery in a test match in 2019. He fell to the ground and was taken to a hospital for X-ray tests. The medical tests did not reveal any serious injury, and he returned to batting later in the innings.
Imam injury update
Imam taken to hospital for precautionary Xray. Further update will be provided later.#ENGvPAK
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) May 17, 2019
- He collided with the boundary boards while fielding for his team Balochistan in a match against Southern Punjab in the National T20 Cup 2021. He fell on the ground, was treated by the physiotherapist, and later carried off the field on a stretcher. He was taken to a hospital for medical tests which did not reveal any major injury. Geo TV
Update – Captain of Balochistan Imam-Ul-Haq has been taken on stretcher after colliding with the boundary boards. Let's hope injury is not serious and Imam recovers quickly. #NationalT20Cup pic.twitter.com/kyBFIk0M0S
— Arfa Feroz Zake (@ArfaSays_) October 1, 2021
- He likes to drive cars and participates in car races.