Mohammad Shahzad is one of the 15 players who have been named in the Afghanistan squad to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Mohammad Shahzad, who made his one-day international debut on 30-Aug-09, had played 79 ODI matches until the 2019 World Cup. In the 79 innings he batted in, he had scored a total of 2562 runs, having faced 2898 balls, at an average of 33.71 and a strike rate of 88.41. He was unbeaten in 3 of those innings. His highest score in an innings was 131*. He had 5 centuries and 13 half-centuries to his name.
Mohammad Shahzad Mohammadi is a right-handed opening batsmen who plays primarily as a wicket-keeper for Afghanistan in international cricket.
He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Afghanistan's first ever Test match, against India, in June 2018. Mohammad Shahzad also has a unique record of scoring a ODI century when Afghanistan's total was just 131 against India in Asia Cup 2018, thus equalling Pakistan's Shahid Afridi's record.
Shahzad's family was originally from Nangrahar Province in Afghanistan, but they moved to a refugee camp in Peshawar, Pakistan. Shahzad spent most of his early life in Peshawar and was married in Peshawar. He was still living in Peshawar as a temporary resident in 2018, prompting the Afghanistan Cricket Board to request he relocate to Afghanistan.
Shahzad was not part of Afghanistan's squad when they began to rise through international cricket tournaments in 2008, joining for the 2009 Cricket World Cup Qualifier in South Africa. His strong performances in the tournament helped Afghanistan obtain One Day International status and he has been a regular part of their national team in all three formats of the game since then.
Shahzad played in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifiers, where Afghanistan gained ODI status after a win over Namibia in which Shahzad scored a decisive 73 runs.
Shahzad made his ODI debut during Afghanistan's tour to the Netherlands on 30 August 2009. In the second match of the series he made Afghan cricketing history by becoming the first Afghan to score a century in a One Day International match, scoring 110 runs as Afghanistan won the match by 6 wickets.
In February 2010, Shahzad made his Twenty20 International debut against Ireland as part of a tri-series in the lead-up to the 2010 World Twenty20 Qualifier. Shahzad was then a key member of Afghanistan's squad for the World Twenty20 Qualifier, as he scored 65 in Afghanistan's successful run chase in the tournament final against Ireland. He was later named in Afghanistan's squad for the World Twenty20.
In the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, Shahzad scored three half-centuries, including one in the tournament final against Ireland. Afghanistan lost the match but qualified for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 regardless.
Shahzad played two explosive innings in the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, making scores of 74 against the United Arab Emirates and 75 against Scotland. In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
In September 2016, Shahzad was signed by the Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Shahzad was Rangpur's leading run-scorer for the season with 350 runs from 11 matches and a strike-rate of 110. In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Chittagong Vikings team.
In September 2018, he was named in Paktia's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament. He was the leading run-scorer in the tournament, with 344 runs in nine matches at a strike-rate of 174.61. Shahzad entered the Indian Premier League's player auction in 2017 but didn't receive any bids.