Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman has earned a special status within the national army. Pakistan Navy revealed that they have conferred Fakhar Zaman with honorary lieutenant’s rank for his achievements within cricket and association with the Navy. Fakhar Zaman made his international debut in March 2017 and has featured in over 50 matches across formats.
Fakhar Zaman shot into prominence when he scored a match-winning century in the 2017 Champions Trophy final against India at the Oval. The southpaw’s received a reprieve earlier on during that knock and he hurt India’s chances of winning the tournament. Pakistan, who made 338 in their first innings, bowled out their arch-rivals for 158 and earned a famous victory, clinching the Champions Trophy for the first time.
The 30-year old became the first Pakistan batsman to score a double century in One-day international cricket and stitched a record opening partnership of 304 runs in 2018. The southpaw made a world record by amassing 512 runs in a five-match ODI series and became the fastest batsman to score 1000 runs in the format. Zaman accomplished the feat in 18 innings.
Fakhar Zaman began playing cricket while serving the army:
Fakhar Zaman came into the fore of professional cricket back in 2012 via the International Defence Cricket Challenge Cup 2012 held in Australia and earned the award for the best player of the competition. Bearing in mind his skills, Pakistan Navy allowed him to pursue a career in cricket and join the national team.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, who conferred him with the honorary lieutenant’s rank, congratulated Fakhar Zaman for his achievements in cricket. Several Pakistan Cricket Board dignitaries, former cricketers and the 30-year old’s family members also attended the ceremony.