Cricketers Whose Career Ended Prematurely In Their 20s

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Aaqib Javed- Pakistan

Cricketers Whose Career Ended Prematurely In Their 20s
Aaqib Javed [Photo-AP]

The youngest bowler [19] to take a hat-trick in One-day International cricket when he racked up the likes of Mohammad Azharuddin, Ravi Shastri, and Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, en-route to his career-best figures of 7-37, during the 1991 Wills Trophy final, Aaqib Javed had it all going for himself in his teenage years.

Everyone talks about the impact of Wasim Akram in Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup triumphs. But one shouldn’t forget Javed’s contribution, who beautifully spearheaded the Pakistani attack alongside Akram in the absence of the injured Waqar Younis.

Aaqib Javed finished with 11 wickets in 10 games at an economy rate of 3.86. However, the hara-kiri that ensued in Pakistan cricket in the mid-90s due to match-fixing- where Aaqib was one of the few cricketers who came out clean- and his own dwindling form meant that Javed played his last game for the country at the age of 26.

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