“Masood is the first Pakistani batter to score two consecutive double centuries in two innings in the county championship.”
Pakistan’s opening batter Shan Masood got his name into record books on Friday when he became the first-ever Pakistani to score two back-to-back double centuries in the county championship.
The 32-year-old batter is representing county Derbyshire. He played a knock of 219 off 268 deliveries against Leicestershire on Friday to score his second consecutive double-century. In the previous match, he had scored 239 against Sussex.
Masood is the first Pakistani batter to score two consecutive double centuries in two innings in the county championship. Masood made his first-class debut in 2007 playing for Hyderabad (Pakistan) against Karachi Whites. Shan made it to the international stage in 2013 after excellent performances at the domestic and junior level. With Pakistan struggling to find good openers during that period, Masood was given the opportunity to impress when he made his Test debut against South Africa in October 2013. In his very first innings he played a solid innings of 75 and helped Pakistan win the match convincingly.
However, after that he got just 3 more opportunities to play for his nation until July 2015. He was selected for Pakistan’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2015 and at Pallekele he scored his maiden Test century. In this innings he showed brilliant application and helped his nation to another victory by forming a 242-run stand with Younis Khan. After this performance he was given more opportunities but failed to capitalize on them. The main problem with him was his inability to convert starts into big scores.
He is the 2nd Pakistani batter to do so in first-class cricket after Arshad Parvez, who had scored 243 (vs Baluchistan) and 236 (vs MCB) in BCCP Patron’s Trophy in 1978. The last time any Asian batter was able to score back-to-back double centuries in the county championship was before partition, in 1933, when Nawab Iftikhar ud din scored 231 and 224 in 1933 for Worcestershire. Masood was overlooked for Test matches against Australia. However, he has proved to be in the best form of his life by amassing overall 611 runs in just four innings he has played in the county championship this season.