Imam-ul-Haq is a left-hand Pakistani batsman who has played in many matches for them. He has scored more than 2000 runs for Pakistan. He is the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq. He scored a hundred on his ODI debut. He has scored centuries in both innings of a test match.
Imam-ul-Haq was born on 12 December 1995 (aged 26 years; as of 2022) in Multan, Pakistan. He studied at Beaconhouse School System, Multan. His main focus was on his studies and he did not aspire to become a sportsman in his childhood. His school had a good culture of sports, and he started playing cricket. The school coach Saud Khan noticed his talent and told him that he can play for Pakistan. Imam-ul-Haq used to watch his uncle Inzamam-ul-Haq which generated his interest in the game. After completing his schooling in Multan, he moved to Lahore to pursue higher education. He completed I.Com (Intermediate of Commerce) from Punjab College Lahore. He has played for the Pakistan Under-19 team, Pakistan Under-23 team, Balochistan, Habib Bank Limited, Lahore Region Blues, and Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan Super League. He scored 200 runs not out for Habib Bank Limited in the final match of the 2016-17 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy and 59 runs not out in the final match of the 2017 National T20 Cup, and his team Lahore Blues became the winners of the tournament. He was awarded the Man of the Match award for his stellar performance. He was given Central Contract by Pakistan Cricket Board in 2018. He played for Somerset in County Championship 2022 in England.
— Cricket Pakistan (@cricketpakcompk) August 31, 2022
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
His family migrated from present-day Hansi in Haryana, India to Multan, Pakistan during the India-Pakistan partition in 1947.
Parents & Siblings
His father is Insaram-ul-Haq, the brother of Pakistani Cricket Legend Inzamam-ul-Haq and his mother is Farah-ul-Haq. His brother is Ahtamad-ul-Haq. He has a niece named Amna. He also has a cousin Ibtasam-ul-Haq who plays for Mirpur Royals in Kashmir Premier League.
Wife & Children
He is unmarried and has no children.
He was rumored to be in a relationship with multiple girls.
He is a Muslim.
He played his debut test match on 11 May 2018 against Ireland at Malahide Cricket Club Ground, Dublin, Ireland.
He played his debut ODI match on 18 October 2017 against Sri Lanka at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
He played his debut T20 match on 5 May 2019 against England at Cardiff Wales Stadium, Wales, England.
He has played against Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. He scored 74 runs not out in the second innings of the match to drive Pakistan to a win. In his debut match against Australia, he scored 76 runs in the first innings. In his debut match against England, he scored 57 runs in the second innings. In 2022, in a match against Australia, he scored 157 runs in the first innings and 111 runs not out in the second innings. During the second innings of that match, he made a partnership of 252 runs with Abdullah Shafique for the first wicket, which is Pakistan’s highest partnership against Australia for any wicket. His outstanding performance in that match earned him his only Man of the Match award in his test career.
He has played against 12 countries which include India, England, Australia, England, and Zimbabwe. He scored 100 runs on his debut and became the second Pakistani batsman to achieve this feat. He won the Man of the Match award for his performance.
On 20 July 2018, he scored 113 runs in a match against Zimbabwe and made a partnership of 304 runs for the first wicket, which is the highest partnership of Pakistan for any wicket. In the same series, he scored 128 runs in a match against Zimbabwe and Pakistan bowled Zimbabwe all out at a score of 107 runs. He was given the Man of the Match award. On 21 September 2018, he made a partnership of 154 runs with Babar Azam against Afghanistan, which is the highest partnership of Pakistan against Afghanistan for the 2nd wicket. On 14 May 2019, in a match against England, he made a partnership of 125 runs with Asif Ali, which is the highest partnership of Pakistan against England for the 5th wicket. In June 2022, he scored 199 runs in the 3-match series against West Indies and won the Player of the Series award.
He became no.2 batsman in the ICC ODI rankings in June 2022.
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 has played against England in his only 2 T20 matches.
Injury Against Australia
In 2018, he was playing in a test match against Australia and suffered an injury while fielding. His finger got fractured, and he had to undergo surgery in Dubai. Pakistani Cricket Board spokesperson said to the media,
” Imam has fractured the fifth finger of his left hand while fielding and has been ruled out of the second Test starting in Abu Dhabi from October 16″
After his surgery, he posted on Twitter,
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
Injury Against England
In 2019, he was batting against England when a ball from pacer Mark Wood hit him on the left elbow. The speed of the ball was 143 kph and he fell to the ground and was taken to the hospital for conducting an X-Ray. The tests did not show any serious injury and showed swelling only. He returned to batting later in the innings. Pakistan Cricket Board tweeted,
Imam injury update
Imam ul Haq taken to hospital for Xray. All xrays are clear. Swelling on his left arm only.#ENGvPAK
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) May 17, 2019
Injury in National T20 Cup
While playing in National T20 Cup 2021 in a match for his team Balochistan against Southern Punjab, he collided with the boundary boards while fielding. He was treated by the team physiotherapist and had to be carried away out of the field on a stretcher. Later, he underwent an X-Ray in the hospital and was cleared of any serious injury.
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
In 2017, he was selected for the Pakistan national team for the series against Sri Lanka. Many cricket fans have accused his Uncle, Inzamam-ul-Haq of favoring nepotism and called Imam, a product of Nepotism and many fans used the derogatory team ‘Parchi’ for him. He played well and scored 100 on his debut, showcasing his ability. Inzamam said that he was approached by coach Grant Flower and head coach Mickey Arthur to pick him for the squad. Inzamam said in an interview,
“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 demoralized by these allegations and he stopped talking to his family and friends, and would not step out of his room. He said in an interview,
“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
In 2019, a Twitter user posted screenshots of his Whatsapp conversations, accusing him of having affairs with multiple women at one time. The screenshots were posted on Twitter, portraying him as a predator and a creep. Many fans came to his support and many fans resented his behavior. He apologized to the Pakistan Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board’s Managing Director Wasim Khan 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.”
He was given a C-level contract for the red ball
- Food: Biryani, Spicy food
- Pakistani Batsman: Younus Khan
- His favorite food is Sohan Halwa and he eats only fruits and yogurt during lunch.
- He did 61 pushups in one minute during one of the physical tests for selection to the Pakistan national team.
- He is the second batsman (with 7 half-centuries) to score the most consecutive half-centuries in ODI cricket.
- He is the first player to score 4 hundreds in the first 9 matches in ODI cricket.
- He is the tenth Pakistani Batsman to score a century in both innings of a test match.
- He is represented by Agent Haq Management and Lifestyle agency.