Bilal Shafayat

English cricketer

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Bilal Shafayat
Personal information
Full name
Bilal Mustapha Shafayat
Born (1984-07-10) 10 July 1984 (age 39)
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England
Nickname Billy[1]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Occasional wicket-keeper
Relations Rashid Shafayat (brother)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2000–2001 Nottinghamshire Cricket Board
2001–2004 Nottinghamshire
2004/05 National Bank of Pakistan
2005–2006 Northamptonshire
2007–2010 Nottinghamshire
2007/08–2008/09 Pakistan Customs
2010/11–2011/12 Habib Bank Limited
2012 Shropshire
2012 Hampshire
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 135 107 50
Runs scored 6,463 2,027 536
Batting average 29.92 38.12 15.76
100s/50s 10/35 1/7 0/0
Top score 161 104 101*
Balls bowled 956 790 126
Wickets 8 24 4
Bowling average 81.00 30.41 49.75
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/25 4/33 2/13
Catches/stumpings 118/8 40/5 15/1
Source: Cricinfo, 16 July 2012

Bilal Mustapha Shafayat (born 10 July 1984) is an English former first-class cricketer. He played as a middle-order batsman, bowler and wicket-keeper. Shafayat was a former captain of the England under-19 side.

Early life and family[edit]

Shafayat was born in Nottingham to parents of Pakistani ancestry.[2] He was educated at the Nottingham Bluecoat School,[1] but left after he found a place in cricket.[citation needed]


He started his career at Nottinghamshire but moved to Northamptonshire in 2005. One early highlight of his career was a catch made for England as a substitute fielder in a Test against New Zealand in 2004.[3] He returned to Nottinghamshire for the 2007 season.

He was the twelfth man in the 2009 Cardiff Test against Australia. He was the focus of a controversy when he came out twice during the final overs of the match as the last pair of England batsmen were trying to save the match. The Australian captain accused the England team of time-wasting.[4]

He was released by Nottinghamshire after the 2010 season.[5] He played domestic First Class cricket in Pakistan in 2010/2011.
He played second eleven cricket for Hampshire at the start of 2011 and averaged 239.5 in his two matches before returning to Northamptonshire on a match-by-match basis during the 2011 season,[6] playing for the Second XI and the first team in Twenty20 and List A matches during June and July 2011. He ended the season playing for Wellington in the Birmingham league.[7] In April 2012 he joined Shropshire.[8]
In May 2012 he was registered by Hampshire and went on to sign for them for 2013 season.[9]


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  2. ^ “Shafayat revives Nottinghamshire”. The Independent. 5 July 2001. Retrieved 23 June 2023.
  3. ^ “Full Scorecard New Zealand v England 3rd Test 2004”. ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  4. ^ “Ponting angered by England tactics”. ESPNCricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2022.
  5. ^ “Notts release Shafayat and Wood”. BBC News. 9 September 2010.
  6. ^ “Northants sign batsman Shafayat”. BBC News. 17 June 2011.
  7. ^ “League leaders held by Wellington”. BBC News. 8 August 2011.
  8. ^ “Shropshire’s chairman Toby Shaw predicts bright future”. BBC. 10 April 2012.
  9. ^ “Where are they now? Nottinghamshire – 2004 Division Two champions”. 12 October 2015.