League Honours (Tier 1 only)
Qazi announced himself to the world with a remarkable string of big scores in the Eagles' championship-winning season 30. He smashed a scarcely believable six centuries in four matches from rounds five to eight and a seventh in the final round, against Willows Wannabes, to put the title beyond doubt. His 1,741 runs at 72 for the season is comfortably a club record, and his efforts made him the first specialist batsman ever, and the only one to date, to win the Eagles' best and fairest award.
That one season alone would have justified his hefty price-tag when the Eagles nabbed him from Lahore Warrior's six seasons earlier. Remarkably, it was not his batting specifically that attracted attention from scouts, but his all-round capacity; he was and remains a dynamic fielder and a useful partnership-breaking bowler. That said, he made an immediate impact with the bat in the 2nd XI, scoring a matchwinning hundred in just his second game, which broke H.N. Prowting's record as the youngest player in club history to score a hundred across all formats. He soon developed a reputation for being more consistent than spectacular, averaging around the 40 mark in each of his five seasons in the 2nd XI. His second century, 134 off 97 balls against Northcote CC, was the first sign he was capable of sustaining his attacking style of play for long periods - which he would later prove many times over.
Qazi made his debut midway through season 28, at the age of 21. In total he played three matches for the season, scored two fifties, but most importantly looked comfortable at the top level, which was a factor in him earning a regular place the following season, as older players made way. Qazi played every game in season 29 and scored three hundreds, before his onslaught in season 30 that caught the competition by surprise. His memorable knocks in that purple patch included a career-best 262 against Willows Wannabes, in which he scored more than a hundred runs in the final session of day 2, and an even more remarkable century off 70 balls the following week when he made mincemeat of a steep target set by the Billy Goats, bringing the house down with a six to bring up triple figures and win the game in a single blow.
Following his astonishing championship season, the then 23-year-old was tipped to become the leading player in the Eagles' lineup, and possibly one of the best batsmen in CC history. However, his performances gradually dropped off from there. Two middling seasons where he averaged in the thirties were followed by one in which he failed to make a century in tier 2 and was dropped for the first time since his debut season. He was in and out of the side from there and after two more seasons with averages under 30, he was finally placed up for transfer late in season 35, and sold to the Deep Sea Lightning. He has proven a shrewd signing at the lower level and averages close to 50 for his new club.
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Competition||Date|
|16*||The Giants of Surrey||v YinG aNd YanG CC||One day (50 over)||16 February 2020|
|90*||The Giants of Surrey||v Grains CC||One day (50 over)||09 February 2020|
|66, 1c||The Giants of Surrey||v Mumbai Mavericks||First class||04 February 2020|
|19||The Giants of Surrey||v Slothville||One day (50 over)||02 February 2020|
|165, 3c||The Giants of Surrey||v Evans||First class||28 January 2020|
|32||The Giants of Surrey||v Dreamers Nepal||One day (50 over)||26 January 2020|
|84*, 2c||The Giants of Surrey||v Berea CC||First class||21 January 2020|
|28||The Giants of Surrey||v B3 Academy CC||One day (50 over)||19 January 2020|
|17||The Giants of Surrey||v Diamond League CC||First class||07 January 2020|
|51*||The Giants of Surrey||v Speed Demons||Friendly (50 over)||04 January 2020|