Opening batsman Shan Masood got his name into record books when he became the first Pakistani to score two back-to-back double centuries in the county championship.

The 32-year-old Shan 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.

The last time any Asian was able to score back-to-back double centuries in the county championship was before partition when Nawab Iftikharuddin scored 231 and 224 in 1933 for Worcestershire.

Shan was overlooked for Test matches against Australia. However, he has proved to be in the best form by amassing overall 611 runs in just four innings he has played in the county championship this season.

Shan is the second Pakistani to score two double centuries in first-class cricket after Arshad Parvez, who had scored 243 (vs Balochistan) and 236 (vs MCB) in BCCP Patron’s Trophy in 1978.


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