Shahbaz Ahmed is a professional Indian cricketer who plays for Bengal in domestic cricket matches. He represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Shahbaz Ahmed was born on Monday, 12 December 1994 (age 26 years; as in 2020) in Mewat District in Haryana. He grew up playing cricket in Mewat. Owing to fewer opportunities in Mewat (the most backward district in Haryana as per a NITI Aayog report of 2018), he went to Palwal to pursue a professional career in cricket. He played several cricket matches for Gurgaon (Gurugram) district but could not get a place in the Haryana Cricket team. In 2015, he shifted to Bengal, seeking better cricketing opportunities.
Shahbaz played for Taman Memorial Club in Bengal for a few years before breaking into Bengal Ranji Trophy in 2018. On 14 December 2018, Shahbaz Ahmed made his first-class cricket debut representing Bengal in a Ranji Trophy match against Hyderabad, at Hyderabad cricket ground. He won several crucial matches for Bangalore by his performances.
He witnessed a rapid rise in his career after making a debut in domestic cricket. The next year, 2019, he was selected to play for India A in Deodhar Trophy 2019.
Owing to his noted performances in domestic cricket matches, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him for 20 lakh INR in the auction for the IPL 2020.
Cricketer: MS Dhoni
All-rounder: Ravindra Jadeja
Cricket Ground: Eden Gardens