A right-arm off break bowler, Saqlain played 49 Test matches and 169 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for Pakistan between 1995 and 2004. He took 208 Test and 288 ODI wickets. He also scored a Test match century, against New Zealand, in March 2001. Saqlain was the fastest in the history of ODI to reach 100 wickets before Mitchell Starc broke his record in 2016 . He is also the youngest bowler to take 100 wickets and 200 wickets in ODI cricket.