Shabnin Ismail was selected in the international arena when she was 18 years old in 2007. During her ODI career so far, she has made useful dismissals for her team. While playing against the Netherlands in 2007, she made an impression in the 2nd innings by taking 2 wickets for 5 runs. Although her career has a promising start, the selectors would like to watch her performance when she plays against a strong team. In order to retain her place, it is essential for her to improve her batting, the reason being that the current generation of South Africa Women are multi-skilled cricketers.
Shabnin Ismail debuted in ODIs against Pakistan Women at Pretoria (Laudium Oval) on 20th January 2007. In this match, she was made the No. 10 batsman, but did not get an opportunity to bat. She bowled 10 overs, out of which 1 was maiden, conceded 38 runs and claimed 2 wickets. South Africa Women won this match by 98 runs.
In the 11 ODIs played so far, Shabnin Ismail has bowled 528 deliveries, has conceded 304 runs and has picked up 9 wickets. Her economy rate was 3.45, bowling average was 33.77 and bowling strike rate was 58.6. She has scored just 12 runs in these matches with a batting strike rate of 28.57.