Aarif Sheikh (Nepali: आरिफ शेख्) (born 5 October 1997) is a Nepalese cricketer, who was the vice-captain of the Nepal national under-19 cricket team, and currently plays for the senior team. All-rounder Aarif is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pace bowler. He made his debut for Nepal against Hong Kong in May 2014.
|Born||5 October 1997|
|ODI debut (cap 1)||1 August 2018 v Netherlands|
|Last ODI||28 January 2019 v UAE|
|T20I debut (cap 18)||29 July 2018 v Netherlands|
|Last T20I||10 October 2019 v Oman|
|Domestic team information|
|2015–2015||APF (National League)|
|2015–2015||GoldenGate (SPA Cup)|
|2014–2014||Birgunj (National League)|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 October 2019
He represents the APF Club of the National League and GoldenGate International College, which plays in the SPA Cup. He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Nepal's first ever One Day International (ODI) match, against the Netherlands, in August 2018.
His younger brother, Aasif Sheikh currently plays for the Nepal under-19 cricket team. Aarif has been known for guiding his younger brother as a mentor in their childhood. In the final of the 2016 Everest Premier League, Aasif scored 111* eventually helping his team Panchakanya Tej to win the title.
Aarif first represented Nepal Under-19s in the 2014 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup in December 2013. He scored 25 runs against Pakistan, 40 runs against India and 48 runs against UAE in the tournament.
Following his impressive performances in the national tournament, he was selected in the national squad for the 2014 ACC Premier League. Playing his debut match for Nepal, he picked up 2 wickets against Hong Kong where he also bowled the Hong Kong captain Jamie Atkinson. He also picked up 2 wickets in the match against Afghanistan.
He went India along with his teammate Karan KC in September 2014 for a 10-day training at Just Cricket Academy in Bangalore before participating in the 2014 ICC World Cricket League Division Three tournament.
He represented Nepal Under-19s in the 2014 ACC Under-19 Premier League, where he was the second leading run scorer. He scored 190 runs in 5 innings at an average of 38.00. He made List A debut in 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Two in Namibia in January 2015.
In July 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for their One Day International (ODI) series against the Netherlands. These were Nepal's first ODI matches since gaining ODI status during the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier. He made his Twenty20 debut for Nepal in the 2018 MCC Tri-Nation Series against the Marylebone Cricket Club on 29 July 2018. He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) on the same day, against the Netherlands. He made his ODI debut for Nepal against the Netherlands on 1 August 2018.
In August 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad for the 2018 Asia Cup Qualifier tournament. In October 2018, he was named in Nepal's squad in the Eastern sub-region group for the 2018–19 ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier tournament.
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