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Asghar Afghan, born Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai (Pashto: محمد اصغر ستانکزی‎), and also known as Asghar Salamkhail (اصغر سلامخېل), is an Afghan cricketer and the former captain of the Afghanistan national cricket team. Afghan is a right-handed batsman and a medium-fast bowler. In May 2018, he was named as the captain of Afghanistan, for their inaugural Test match, played against India.[1][2] He made his Test debut for Afghanistan, against India, on 14 June 2018.[3] In April 2019, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) dropped him as captain of the Afghanistan team across all three formats. [4][5]

Asghar Afghan
اصغر افغان
Personal information
Full nameMohammad Asghar Afghan
Born (1987-02-22) 22 February 1987 (age 32)
Kabul, Afghanistan
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium-fast
RoleMiddle order batsman
RelationsKarim Janat (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 2)14 June 2018 v India
Last Test15 March 2019 v Ireland
ODI debut (cap 1)19 April 2009 v Scotland
Last ODI4 July 2019 v West Indies
ODI shirt no.44
T20I debut (cap 1)1 February 2010 v Ireland
Last T20I24 February 2019 v Ireland
T20I shirt no.44
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2017Amo Region
2017Kabul Eagles
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 2 102 59 25
Runs scored 103 2,078 1,056 1,524
Batting average 34.33 23.88 21.55 43.54
100s/50s 0/1 1/11 0/3 4/5
Top score 67 101 62 145
Balls bowled 12 139 4 87
Wickets 0 3 1 0
Bowling average 30.33 4.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/1 1/4
Catches/stumpings 0/– 24/– 17/– 15/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 4 July 2019

On 2 August 2018, he changed his last name from Stanikzai to Afghan.[6][7]

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Early careerEdit

Afghan made his representative international debut for Afghanistan U-17s in the 2004 ACC Under-17 competition, where he played his debut match against the United Arab Emirates Under-17s.[8] Afghans's debut match for the senior squad came against Oman[9] in the 2004 ACC Trophy, as well as the 2006 ACC Trophy and the 2007 ACC Twenty20 Cup.

Afghan was a member of the Afghanistan side, that from 2008 to 2009 won the World Cricket League Division Five, Division Four and Division Three, earning them promotion to Division Two and allowing them to take part in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier where they gained One Day International status.

In the World Cup Qualifier, Afghan made his List-A debut for Afghanistan against Bermuda[10] and later in the tournament he made his One Day International debut against Scotland.[11] His first-class debut came in Intercontinental Cup against a Zimbabwe XI in which Afghanistan drew the match. To date, Afghan has played in 4 first-class matches for Afghanistan.[12] Later, in November 2009 he was a member of Afghanistan's 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup winning squad.

Rising careerEdit

Afghan made his Twenty20 International debut against Ireland in the 2010 Quadrangular Twenty20 Series in Sri Lanka.[13] Later on in February 2010, Afghan played a single match in Afghanistan's victorious 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, playing in the final against Ireland.[14] Afghan was later named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.[15]

In April 2010, Afghan was a key member of Afghanistan's 2010 ACC Trophy Elite winning squad which defeated Nepal in the final. Afghan ended the tournament as the third leading run scorer with 253 runs, including a score of 151 runs from 83 balls against Bhutan.[16]

On March 1, 2014, Afghan's 90* helped Afghanistan them to register their win over Bangladesh which was their first win against test playing nations. He and Samiullah Shenwari put on a 164 runs partnership for the sixth wicket which is the fifth highest Partnership for the sixth wicket in the history of ODIs and the third highest ODI Partnership for Afghanistan.

In February 2018, he had his appendix removed, therefore missing the start of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.[17]

In September 2018, he was named in Kandahar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[18] He was the leading run-scorer for the Kandahar Knights in the tournament, with 264 runs in eight matches.[19]

In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[20][21] The following month, in the ODI series against Scotland, he became the second cricketer for Afghanistan to play in 100 ODI matches.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Afghanistan Squads for T20I Bangladesh Series and on-eoff India Test Announced". Afghanistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Afghanistan pick four spinners for inaugural Test". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Only Test, Afghanistan tour of India at Bengaluru, Jun 14-18 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Asghar Afghan removed as Afghanistan announce split captaincy". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Rahmat, Rashid given leadership roles in Afghanistan revamp". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Captain Asghar changes surname to Afghan". Afghanistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai changes his name to Asghar Afghan". Sport360. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  8. ^ Afghanistan Under-17s v United Arab Emirates Under-17s (2004)
  9. ^ Afghanistan v Oman (2004)
  10. ^ Afghanistan v Bermuda (2009)
  11. ^ Afghanistan v Scotland (2009)
  12. ^ Zimbabwe XI v Afghanistan (2009)
  13. ^ Afghanistan v Ireland (2010)
  14. ^ Afghanistan v Ireland (2010)
  15. ^ ICC World Twenty20 Afghanistan squad
  16. ^ Afghanistan v Bhutan (2010)
  17. ^ "Asghar Afghan to miss start of CWCQ campaign". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League, 2018/19 - Kandahar Knights: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Hamid Hassan picked in Afghanistan's World Cup squad; Naib to captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  21. ^ "Asghar Afghan included in Gulbadin Naib-led World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  22. ^ "Afghanistan regroup under new leadership with eye on World Cup". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 10 May 2019.

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