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Syed Ashar Ahmed Zaidi (Urdu: سید اشعر احمد زیدی‎; born 13 July 1981) is a Pakistani first-class cricketer. Zaidi is a left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spin bowler who is considered an all-rounder. He was awarded the player of the tournament award in the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League. He has played first-class cricket for Islamabad in Pakistan and for Sussex in England and has represented the Pakistan A cricket team at international level. He holds a British passport and as a result can play as a Kolpak registered player in England.[1]

Ashar Zaidi
Personal information
Full nameSyed Ashar Ahmed Zaidi
Born (1981-07-13) 13 July 1981 (age 38)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
Domestic team information
1999–2010Islamabad Cricket Association
2015–2016Comilla Victorians
2016Islamabad United
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 112 108 67
Runs scored 6,015 2,968 1,065
Batting average 36.23 33.34 24.76
100s/50s 12/29 4/14 0/4
Top score 202 141 59*
Balls bowled 6,023 3,451 870
Wickets 94 77 40
Bowling average 29.81 32.97 26.37
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a n/a
Best bowling 4/50 4/39 4/11
Catches/stumpings 84/– 37/– 17/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 23 August 2018


First-class cricket careerEdit

Zaidi began his career playing for Islamabad Cricket Association in Pakistan. He appeared 88 times for the team between 1999 and 2010 and made appearances for other teams in Pakistan during this period.[1] During the period between 2010 and 2013 he played club cricket in England for Accrington Cricket Club as well as appearing for Gazi Tank in the Dhaka Premier League in Bangladesh.[1]

Zaidi joined Sussex County Cricket Club on non-contract terms towards the end of the 2013 season making two first-class appearances. Following the season he signed a two-year contract with the club.[1] During a County Championship match in September 2015, Zaidi was abused by English bowler Craig Overton whilst he was batting. Overton received a two match ban as a result of the incident. Zaidi later called on Overton to apologise for the abuse.[2][3][4][5]

After making 19 first-class appearances for the county he was released by Sussex at the end of the 2015 season before signing a one-year contract with Essex in January 2016.[6][7][8][9]

Bangladesh Premier LeagueEdit

Zaidi was selected by Comilla Victorians in the draft for the 2015 Bangladesh Premier League. He won the player of the tournament award, taking 17 wickets and scoring 215 runs as Comilla won the tournament.[9][10] Zaidi's simple approach to both batting and bowling during the tournament was noted,[11] although his performance was generally considered a surprise given his lack of Twenty20 experience prior to the tournament.[10][11]


  1. ^ a b c d Ashar Zaidi: Sussex sign all-rounder on two-year deal, BBC Sport, 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  2. ^ ECB denies double standards after Pakistan player told ‘get back to own country’, The Guardian, 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  3. ^ Ashar Zaidi: Somerset’s Craig Overton must apologise for ‘racist behaviour’, The Guardian, 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  4. ^ Ashar Zaidi calls for crackdown on racist rants after Craig Overton ban, Daily Telegraph, 2015-12-13. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  5. ^ Craig Overton: Ashar Zaidi wants apology for alleged slur, BBC Sport, 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  6. ^ Sussex: Chris Liddle, Steffan Piolet and Ashar Zaidi leave, BBC Sport, 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  7. ^ Trio released as Sussex begin rebuilding job, The Argus, 2015-10-06. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  8. ^ Zaidi leaves Sussex to join Essex, Cricinfo, 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  9. ^ a b Ashar Zaidi: Essex sign former Sussex all-rounder, BBC Sport, 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  10. ^ a b A season to remember for professional Comilla, Cricinfo, 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  11. ^ a b Comilla reap rewards from Zaidi's simple approach, Cricinfo, 2015-12-12. Retrieved 2016-01-25.

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