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Karim Khan Sadiq (Pashto: كريم خان صادق‎) (born 28 February 1984) is an Afghan cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman who occasionally fields as a wicket-keeper for the Afghan national team. He can also bowl off break, taking 4/27 against Denmark in their first match of 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier.

Karim Sadiq
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Personal information
Full nameKarim Khan Sadiq
Born (1984-02-28) 28 February 1984 (age 35)
Nangrahar Province, Afghanistan
BowlingRight-arm off break
RoleOpening batsman
Occasional wicket-keeper
RelationsHasti Gul (brother)
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 5)19 April 2009 v Scotland
Last ODI4 January 2016 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no.10
T20I debut (cap 4)12 February 2012 v Ireland
Last T20I17 March 2016 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no.10
Domestic team information
2011Afghan Cheetahs
2017Boost Region
2017Kabul Eagles
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 24 34 10 45
Runs scored 475 505 496 1,118
Batting average 23.75 14.85 28.66 28.66
100s/50s 2/0 0/1 0/2 2/5
Top score 114* 72 67 114*
Balls bowled 320 342 342 971
Wickets 6 14 2 25
Bowling average 33.50 34.42 87.50 27.24
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match n/a n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/10 3/17 1/31 4/27
Catches/stumpings 6/0 5/– 8/– 12/0
Source: Cricinfo, 4 January 2017
Karim Sadiq
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Afghanistan
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2010 Guangzhou Team


Early careerEdit

Saadiq is a part of the rapidly rising Afghan cricket team that in under a year has won the World Cricket League Division Five, Division Four and Division Three, thus promoting them to Division Two and allowing them to partake in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier's.

He was suspended for one match during the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier due to "inappropriate and intentional physical contact" in their defeat to the Netherlands.[1] During the tournament he performed well with the bat, top scoring with 92, and, surprisingly for a wicketkeeper, with the ball.

Quitting AfghanistanEdit

Shortly after Afghanistan achieved ODI status, Sadiq quit the national setup in protest at his brother, Hasti Gul being dropped for their ICC Intercontinental Cup match against Zimbabwe XI. Sadiq cited what he called "injustices" and "wrong policies", accusing national coach Kabir Khan of not acting in the best interest of the team.[2]


Sadiq's international retirement was short lived, as he made his first-class debut in January 2010 against Ireland, where he made scores of 19 and 1.

In February 2010, Sadiq made his Twenty20 International debut in the Sri Lanka Associates T20 Series against Ireland. Sadiq took 2/17 with the ball, despite this Afghanistan lost by 5 wickets. Later, Sadiq was a key member of Afghanistan's World Twenty20 Qualifier winning team. Sadiq was later named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.[3]

Sadiq was a key member of Afghanistan's 2010 ACC Trophy Elite winning squad, which defeated Nepal in the final by 95 runs. In final, Sadiq top scored for Afghanistan with 58 runs. In Afghanistan's first match of the tournament, he scored 130 runs from 92 balls against Bhutan in Afghanistan's 393 run win.

He later played for the newly formed Afghan Cheetahs team in the Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup 2011-12. Sadiq later featured in Afghanistan's first One Day International against a Full Member Test-playing nation when they played Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium in February 2012. Sadiq top scored in Afghanistan's innings with 40 runs, before becoming one of Shahid Afridi's five wickets. Pakistan won the encounter by 7 wickets.[4]

In September 2018, he was named in Kandahar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[5]


  1. ^ Karim Saadiq suspended for 1 match
  2. ^ Historical Five-fer – quitting in protest
  3. ^ ICC World Twenty20 Afghanistan squad
  4. ^ Sundar, Nitin (10 February 2012). "Afridi sets up victory against spirited Afghanistan". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 12 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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