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Samiullah Shenwari (Pashto: سميع الله شينواري‎; born 31 December 1987) is an Afghan cricketer who represents Afghanistan in international level. He is a right-handed batsman and leg break bowler who normally act as a batting all-rounder in the team.

Samiullah Shenwari
Personal information
Full nameSamiullah Shenwari
Born (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 31)
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
BowlingLeg break
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 11)19 April 2009 v Scotland
Last ODI4 July 2019 v West Indies
T20I debut (cap 9)1 February 2010 v Ireland
Last T20I23 February 2019 v Ireland
Domestic team information
2011/12Afghan Cheetahs
2013Khulna Royal Bengals
2013/14Mohammedan Sporting Club
2017Boost Region
2017Speen Ghar Tigers
2017–presentRangpur Riders
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 77 55 17 112
Runs scored 1,692 848 524 2,357
Batting average 29.17 21.20 27.57 27.72
100s/50s 0/11 0/2 1/2 0/15
Top score 96 61 102 96
Balls bowled 1,985 622 1,862 3,190
Wickets 44 28 33 68
Bowling average 36.75 23.57 32.33 39.48
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/31 5/13 4/75 4/28
Catches/stumpings 21/– 15/– 13/– 33/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 4 July 2019



Domestic careerEdit

He played for the newly formed Afghan Cheetahs team in the Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup 2011-12. In the final group stage match of the 2018 Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament, he scored 192 not out, batting for Speen Ghar Region against Amo Region.[1] He finished the tournament as the leading run-scorer, with 398 runs in six matches.[2]

In September 2018, he was named in Paktia's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[3]

International careerEdit

Shenwari 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 where they gained One Day International (ODI) status.

Shenwari was run out just one run short of his highest score in ODIs. He had scored 82 against Kenya in Amstelveen in 2010. This was his fourth fifty in ODIs and his first against a Test nation.[4]

Asghar Stanikzai and Shenwari added 164 runs for the sixth wicket for Afghanistan which was the highest sixth-wicket partnership in the Asia Cup beating the 112 runs added by Alok Kapali and Mahmudullah against India at National Stadium, Karachi in 2008.[5]

The partnership was Afghanistan's highest for the sixth wicket in ODIs and their first century partnership for that wicket. Their previous highest partnership for the sixth wicket was 86 between Raees Ahmadzai and Shenwari against Scotland in Benoni in 2009. The partnership was also Afghanistan's third-highest partnership for any wicket and only their sixth hundred partnerships in ODIs.

In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Amo Outclassed by Sami's Carnage". Afghanistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament, 2018: Most runs". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ Bangladesh's first-encounter blues, Afghan's first
  5. ^ Stanikzai and Shenwari engineer expert escape
  6. ^ "Hamid Hassan picked in Afghanistan's World Cup squad; Naib to captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Asghar Afghan included in Gulbadin Naib-led World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 April 2019.

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