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Shafiqullah Shafaq (Pashto: شفیق الله شفق‎; or Mohammad Shafiqullah) (born 7 August 1989) is an Afghan cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman who plays primarily as a wicketkeeper. He currently plays for the Afghanistan national cricket team.

شفیق الله
Personal information
Full nameMohammad Shafiqullah
Born (1989-08-07) 7 August 1989 (age 30)
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 16)1 September 2009 v Netherlands
Last ODI27 August 2018 v Ireland
ODI shirt no.28
T20I debut (cap 10)1 February 2010 v Ireland
Last T20I20 September 2019 v Zimbabwe
T20I shirt no.28
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I LA T20
Matches 16 30 24 39
Runs scored 256 360 348 378
Batting average 19.69 18.94 16.57 17.18
100s/50s 0/1 0/1 0/1 0/1
Top score 56 51* 56 51*
Catches/stumpings 6/1 11/– 7/2 15/–
Source: Cricinfo, 20 September 2019

His debut for Afghanistan came against Saudi Arabia in the 2006 Asian Cricket Council Middle East Cup. His next appearance for the team came in 2008 when Afghanistan played Malaysia as part of the 2008 ACC Trophy Elite, during which he played 5 further matches for Afghanistan during the tournament.[1] Later, he continued to be a part of the rapidly rising Afghanistan cricket team that in under a year, from 2008–2009, won World Cricket League Division Five, Division Four and Division Three, thus promoting them to Division Two and allowing them to take part in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier where they qualified for One Day International status and first-class status.

It was during the World Cup Qualifier that he made his List-A debut for Afghanistan against Denmark.[2] He represented Afghanistan in 5 List-A matches during the trounament.

His One Day International debut came in 2009 when Afghanistan played the Netherlands during their 2009 tour of the Netherlands. His second ODI to date came against Canada in February 2010.[3]

Later in November 2009, he represented Afghanistan in the 2009 ACC Twenty20 Cup, during which he played 5 matches against the national teams China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. He played in the final of that tournament, which came against the United Arab Emirates and ended up with Afghanistan winning by 8 wickets.[4]

His Twenty20 International debut came against Ireland during the 2010 Quadrangular Twenty20 Series in Sri Lanka in February 2010. He was later selected as part of the Afghanistan squad for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, where he played 3 Twenty20 Internationals against Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.[5] Afghanistan won this tournament and therefore qualified for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.[6]

Selected as part of Afghanistan's ICC World Twenty20, he did not feature in either of the teams matches against India and South Africa.

He made his first-class debut for Speen Ghar Region in the 2017–18 Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament on 13 November 2017.[7] In April 2018, during a match in the 2018 Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament at Asadabad, he scored the fastest double century in first-class cricket. He scored 200 not out from 89 balls, and also scored the most sixes in a first-class match, with 24.[8]

In July 2018, he was the leading run-scorer for Kabul Region in the 2018 Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament, with 197 runs in four matches.[9]

In September 2018, he was named in Nangarhar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[10]


  1. ^ Other matches played by Shafiqullah
  2. ^ List-A Matches played by Shafiqullah
  3. ^ One-Day International Matches played by Shafiqullah
  4. ^ United Arab Emirates v Afghanistan, Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup 2009/10 (Final)
  5. ^ International Twenty20 Matches played by Shafiqullah
  6. ^ Afghanistan beat Ireland in World Twenty20 qualifier
  7. ^ "10th Match, Alokozay Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament at Amanullah, Nov 13-16 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Stats: Afghanistan's Shafiqullah Shafaq records the fastest first-class double century". CricTracker. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament, Kabul Region: Batting and Bowling Averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.

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