Who are Afghanistan’s Famous Cricketers?
Much like the history of the Afghanistan team, its notable cricketers are also new on the scene. However, there are plenty that have quickly made their mark on the international stage.
All-rounder Mohammad Nabi has played a huge part in the rise of the Afghanistan international cricket team.
He has previously captained his country in ODIs, including their historic appearance at the 2015 World Cup.
The right-handed batsman and off-spinner was the first Afghan to reach 100 ODI caps. He sits top of the rankings for most ODI runs for his country with 2,782. He is also second for the most ODI wickets.
Another milestone for Nabi saw him became the first Afghanistan player to be selected in the auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
It has been Nabi’s showing in ODIs that have helped his country rise up the world rankings. He has recently chosen to retire from Test cricket to prolong his limited-overs career.
Nabi resigned as captain of the ODI side following the 2015 ICC World Cup but has enjoyed a fine spell with both bat and ball since.
He took his 200th international wicket against Pakistan in June 2019 following his selection for the 2019 ICC World Cup. He also ended the tournament as his side’s leading wicket-taker.
Exciting young all-rounder Rashid Khan is very much the future of Afghanistan cricket.
Despite being aged just 21 he was chosen to captain his country across all forms of the game to replace the outgoing Asghar Afghan in July 2019. He also boasts the most Test, T20I and ODI wickets for Afghanistan. The Afghanistan Cricket Board did a U-turn on their decision and reappointed Afghan in December 2019 but Khan remains a key member of the team.
Khan did became the youngest player to captain a national side when skippering Afghanistan in an ODI in March 2018. He has since become the youngest player to captain a Test side when leading Afghanistan in September 2019.
He also featured in Afghanistan’s first ever Test match, which was against India in June 2018. He recorded the most expensive bowling figures by a debutant in a maiden Test but soon bounced back to pick up more positive records.
One notable milestone saw him surpass Australian Mitchell Starc to become the fastest and youngest to take 100 ODI wickets.
Rashid Khan is another Afghanistan cricketer to have plied his trade in the IPL.
He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2017 and took two wickets on debut on the way to becoming the tournament’s sixth-highest wicket-taker that year.
His 100th career T20 appearance came during the 2018 IPL season and he continued to drive his country towards more success.
Asghar Afghan had the honour of captaining Afghanistan for their first ever Test match, which took place against India in June 2018.
He sits second in the rankings for most Test and ODI runs for Afghanistan. He is another who has helped his country climb the rankings thanks to both his batting and captaincy.
Afghan became the second cricketer for his country to play in 100 ODI matches when he faced Scotland in April 2019.
Afghan was reappointed captain of Afghanistan across all forms of the game in December 2019.
He had previously been replaced ahead of the 2019 World Cup when the decision was made to split the role between Mohammad Naib in ODIs, Rashid Khan in T20s and Rahmat Shah for Tests.