Afghan Cheetahs

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Afghan Cheetahs
Captain: Afghanistan Mohammad Nabi
Coach: Afghanistan Raees Ahmadzai
Colors:      /     
Owner: Afghanistan Cricket Board
Founded: 2011
Home ground: N/A
Twenty-20 Cup wins: 0
Official website: Afghan Cheetahs

The Afghan Cheetahs are a Twenty20 team established in 2011 from Afghanistan that will play in Pakistans domestic Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup in September/October 2011.[1] The team is captained by Mohammad Nabi and coached by Raees Ahmadzai.

Background[edit]

Despite the Afghanistan national cricket team being a member of the International Cricket Council in its own right, its recent success has seen it invited to take part in this competition in its full member neighbour. This is similar other Associate/Affiliate members of the International Cricket Council. In Europe, the national teams of Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands and Scotland have all at some point taken part in English domestic cricket. In Africa, Kenya has taken part in West Indian and Zimbabwean domestic cricket, while Namibia takes part in South Africa domestic cricket. Similarly, the national teams of Canada and the United States have also been invited to take part in West Indian domestic cricket. Such moves are seen as a way to give Associate/Affiliate members of the International Cricket Council access to regular cricket of a high standard with which to improve their own skills with, which they do not have access to in their own countries.

Fixtures and results[edit]

Compiling a mixture of national players and youth, the Afghan Cheetahs played three matches in the competition, losing all three. They lost to Rawalpindi Rams by 4 wickets,[2] Faisalabad Wolves by 13 runs[3] and Multan Tigers by 4 wickets.[4] These defeats left the Cheetahs bottom of their group and eliminated them from the competition.

Scorecards[edit]

The following scorecards are the Afghan Cheetahs results from their three matches in the Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup 2011–12:
28 September
20:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Rawalpindi Rams Pakistan
163/6 (18.5 overs)162/4 (20 overs)
v
Afghanistan Afghan Cheetahs
163/6 (18.5 overs)
Awais Zia 60 (41)
Karim Sadiq 1/17 (4 overs)
Samiullah Shenwari 52 (32)
Mohammad Rameez 2/41 (4 overs)
Rawalpindi Rams won by 4 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Iqbal Butt and Shakeel Khan
Player of the match: Awais Zia (Rawalpindi Rams)
  • Afghan Cheetahs won the toss and chose to bat

29 September
16:00 (D/N)
Scorecard
Faisalabad Wolves Pakistan
145/8 (20 overs)
v
Afghanistan Afghan Cheetahs
132/9 (20 overs)
Mohammad Salman 32 (26)
Mohammad Nabi 2/24 (4 overs)
Gulbudeen Naib 68 (42)
Abdur Rauf 2/25 (3 overs)
Faisalabad Wolves won by 13 runs
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Shozab Raza and Zameer Haider
Player of the match: Gulbudeen Naib (Afghan Cheetahs)
  • Faisalabad Wolves won the toss and chose to bat

30 September
12:00
Scorecard
Multan Tigers Pakistan
131/9 (20 overs)
v
Afghanistan Afghan Cheetahs
135/6 (19.2 overs)
Najib Taraki 34 (24)
Naved Yasin 4/17 (4 overs)
Zain Abbas 54 (35)
Mohammad Nabi 2/32 (4 overs)
Multan Tigers won by 4 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Riazuddin and Saleem Badar
Player of the match: Naved Yasin (Multan Tigers)
  • Afghan Cheetahs won the toss and chose to bat

Current squad[edit]

The following table contains the 14 players in Afghan Cheetahs squad for the Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup 2011–12:[1]
  • double-dagger denotes players with international caps.
Name Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
Batsmen
Najib Taraki Unknown date Right-handed
Karim Sadiq double-dagger (1984-02-18) 18 February 1984 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break Occasional wicket-keeper
Mohammad Sami (1989-06-17) 17 June 1989 (age 25) Right-handed
Najibullah Zadran  double-dagger (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 21) Left-handed Right-arm off break
All-rounders
Mohammad Nabi double-dagger (1985-07-03) 3 July 1985 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm off break Team captain
Samiullah Shenwari double-dagger (1987-12-31) 31 December 1987 (age 26) Right-handed Leg break
Gulbudeen Naib double-dagger (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast
Fazal Niyazai Unknown date Right-handed Right-arm medium
Wicket-keepers
Qasim Khan Unknown date Right-handed
Bowlers
Hamid Hassan double-dagger (1986-08-02) 2 August 1986 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
Abdullah Mazari double-dagger (1987-03-07) 7 March 1987 (age 27) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
Sayed Shirzad (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 20) Left-handed Left-arm medium
Nasim Khan Unknown date Left-handed Right-arm off break
Yamin Ahmadzai (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Afghan Cheetahs squad announced". www.afgcric.com. 24 September 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Afghan Cheetas v Rawalpindi Rams, 2011/12 Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Afghan Cheetas v Faisalabad Wolves, 2011/12 Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Afghan Cheetas v Multan Tigers, 2011/12 Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 

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