|Full name||Hamid Hassan|
1 June 1987|
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
|ODI debut (cap 3)||19 April 2009 v Scotland|
|Last ODI||13 March 2015 v England|
|ODI shirt no.||66|
|T20I debut (cap 3)||1 February 2010 v Ireland|
|Last T20I||23 July 2015 2013 v Papua New Guinea|
|T20I shirt no.||66|
|Domestic team information|
Source: Cricinfo, 22 February 2016
Hamid Hassan (Pashto: حميد حسن) (born 1 June 1987) is an Afghan first-class cricketer. Hassan is a 6 feet 5 inches tall right-arm fast bowler who plays for the limited over internationals. He has also appeared for the Marylebone Cricket Club, MCC Young Cricketers and Pakistan Customs.
On February 22, 2015 Hassan become the first Afghan bowler to take 50 ODI wickets and also the 7th quickest bowler to take 50 wickets (26 matches).
Early life and career
Hassan grew up in an Afghan refugee family in Peshawar, Pakistan with no tradition of cricket in his family and did not play the game until he left school in 2001. By the age of 22, he had received high praise from the likes of Christian Treloar and Bruno Consalvo.[who?]
In 2009, Hassan was recorded as bowling at 90 miles per hour (145 km/h). He picked up four wickets to limit Jersey to 80 in 39.5 overs in the final of the Pepsi ICC WCL Division 5 event. He also picked up 3 for 19 against Italy and 4 for 22 against Fiji in the Pepsi ICC WCL Division 4, finishing the event as the leading wicket-taker with 16 wickets. Onlookers said they had never seen such a breath taking display of pace bowling.
Success in first-class cricket
During Afghanistan's tour of Scotland in August 2010, Hassan took his maiden five wicket haul in first-class cricket during the Intercontinental Cup match. In Scotland's first innings he took 6/50 and in their second innings he took 5/114, which also gave him his maiden ten wicket haul in a match. Afghanistan went on to record a 229 run win.
In the following Intercontinental Cup match against Kenya, Hassan was instrumental in orchestrating Kenya's collapse during their first innings, as he took figures of 5/70, including the wicket of David Obuya from the 2nd ball of the match. In Kenya's second innings, he again took another five wicket haul, this time figures of 6/87, as he wrapped up Afghanistan's victory on day four by dismissing Kenya from their overnight position of 324/6 to 344 all out, handing Afghanistan a 167 run victory.
Hassan was man of the match in the final of the competition against Scotland. This was awarded to him on the basis of his bowling figures of 5/45 in Scotland's second innings and 3/39 in their second, crucially helping restrict them to 82 in that innings and therefore setting up what would become a 7 wicket victory for the Afghans.
Prior to the final of the Intercontinental Cup, Hassan won a silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games cricket competition. In March 2011 he was called up by the Marylebone Cricket Club to represent them in the Champion County match against Nottinghamshire prior to the 2011 English cricket season.
During the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier in South Africa Hassan ended the tournament as the second leading wicket taker with 0 wickets again. In the same tournament he played his first ODI against Scotland, taking 0/80 from 8 overs.
Hassan made his Twenty20 International debut in the Sri Lanka Associates T20 Series against Ireland, which Afghanistan lost by 5 wickets. Later in February 2010 Hassan represented the Afghanistan side in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, where Hassan helped lead Afghanistan to three wins in Group A. In Afghanistan's final Group A match, a victory by 29 runs over the United States, Hassan took his best Twenty20 figures to date of 3/14 and reportedly celebrated with a dart in the middle of the pitch after every wicket. At present Hassan is the tournament's leading wicket taker with 8 wickets at a bowling average of 8.12. Hassan was later named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.
Hassan was a key member of Afghanistan's 2010 ACC Trophy Elite winning squad. In the country's first match in the tournament, against Bhutan, he took figures of 6/18 from 7.2 overs. Later in the tournament, Hassan saved Afghanistan from defeat against Malaysia by taking figures of 5/44 from 10 overs.
2010 ICC World Twenty20
Hassan played both of Afghanistan's matches against in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20. In their first group match against India, he claimed figures of 1/8 from 3 overs, with the solitary wicket of Murali Vijay as India won by 7 wickets. In Afghanistan's second match against South Africa, he claimed figures of 3/21 from 4 overs. His wickets were those of Jacques Kallis, JP Duminy and Mark Boucher. In Afghanistan's reply, he came in with the score on 32/8 and helped Afghanistan to post a score of 80 all out by sharing in a 33 run partnership with Mirwais Ashraf and a 15 run partnership for the last wicket with Shapoor Zadran, before Hassan himself was dismissed for 22 (1 four, 2 sixes) by Charl Langeveldt to hand South Africa a 59 run victory.
At the peak of his career in 2012, Hassan met with a knee injury which forced him out of the game for the next two years.  He has recovered and gotten injured since then several times, and has been unable to play for his national team.
Hassan wrecked his knee after crashing into a fence while fielding. The injuries required two rounds of surgery plus hours of intense rehabilitation resulting in ruling him out of the Bangladesh Premier League for which he had been signed for $US30,000.  
He was selected to play for the national team in the Afghanistan - Zimbabwe series in February 2018, but he again got injured in the training sessions and was advised to rest. He last played an international match for his national team in July 2016. 
He was unable to bowl with his own speed and action in the Shpageeza 2017 season, and would bowl slower balls (much like a spinner bowler) due to his injuries.
His international career seems to have been ended by his string of injuries, although he or the ACB has not announced this officially.
- Luke, Will (15 April 2009). "From Bati'Kot to the big time". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
- Scotland v Afghanistan, 2009–10 Intercontinental Cup
- Kenya v Afghanistan, 2009–10 Intercontinental Cup
- Afghanistan v Scotland, ICC Intercontinental Cup, 2009/10 – final
- Scott-Elliot, Robin (16 March 2011). "Afghanistan pair in MCC squad". The Independent. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- ICC World Twenty20 Afghanistan squad
- Afghanistan v Malaysia (2010)
- Afghanistan v India, 2010 ICC World Twenty20
- Afghanistan v South Africa, 2010 ICC World Twenty20