Hazratullah Zazai

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Hazratullah Zazai
Personal information
Born (1998-03-23) 23 March 1998 (age 21)
Paktia, Afghanistan
BattingLeft-handed
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
RoleBatsman
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 44)27 August 2018 v Ireland
Last ODI15 June 2019 v South Africa
T20I debut (cap 35)16 December 2016 v UAE
Last T20I24 February 2019 v Ireland
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2017–presentAmo Sharks
2018–presentKabul Zwanan
2019Dhaka Dynamites
Career statistics
Competition ODI T20I FC LA
Matches 11 6 17 17
Runs scored 247 378 1,246 409
Batting average 22.45 75.60 38.93 25.56
100s/50s 0/1 1/2 3/8 1/1
Top score 67 162* 133 103*
Balls bowled 82
Wickets 3
Bowling average 22.66
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/10
Catches/stumpings 2/– 1/– 22/– 6/–
Source: Cricinfo, 15 June 2019

Hazratullah Zazai (Pashto: حضرت الله ځاځی‎; born 23 March 1998) is an Afghan cricketer. He made his international debut for the Afghanistan cricket team in December 2016.[1] In February 2019, he scored the highest individual score by an Afghan batsman in a Twenty20 International , with an unbeaten 162 runs off 62 balls against Ireland.[2]

Domestic and T20 franchise career[edit]

He made his List A debut for Amo Region in the 2017 Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament on 10 August 2017.[3] He made his first-class debut for Band-e-Amir Region in the 2017–18 Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament on 20 October 2017.[4]

In September 2018, he was named in Kabul Zwanan's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[5] On 14 October 2018, in the match against Balkh Legends, Zazai hit six sixes in one over.[6] In the process, Zazai also equalled the record for the fastest fifty in Twenty20 cricket, from twelve balls.[7] He was the leading run-scorer for Kabul Zwanan in the tournament, with 322 runs in ten matches.[8]

In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Dhaka Dynamites team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[9]

International career[edit]

He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against the United Arab Emirates on 16 December 2016.[10] He made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Afghanistan against Ireland on 27 August 2018.[11]

In August 2018, against Ireland, he scored the fastest T20I fifty by an Afghan cricketer, in 22 balls.[12] In February 2019, in the second T20I match against Ireland, he scored 162 not out,[13] his first century in a T20I match.[14] It was the highest score for an Afghan batsman in a T20I match, and the second highest score overall, behind Aaron Finch's 172.[13] His innings included a record 16 sixes,[13] and his first-wicket partnership with Usman Ghani was also a record for any wicket in a T20I, with 236 runs scored.[13] Afghanistan finished their innings with 278 runs for the loss of three wickets, the highest total in a T20I match.[13]

In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hazratullah Zazai". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Hazratullah Zazai 162*, Afghanistan 278 - a record-breaking T20I". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. ^ "2nd Match, Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament at Khost, Aug 10, 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  4. ^ "1st Match, Alokozay Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament at Amanullah, Oct 20-23 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Hazratullah Zazai smashes six sixes in an over in front of 'idol' Gayle". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Hazratullah Zazai becomes third to hit six sixes in an over in T20s". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League, 2018/19 - Kabul Zwanan: Batting and bowling averages". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Afghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates, 2nd T20I: United Arab Emirates v Afghanistan at Dubai (DSC), Dec 16, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  11. ^ "1st ODI, Afghanistan Tour of Ireland at Belfast, Aug 27 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Zazai's 33-ball 74 sets up Afghanistan victory over Ireland". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Hazratullah Zazai cuts loose, Afghanistan demolish Ireland, T20I record books". Cricket Country. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  14. ^ "Hazratullah Zazai's night to remember". CricBuzz. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  15. ^ "Hamid Hassan picked in Afghanistan's World Cup squad; Naib to captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  16. ^ "Asghar Afghan included in Gulbadin Naib-led World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 April 2019.

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