Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Personal information
Full nameMujeeb Ur Rahman Zadran
Born (2001-03-28) 28 March 2001 (age 20)
Khost, Afghanistan
BowlingRight-arm off break
RelationsNoor Ali Zadran (uncle)
Ibrahim Zadran (cousin)[1]
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 7)14 June 2018 v India
ODI debut (cap 43)5 December 2017 v Ireland
Last ODI26 January 2021 v Ireland
T20I debut (cap 36)5 February 2018 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I10 March 2020 v Ireland
Domestic team information
2017–presentSpin Ghar Region
2017Boost Defenders
2017–2020Comilla Victorians
2018–2020Kings XI Punjab
2018–presentNangarhar Leopards
2018–presentBrisbane Heat
2020Jamaica Tallawahs
2021Peshawar Zalmi
2021Sunrisers Hyderabad
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 1 32 1 47
Runs scored 18 55 18 73
Batting average 9.00 6.87 9.00 6.63
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 15 15 15 15
Balls bowled 90 1,673 90 2,537
Wickets 1 52 1 71
Bowling average 75.00 20.86 75.00 23.39
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 1/75 5/50 1/75 5/50
Catches/stumpings 0/– 5/– 0/– 7/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 January 2021

Mujeeb Ur Rahman Zadran (Pashto: مجیب الرحمن ځدراڼ‎; born 28 March 2001) is an Afghan cricketer, who plays for the Afghanistan national cricket team.[2] He was the first male to play international cricket who was born in the 21st century.[3] Two months after his international debut, at the age of 16 years and 325 days, he became the youngest player to take a five-wicket haul in a One Day International match.[4] He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Afghanistan's first ever Test match, against India, in June 2018. It was also his first-class cricket debut.[5] His uncle, Noor Ali Zadran, is also an Afghan international cricketer.

Domestic and T20 franchise career[edit]

He made his List A debut for Speen Ghar Region in the 2017 Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament on 10 August 2017.[6] He made his Twenty20 debut for Boost Defenders in the 2017 Shpageeza Cricket League on 11 September 2017.[7] In November 2017, he was signed by Comilla Victorians for 2017–18 Bangladesh Premier League season.[8]

In January 2018, he was bought by the Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 IPL auction.[9][10] On 8 April 2018, at the age of 17 years and 11 days, he became the youngest cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League.[11]

In May 2018, he was signed by Hampshire County Cricket Club to play in the 2018 t20 Blast tournament in England.[12] In September 2018, he was named in Nangarhar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[13] He was the joint-leading wicket-taker for the Nangarhar Leopards in the tournament, with twelve dismissals in nine matches.[14]

In February 2019, he was signed by Middlesex County Cricket Club to play in the 2019 t20 Blast tournament in England.[15] In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Cumilla Warriors in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.[16] On 30 December 2020, in the 2020–21 Big Bash League season, he took his first five-wicket haul in T20 cricket, with 5 for 15 for the Brisbane Heat against the Hobart Hurricanes.[17] In February 2021, Mujeeb was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL auction ahead of the 2021 Indian Premier League.[18]

International career[edit]

He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2017 ACC Under-19 Asia Cup with twenty wickets in five matches that helped Afghanistan win their maiden ACC Under-19 Cup title.[19] As a result of this performance, he was named in Afghanistan's One Day International (ODI) squad in December 2017 for their series against Ireland.[20] He made his ODI debut for Afghanistan against Ireland on 5 December 2017.[21] On debut he took 4 wickets for 24 runs,[22] from his quota of 10 overs, and helped his team win by 138 runs. He was awarded man of the match for his performance.[23]

In December 2017, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2018 Under-19 Cricket World Cup.[24] He made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Afghanistan against Zimbabwe on 5 February 2018.[25] On 16 February 2018 against Zimbabwe at Sharjah, Mujeeb took his maiden ODI five-wicket haul.[26] He became the youngest player ever to take an ODI five-wicket haul and was named the man of the match.[27][28]

In February 2018, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Mujeeb as one of the ten players to watch ahead of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament.[29] On 15 March 2018 in the first match of the Super Sixes at the World Cup Qualifier, he took 3 wickets for 33 runs against the West Indies. He also took a catch off the bowling of Rashid Khan as Afghanistan beat them by 3 wickets, with Mujeeb earning his third ODI man of the match award.[30]

During the final of the 2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, between the West Indies and Afghanistan, Mujeeb returned with match figures of 4/43 in 9.5 overs, helping Afghanistan to restrict the West Indies to a score of 204.[31] Afghanistan chased the target of 205 losing only 3 wickets with ten overs to spare and clinched its first ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier title.[32][33][34] He was also the joint-leading wicket-taker in the tournament, along with fellow wrist spinner, Rashid Khan and Safyaan Sharif of Scotland with 17 wickets each.[35]

Following the conclusion of the Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament, the ICC named Mujeeb as the rising star of Afghanistan's squad.[36]

Test cricket[edit]

In May 2018, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for their inaugural Test match, played against India.[37][38] He made his Test debut for Afghanistan, against India, on 14 June 2018.[39] Mujeeb became the sixth player, and first for Afghanistan, to make his first-class debut in a Test match.[40] He became the first player born in the 21st century to play Test cricket and also became the youngest player to feature in their country's inaugural Test match (17 years and 78 days).[41][42]

2019 Cricket World Cup[edit]

In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[43][44] Following the World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) named Mujeeb as the rising star of the squad.[45]

Personal life[edit]

In 2020, he got married in Kabul at the age of 19.[46]


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