Aftab Alam

November 30, 1992 (29 years)
Birth Place
Nangarhar, Afghanistan
Batting Style
Right Handed
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast medium

A fast bowler from Afghanistan, Aftab Alam was born in Nangarhar in 1992. Aftab Alam made his national team debut in 2010 as an 18-year-old. Interestingly, it took Aftab Alam quite some additional years to make a debut in first-class cricket.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I

Team played

Afghanistan Under-19, Afghanistan, Afghanistan Emerging, Speen Ghar Region, Mis Ainak Region, Speen Ghar Tigers, Balkh Legends, Flying Oryx

In a career spanning a decade, Aftab Alam has played limited-overs cricket for Afghanistan and also represented Balkh in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League. In three years spent in first-class cricket, Aftab Alam took 17 wickets and played 8 matches. He has scored his career-best haul of 6/45 in first-class cricket.

Aftab Alam’s ODI Career

Aftab Alam made his One Day International debut in 2010 against Canada at Sharjah. He went for 35 runs in four overs on debut but his skiddy pace became a major talking point. Over the years, Aftab Alam has participated in 27 ODIs for Afghanistan, taking 41 wickets at an average of 25.19. Against Ireland in Dehradun in 2019, Alam picked up his career-best 4/25. In List A cricket, Aftab Alam has taken 61 wickets in 42 matches at an average of 27.86. Aftab made it to the national team through age-group cricket, playing under-15 and under-19 including the under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in 2010, where Aftab Alam took 12 wickets and was the top wicket-taker for Afghanistan. 

T20I Cricket

Aftab Alam made his T20I debut in 2012 against Ireland in Dubai in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup qualifier. Ireland went on to win the game but Aftab Alam impressed the audience with a spell of 2/34 despite being rather expensive.

In eight years, Aftab Alam was in and out of the T20I side and last played a game for Afghanistan in the shortest format of cricket in 2018. In total, Aftab Alam has played 12 T20Is, taking 11 wickets at an average of just under 30. In T20s, Aftab Alam has taken 39 wickets in 30 matches at an average of 21.23.

Aftab Alam Involved in a Controversy

Aftab Alam was picked in the 2019 ODI World Cup team by Afghanistan but was dropped before the tournament under undisclosed circumstances. After the World Cup, the Afghanistan Cricket Board imposed a one-year ban on Aftab Alam. He was replaced during the World Cup by Sayed Shirzad. In June 2020, Aftab Alam’s ban ended and he started training with his mates in the camp organised by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.

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