Shafiqullah Shafiq is an Afghan wicket-keeper-batsman. Born in 1989, Shafiq is a right-handed batsman and has also played for Nangarhar Leopards, Speen Ghar Tigers and Sylhet Thunder. Shafiq was a part of the Afghanistan Cricket team which rose from the 2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Four to the 2009 World Cup Qualifier and eventually got the ODI and first-class status. He is the number 16th ODI cap for Afghanistan.
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Shafiqullah made his List A debut against Denmark in the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2009. He played 5 games in the tournament and was chosen in the Afghanistan ODI team touring the Netherlands. He did not bat in his first ODI while got out on a duck in his second one. He made a comeback in the ODI team in May 2014. He scored his first half-century against Zimbabwe at a strike rate of 130.23 in a winning cause. In 24 ODIs, Shafiqullah has scored 430 runs at an average of 22.63 and a strike rate of 105. 39. He has 11 catches and 3 stumpings behind the wicket. Shafiqullah represented his country in the 2010 Asian Games in which Afghanistan won the silver medal.
Shafiqullah represented Afghanistan in the ACC Twenty20 Cup which Afghanistan won beating the UAE. Shafiqullah made his T20I debut against Ireland. He scored 23 runs at a strike rate of 143.75 in a losing cause. He has taken part in three world cup campaigns including the first round of the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup. Shafiqullah scored his first fifty against Hong Kong in the first round to help Afghanistan win by 7 wickets. He scored 51 runs in 24 balls at a strike rate of 212.50. In 46 T20I Shafiqullah has scored 494 runs at an average of 16.46 and a strike rate of 145.29.
Shafiqullah was drafted in Speen Ghar Tigers (SGT) in the 2017-18 Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL). In 11 games for SGT, he has scored 155 runs at a strike rate of 98.72. Shafiqullah played 3 games for Sylhet Thunders in the 2019 Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). He scored 18 runs in 3 games with a strike rate of 94.73.
Shafiqullah made a late debut in first-class cricket in 2017 for Speen Ghar Region against Mis Ainak Region. He switched to Kabul Region in 2018. Shafiqullah scored the fastest first-class double century against Boost Region in 89 deliveries. He broke the 34-year-old record of Ravi Shastri who had scored a double hundred in 123 deliveries. Shafiqullah hit staggering 24 sixes in the match and topped the list of the most sixes by a player in a first-class match, beating Colin Munro’s record of 23 sixes. So far, this is his only century in professional cricket. In 8 first-class matches, he has scored 595 runs at an average of 49.58 and a strike rate of 132.22.
In May 2020, Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) banned Shafiqullah Shafiq for 6 years after admitting to the corruption charges including a try to fix a match in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).