Zahir Khan is a 21-year-old left-arm unorthodox spin bowler who has played international cricket for Afghanistan.
Lancashire, Rajasthan Royals, Afghanistan Under-19, Afghanistan, Brisbane Heat, Rangpur Rangers, St Lucia Zouks, Jamaica Tallawahs, Islamabad United, Khulna Tigers, Band-e-Amir Region, Mis Ainak Region, Mis-e-Ainak Knights, Speen Ghar Tigers, Bangla Tigers, Punjabi Legends, Nangarhar Leopards, Deccan Gladiators
Before his international debut, Zahir Khan had established his credentials as a wicket-taking bowler in first-class cricket. In his first-class career, he has taken 69 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 20.55 with the best bowling figures of 6/52 in an innings and 9/130 in a match. He has also taken 21 wickets in 10 List A matches at 24.38 with his best bowling figures of 6/36.
Zahir has played 2 Test matches and taken 5 wickets at 31.60. He made his Test debut against Bangladesh in Chattogram in September 2019, in the only Test of a series on Afghanistan’s tour of Bangladesh. In that game, Afghanistan batted first and scored 342. Replying, Bangladesh were bowled out for 205. Zahir returned figures of 0/46 from 9 overs. In their second knock, Afghanistan made 260, setting the hosts a target of 398 runs to win. Bangladesh could make no more than 173, paving the way for Afghanistan to win by 223 runs. Zahir Khan produced his best Test bowling performance in an innings, taking 3/59 in 15 overs, including the scalps of top-order batsmen Liton Das and Mosaddek Hossain as well as skipper Shakib al Hasan. In his other Test match against the West Indies in Lucknow, India, in November 2019, Afghanistan batted first and scored 187. The West Indies, in reply, scored 277, getting a handy first innings lead of 90. Zahir Khan took 2/53 in 13 overs, accounting for the wickets of RL Chase and SO Dowrich. Afghanistan were bowled out for 90 in their second knock. The West Indies needed only 6.2 overs to knock off the 31 runs necessary for victory.
Zahir Khan has taken two wickets at an average of 27.50 in the only ODI game he has played. He played his debut game against Ireland in Dehradun on 10 March 2019, in the 5th game of a series on Ireland’s tour of India. In that game, Afghanistan batted first and scored 216/6. In reply, Ireland chased down the target with 5 wickets and 16 balls to spare. Zahir Khan took 2 of the 5 wickets that Ireland lost while conceding 55 runs in 10 overs bowled by him. Zahir accounted for the scalps of Ireland opener Porterfield as well as Simi Singh, a top-order batsman.