Sharafuddin Ashraf is a left-arm spinner with a knack for taking vital top-order wickets. He was part of the Afghanistan under-19 side that beat Australia and Sri Lanka at the 2014 Youth World Cup and was rewarded with a place in the squad to tour Zimbabwe later that year. He responded in eye-catching fashion, his 6 for 29 dismantling Zimbabwe A in a limited-overs match. A full ODI debut against Zimbabwe followed, Sharafuddin performing admirably as Afghanistan drew their series 2-2. He’d also picked up a maiden first-class five-for before the tour was up, and though he continued to travel with the squad, he couldn’t quite squeeze into the final XV for the 2015 World Cup.
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Name: Sharafuddin Ashraf
DOB: January 10, 1995
Place Of Birth: Afghanistan
Marital Status: N/A
ODI Debut: Vs Zimbabwe, Queens Sports Club, July 2014
T20I Debut: Vs Netherlands, Grange Cricket Club, July 2015
Test Debut: N/A
Sharafuddin Ashraf: Career Highlights
A green-eyed left-arm spinner from Afghanistan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, first caught the public eye when the Afghanistan side that he was part of pulverized Australia in the 2014 U-19 World Cup. With a limited crop of young cricketers in the nation, the young man was handed an international debut against Zimbabwe a few months after the World Cup. Upon touching the country’s shores, he took full advantage of the slower wickets and crushed the Zimbabwe A side with 6/29 in the practice match. He was subsequently picked for the ODIs and performed admirably as the Afghans drew the series.
His exemplary form continued as he picked up his first-ever five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, with a peculiar knack for foxing top-order batsmen with the newer ball and exposing the middle-order to the wrath of the shiny fresh cherry. He was unlucky not to be picked for the 2015 World Cup in Australia, despite commendable international cricket performances.
Ashraf made a comeback into the national fold after nearly four years for the World Cup qualifiers in 2018. He hasn’t quite managed to make a mark, picking only 2 wickets in five matches. However, he continues to be economical, which, although not sufficient to cement his place in the long run, is commendable and signifies that wickets are around the corner. If he can regain his mojo for taking wickets, Ashraf has the makings of a successful spinner at the international level. With age on his side and with Afghanistan set to play their inaugural Test in mid-2018, Ashraf is set to be a vital cog in their setup.
Afghanistan, Afghanistan U19, Afghanistan A, Paktia Panthers, Pakhtoons, Deccan Gladiators
Sharafuddin Ashraf: Stats
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