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Najibullah Zadran

Najibullah Zadran (Pashto: نجیب الله ځدراڼ‎; born 18 February 1993) is an Afghan cricketer. Zadran is a left-handed batsman who bowls right-arm off break. He is widely recognised as one of the power hitting batsman in the Afghanistan National Cricket Team. Najibullah Zadran was bought by Chittagong Vikings franchise for the sixth edition of Bangladesh Premier League 2017.


T20 franchise career

On 3 June 2018, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers in the players' draft for the inaugural edition of the Global T20 Canada tournament.[1][2] In September 2018, he was named in Kandahar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[3] The following month, he was named in the squad for the Chittagong Vikings team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[4]

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Winnipeg Hawks franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[5] In November 2019, he was selected to play for the Khulna Tigers in the 2019–20 Bangladesh Premier League.[6]

International career

Zadran represented Afghanistan Under-19s in the 2011 Under-19 World Cup Qualifier in Ireland.[7] Zadran made his Twenty20 debut for the Afghan Cheetahs in the Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup against Rawalpindi Rams. He made two further appearances in that competition against Faisalabad Wolves and Multan Tigers.[8] He scored 58 runs in this three appearances, at an average of 29.00, with a high score of 51 not out.[9] This score came against Rawalpindi Rams, in a match in which he also claimed his maiden wicket when he dismissed Sohail Tanvir.[10]

In December 2018, he was named as the captain of Afghanistan's under-23 team for the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup.[11] In March 2019, in the third ODI against Ireland, he scored his first ODI century.[12]

In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Global T20 Canada: Complete Squads". SportsKeeda. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Global T20 Canada League – Full Squads announced". CricTracker. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Afghanistan Premier League 2018 – All you need to know from the player draft". CricTracker. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Global T20 draft streamed live". Canada Cricket Online. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
  6. ^ "BPL draft: Tamim Iqbal to team up with coach Mohammad Salahuddin for Dhaka". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Other matches played by Najibullah Zadran". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  8. ^ "Twenty20 Matches played by Najibullah Zadaran". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Twenty20 Batting and Fielding For Each Team by Najibullah Zadaran". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Afghan Cheetas v Rawalpindi Rams, 2011/12 Faysal Bank T-20 Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  11. ^ "Afghanistan Under-23s Squad". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  12. ^ "3rd ODI: Najibullah Zadran's unbeaten century carries Afghanistan to 256/8". Cricket Country. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Hamid Hassan picked in Afghanistan's World Cup squad; Naib to captain". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  14. ^ "Asghar Afghan included in Gulbadin Naib-led World Cup squad". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 22 April 2019.

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