Afghanistan cricket is in the news these days, majorly due to young wicket-keeper batsman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, who has made headlines for his exceptional cricketing skills.
Shafiqullah Shafaq recently made a score of 214 off a mere 71 balls in a domestic Twenty 20 match, thus grabbing the imagination of cricket fans around the world.
Shafaq registered this achievement while playing in a local tournament known as the Paragon Nangarhar Champion Trophy. The Afghanistan cricketer clobbered 21 sixes and 16 boundaries in his blistering knock. His 71-ball game helped his team, Khateez Cricket Academy, put up a brilliant score of 351 runs in just 20 overs. Shafaq’s teammate Waheedullah Shafaq hit 81 runs off just 31 balls, and lifted the game’s spirit.
Chasing a difficult score, Kabul Star Cricket Club could only create a score of 107. Khateez Cricket Academy registered a resounding win by 244 runs. Shafaq has been a major part of the Afghanistan national side for quite some time now. In 2010, Shafaq made his T20I debut against Ireland. He has played 35 T20Is for Afghanistan, scoring 392 runs at a strike rate of 143.07. He has also played 20 ODIs and scored 383 runs.
Till date, the wicket-keeper/batsman has 19 catches and 1 stumping to his name. He also holds the distinction of being one of the few players to play the last three editions of ICC World T20s (2012, 2014 and 2016).