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AFGHAN TEENAGER IS FIRST 21ST-CENTURY BABY TO MAKE MEN'S INTERNATIONAL BOW

Mujeeb Zadran claimed four wickets on his debut against Ireland at the age of 16

An Afghan spinner has become the first male international player to have been born in the 21st century.

Mujeeb Zadran made his debut for his country in their clash with Ireland in Sharjah this week at the ripe old age of 16 years and 252 days old. And to some effect.

The off-spinner recorded figures of 4-24 from his 10 overs, with his opening seven-over salvo returning 4-12, as Ireland stuttered in their pursuit of 239.

Afghanistan eventually dismissed their opponents for 100 all out to claim a comfortable victory.

Mujeeb is the ninth youngest debutant in one-day international history, and now sits just below the great Sachin Tendulkar in the chart.

Tendulkar, the Little Master who went on to make 100 international centuries over the course of his illustrious career, was just 14 days younger than Mujeeb when he made his first ODI appearance against Pakistan in 1989.

Hasan Raza is regarded as the youngest ever ODI debutant, with his official age recorded as being 14 years and 223 days when he played for Pakistan against Zimbabwe in Quetta in 1996.

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