Samiullah Shinwari

A batting allrounder who like to feel bat on ball right from the very start of his innings, and bowls a useful bit of legspin.


Born: December 31, 1987

Role: Right-hand bat, right-arm legbreak

A very useful allrounder in the side, Shenwari’s first major achievement with the national side was to be part of the team that got promoted to Division Two, allowing them to participate in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier, where they gained ODI status.

Having made his ODI debut against Scotland in April 2009 and his T20I debut against Ireland in 2010, Shenwari has developed this boundless energy which serves him well whether he is fielding at point or thrashing his bat at anything he fancies while playing little attention to the coaching manual.

Entering the team as a valuable leg-spin option, his batting has now taken precedence and this was confirmed in a match against Bangladesh in the 2014 Asia Cup.

Having smashed a superb 81 and shared a 164-run stand with captain Asghar Stanikzai for the sixth wicket, he also picked up the vital wicket of Mominul Haque as Afghanistan beat the Tigers to record their first ever ODI win over a Test nation.

Shinwari proved he could do it on the big stage too, falling four short of a maiden ODI hundred against Scotland while also making a half century against New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup.

However, he has since struggled to replicate those high scores in the 50-over game, with a 62* against Ireland in March 2017 his only other score above fifty to date following the last World Cup.

His form with the ball has also dipped since the last tournament, having taken just three wickets from the 35.2 overs he has bowled.

Nevertheless, the past has taught us that the man shortlisted for the 2014 ICC Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year has competition experience which is almost peerless in the squad and he could yet find his feet again against Ireland before the start of the World Cup.


Asghar Afghan

Aftab Alam

Hamid Hassan

Rashid Khan

Mohammad Nabi

Gulbadin Naib

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Rahmat Shah

Hashmatullah Shahidi

Mohammad Shahzad

Samiullah Shinwari

Dawlat Zadran

Najibullah Zadran

Noor Ali Zadran

Hazratullah Zazai



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