Full name Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai
Born December 22, 1987, Kabul, Afghanistan
Current age 27 years 221 days
Major teams Afghanistan
Also known as Asghar Salamkhail
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium-fast
|ODI debut||Afghanistan v Scotland at Benoni, Apr 19, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Afghanistan at Napier, Mar 8, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Afghanistan v Ireland at Colombo (PSS), Feb 1, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Afghanistan v Oman at Dublin, Jul 25, 2015 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Zimbabwe XI v Afghanistan at Mutare, Aug 16-19, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Scotland v Afghanistan at Stirling, Jun 2-5, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Afghanistan v Bermuda at Potchefstroom, Apr 2, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||New Zealand v Afghanistan at Napier, Mar 8, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Afghanistan v Ireland at Colombo (PSS), Feb 1, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Afghanistan v Oman at Dublin, Jul 25, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0||Afghanistan||v Oman||Dublin||25 Jul 2015||T20I # 446|
|22||Afghanistan||v P.N.G.||Dublin (Malahide)||23 Jul 2015||T20I # 444|
|29||Afghanistan||v Hong Kong||Dublin (Malahide)||21 Jul 2015||T20I # 443|
|11||Afghanistan||v Oman||Edinburgh (Golden)||15 Jul 2015||T20|
|34||Afghanistan||v Scotland||Edinburgh||12 Jul 2015||T20I # 435|
|44*||Afghanistan||v U.A.E.||Edinburgh||10 Jul 2015||T20I # 432|
|2||Afghanistan||v Netherlands||Edinburgh||9 Jul 2015||T20I # 431|
|4||Afghanistan||v Jersey||Edinburgh||6 Jul 2015||Other T20|
|37||Afghanistan||v Unicorns||Wormsley||30 Jun 2015||Other T20|
|7||Afghanistan||v Warwcks 2nd||Wormsley||29 Jun 2015||Other T20|
A middle-order batsman, Asghar Stanikzai has a somewhat tuk-tuk-boom approach to batting, his determined presence at the crease occasionally punctuated with flashes of aggressive strokeplay. In Afghanistan's early forays into the top level of the international game his approach was at odds with that of many of his team-mates in the top order, who seemed to play a shot a ball, and Stanikzai's ability to occupy the crease was an important asset to the side.
He was with Afghanistan at their first major global tournament, the World T20 in 2010, and also played a vital role in their first win over a Test-playing nation, against Bangladesh in March 2014. In typical style, Stanikzai anchored the innings that day and nudged his way to 37 from 73 balls before he hit a boundary. But he then hit six fours and three sixes, one of which went out of the ground, in the last ten overs and shared in a match-winning 164-run partnership with Samiullah Shenwari. If he can replicate that sort of performance more frequently, Stanikzai has a very handy role to play as Afghanistan's middle-order glue.
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