Full name Atif Sheikh
Born February 18, 1991, Nottingham
Current age 26 years 247 days
Major teams Derbyshire, Derbyshire 2nd XI, England Under-19s, Leicestershire, Leicestershire 2nd XI
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast
|First-class debut||Derbyshire v Gloucestershire at Derby, May 24-27, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Northamptonshire v Gloucestershire at Northampton, Aug 6-9, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Leicestershire v New Zealanders at Leicester, Jun 6, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Leicestershire v Somerset at Leicester, Aug 18, 2015 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Leicestershire v Durham at Leicester, Jul 18, 2014 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Leicestershire v Lancashire at Leicester, Jul 10, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/26||Nthants 2nd||v Leics 2nd XI||Desborough||22 Aug 2017||Other|
|7, 1/36||Northants||v Gloucs||Northampton||6 Aug 2017||FC|
|5, 1/84, 0||Nthants 2nd||v Warwcks 2nd||Birmingham||25 Jul 2017||Other|
|0/12||Nthants 2nd||v Warwcks 2nd||Solihull||24 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|3*, 0/14||Nthants 2nd||v Warwcks 2nd||Solihull||24 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|2/17||Nthants 2nd||v Leics 2nd XI||Lutterworth||18 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|4, 1/26||Nthants 2nd||v Leics 2nd XI||Lutterworth||18 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|0/55, 0/13||Nthants 2nd||v Yorks 2nd XI||York||11 Jul 2017||Other|
|0/34||Nthants 2nd||v Yorks 2nd XI||Pudsey||10 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|0/37||Nthants 2nd||v Yorks 2nd XI||Pudsey||10 Jul 2017||Other T20|
Raw but possessing great potential, Atif Sheikh was a left-arm bowler of unusual pace who rarely found the accuracy to enhance his hostility.
He joined the Derbyshire Academy in 2007 and followed fellow Academy graduates Jake Needham, Dan Redfern and Paul Borrington in signing a professional contract at the end of the 2008 season.
He made headlines in 2010 by dismissing Australian Test openers Shane Watson and Simon Katich when the tourists visited Derby for a two-day warm-up match. He made his Championship debut the same season against Gloucestershire, taking five wickets in the match, and opened the bowling for England in an Under-19 Test against Sri Lanka. However, he was unable to force his way into the senior Derbyshire side in any cricket in 2011 and left at the end of the season.
He eventually joined Leicestershire where he claimed a first-class hat-trick against Gloucestershire towards the end of the 2014 season and was soon identified by the new management as a player of great potential. Only two Championship matches the following season emphasised that he remained a work in progress and a single appearance in 2016 against the Sri Lankan tourists preceded his release before the end of the season.