Full name Atif Sheikh
Born February 18, 1991, Nottingham
Current age 25 years 339 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||Leicestershire v Sri Lankans at Leicester, May 13-15, 2016 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|
|Twenty20 debut||Leicestershire v Durham at Leicester, Jul 18, 2014 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Leicestershire v Lancashire at Leicester, Jul 10, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1, 1/61, 1/30||Leics 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Desborough||25 Jul 2016||Other|
|1/48, 0/11||Leics 2nd XI||v MCC Uni||Desborough||19 Jul 2016||Other|
|2/21||Leics 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Kibworth||4 Jul 2016||Other OD|
|5/50||Leics 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Desborough||28 Jun 2016||Other|
|1/81, 0/48||Leics 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Hinckley||6 Jun 2016||Other|
|1, 0/14||Leics 2nd XI||v Unicorns||Long Marston||20 May 2016||Other T20|
|-||Leics 2nd XI||v Unicorns||Long Marston||20 May 2016||Other T20|
|1/86, 0/17||Leics||v Sri Lankans||Leicester||13 May 2016||FC|
|1/34, 5, 0/20||Leics 2nd XI||v Worcs 2nd XI||Oakham||4 May 2016||Other|
|0/14||Leics 2nd XI||v Worcs 2nd XI||Kibworth||3 May 2016||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.
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