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Full name Zoheb Khalid Sharif
Born February 22, 1983, Leytonstone, Essex
Current age 30 years 302 days
Major teams Cambridge MCCU, Derbyshire 2nd XI, Essex, Marylebone Cricket Club, Surrey 2nd XI, Sussex, Sussex 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak
|Last First-class||Marylebone Cricket Club v West Indians at Durham, Jun 1-3, 2007 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|15, 3/7||Unicorns||v Kent 2nd XI||Wormsley||25 Apr 2010||Other|
|1/43, 6*||Unicorns||v Worcs||Worcester||4 Apr 2010||Other OD|
|7, 1/57, 46||Essex 2nd XI||v Hants 2nd XI||Chelmsford||24 Jul 2007||Other|
|-||Essex 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Coggeshall||20 Jul 2007||Other OD|
|0/19, 6, 83||Essex 2nd XI||v Surr 2nd XI||Coggeshall||17 Jul 2007||Other|
|26, 0/36||Essex 2nd XI||v MCCA U25||Milton Keynes||12 Jul 2007||Other OD|
|38, 1/22||Essex 2nd XI||v Notts 2nd XI||Wickford||11 Jul 2007||Other OD|
|0, 0/26||Essex 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Milton Keynes||9 Jul 2007||Other OD|
|-||Essex 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Radlett||4 Jul 2007||Other OD|
|0/18, 5||Essex 2nd XI||v MCCA U25||Bishop's Stortford||27 Jun 2007||Other OD|
Zoheb Sharif, a lefthanded batsman and occasional leg-break bowler, promised much when he made his first-class debut for Essex in 2001.
But he represented Essex in only four Championship matches - and was completely overlooked for the county's National League side - before being released in 2004. However, in that year he was named second XI Player of the Year (for all counties, not just Essex).
Essex let him go because they had too many promising young talents coming through; the presence of Cook, Bopara, Pettini, Chopra meant the 1st XI opportunities he merited were non-existent. From then on, he's not been able to gel at any county, with no offers coming through. He's been at Derbyshire and Sussex among others, but as yet he has not received a contract.
Six years after his first-class debut, however, there's now another chance for him to showcase his talents after being named in a strong MCC side to face county champions Sussex in the traditional season-opener at Lord's. His inclusion came on the back of some strong performances for the universities.
Cricinfo staff April 2007
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