Full name Dawlat Khan Ahmadzi
Born September 5, 1984, Loger, Afghanistan
Current age 32 years 139 days
Major teams Afghanistan
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|ODI debut||Afghanistan v Scotland at Benoni, Apr 19, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Netherlands v Afghanistan at The Hague, Jul 7, 2010 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Afghanistan v Ireland at Colombo (PSS), Feb 1, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Afghanistan v India at Gros Islet, May 1, 2010 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Zimbabwe XI v Afghanistan at Mutare, Aug 16-19, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Afghanistan v Ireland at Dambulla, Jan 21-24, 2010 scorecard|
|List A debut||Afghanistan v Denmark at Vanderbijlpark, Apr 1, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Netherlands v Afghanistan at The Hague, Jul 7, 2010 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Afghanistan v Ireland at Colombo (PSS), Feb 1, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Afghanistan v India at Gros Islet, May 1, 2010 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/53||Afghanistan||v Netherlands||The Hague||7 Jul 2010||ODI # 3017|
|0/26, 9||Afghanistan||v Scotland||The Hague||29 Jun 2010||Other OD|
|1/21||Afghanistan||v India||Gros Islet||1 May 2010||T20I # 153|
|4/15||Afghanistan||v Ireland||Providence||28 Apr 2010||Other T20|
|2, 0/48||Afghanistan||v Malaysia||Ahmadi City||3 Apr 2010||Other OD|
|0/16||Afghanistan||v Bhutan||Ahmadi City||31 Mar 2010||Other OD|
|0/28||Afghanistan||v Canada||Sharjah||16 Feb 2010||ODI # 2957|
|4*, 0/20||Afghanistan||v Emirates Isl||Sharjah||7 Feb 2010||Other T20|
|2*, 1/25||Afghanistan||v Ireland||Colombo (PSS)||1 Feb 2010||T20I # 128|
|0/16||Afghanistan||v Canada||Colombo (NCC)||31 Jan 2010||Other T20|
Like most members of the Afghanistan cricket team, Dawlat Ahmadzai grew up in a refugee camp in Pakistan. He remembers watching Imran Khan lifting the World Cup for Pakistan on television in 1992, and the excitement that the win caused in the camp. After Pakistan's triumph, his brother made a cricket bat and cricket replaced volleyball as the sport of choice in the Swabi refugee camp.
A fast bowler from the start of his career, by 1996 he was playing cricket for a club in Peshawar and in 2001 was part of the first squad of Afghan cricketers selected to form the basis for a national side. After Afghanistan gained one-day international status by a securing a spot in the top six at the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifiers in South Africa, Dawlat distinguished himself by taking Afghanistan's first ever ODI wicket when he had Scotland's Gavin Hamilton caught by Noor Ali. He was also instrumental in Afghanistan's win over defending champions Ireland in the Intercontinental Cup, taking 5 for 52 in Ireland's second innings to help set up a seven-wicket win.
Dawlat is also a trained fitness coach with a strong interest in the development of cricket in Afghanistan. He has been part of the Afghan Youth Cricket Support Organization - which was set up by another player, Raees Ahmadzai - since its inception and is hoping to build a school in the village of Abchakan in Logar province.
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