Full name Mirwais Ashraf
Born June 30, 1988, Kunduz, Afghanistan
Current age 28 years 267 days
Major teams Afghanistan
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
|ODI debut||Netherlands v Afghanistan at Amstelveen, Aug 30, 2009 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Bangladesh v Afghanistan at Dhaka, Oct 1, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Afghanistan v Canada at Colombo (SSC), Feb 4, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, Jan 8, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Netherlands v Afghanistan at Amstelveen, Aug 24-26, 2009 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Netherlands v Afghanistan at The Hague, Jul 29-30, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Netherlands v Afghanistan at Amstelveen, Aug 30, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||Bangladesh v Afghanistan at Dhaka, Oct 1, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Sri Lanka A v Afghanistan at Colombo (SSC), Feb 3, 2010 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Afghanistan v Zimbabwe at Sharjah, Jan 8, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/43, 4*||Afghanistan||v Bangladesh||Dhaka||1 Oct 2016||ODI # 3786|
|2/23, 9*||Afghanistan||v Bangladesh||Dhaka||28 Sep 2016||ODI # 3783|
|1/51, 3||Afghanistan||v Bangladesh||Dhaka||25 Sep 2016||ODI # 3781|
|32*, 0/4||Afghanistan||v BCB XI||Fatullah||23 Sep 2016||Other OD|
|1/32, 47||Amo Sharks||v MAK||Kabul||18 Aug 2016||Other T20|
|1/25, 6||Amo Sharks||v Kabul Eagles||Kabul||17 Aug 2016||Other T20|
|2/21||Amo Sharks||v BDD||Kabul||16 Aug 2016||Other T20|
|0/21, 2*||Amo Sharks||v SGT||Kabul||13 Aug 2016||Other T20|
|0/24, 2*||Amo Sharks||v BEAD||Kabul||12 Aug 2016||Other T20|
|3, 2/20||Amo Sharks||v MAK||Kabul||11 Aug 2016||Other T20|
Afghanistan's bowling attack has prospered on the strength of its express fast bowlers, but Mirwais Ashraf takes a rather different approach. Though he's tall and muscular, Ashraf bowls military medium pace and relies upon seam movement and nagging accuracy to tie batsmen down. He can prove very difficult to get away in short-format cricket, especially with the wicketkeeper up to the stumps, but he's also enjoyed success in the Intercontinental Cup. His 4 for 24 helped Afghanistan to a one-wicket win over Netherlands on his first class debut in 2009, and he's generally kept things very tidy since then.
Though he's usually located at the lower end of Afghanistan's batting line-up, Ashraf is a competent batsman with first-class and ODI fifties to his name. His athletic frame allows him to hit the ball a long way when he lines one up properly: he hit Albie Morkel for a towering, 91-metre six at the World T20, and won a game against UAE off his own bat in December 2014 with a breezy, run-a-ball fifty.
Also, which players have the most half-centuries without ever having made a hundred?
This Bangladesh are crazy if they think they can beat Sri Lanka in their own den. Right?