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Gulbadin Naib

Afghanistan|Batting Allrounder
Gulbadin Naib
INTL CAREER: 2011 - 2024
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Full Name

Gulbadin Naib


June 04, 1991, Logar, Afghanistan


33y 18d

Also Known As

Gulbadeen Naib

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Medium fast

Playing Role

Batting Allrounder

Gulbadin Naib's first love in sport was amateur bodybuilding, not cricket. When he eventually did take the game up, however, he progressed quickly through Afghanistan's age-group sides as a batting allrounder and was the youngest member of the team that won the Division Five tournament in 2008 - the first stepping stone to the full world stage.

But Naib was dropped soon after, and had to deal with hardship in his personal life: his father was unemployed, his mother had hepatitis, and the family was struggling to deal with the needs of his disabled sister. Happily, Naib was able to force his way back into the national team in 2011 and settled into a floating role in Afghanistan's middle order, chipping in with both bat and ball. His maiden international fifty contributed to Afghanistan's first T20I series win over a Full Member, against Zimbabwe in October 2015. A few months later, he scored his first ODI fifty in a series win against the same opposition, to help Afghanistan break into the top ten in the ODI rankings. His biggest test came when he was promoted to captain the side for the 2019 World Cup; unfortunately Afghanistan failed to win a single game in the tournament.

Gulbadin Naib Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A12510815219610023.61265982.581917966380


List A125112418038591206/436/4332.155.5334.8610
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Photos of Gulbadin Naib

Gulbadin Naib was steady after early losses
Gulbadin Naib celebrates the wicket of Shai Hope
Gulbadin Naib kept Afghanistan's chase on track
Gulbadin Naib's unbeaten 55 took the contest to Super Over
Gulbadin Naib scored his second T20I fifty
Gulbadin Naib brings out his trademark celebration