Ajaz Patel

Ajaz Patel

New Zealand|Bowler
Ajaz Patel

INTL CAREER: 2018 - 2021

Full Name

Ajaz Yunus Patel


October 21, 1988, Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India


32y 282d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Slow left arm orthodox

Playing Role



One minute, he was sitting down to eat dinner with nearly 30 of his closest family. The next, he was being told that he was on the Test squad to play for New Zealand. Meet Ajaz Patel, a left-arm spinner who was, like many before him, a fast bowler growing up.

It wasn't until he was in his twenties that he realised he needed to make a change. "Being 5 foot 6 wasn't quite going to cut it at the next level." Dabbling with it in a club game, he realised it might even be fun to bowl spin and the rest, as it turned out, was history. On October 31, 2018 - at the age of 30 - Ajaz opened the bowling for New Zealand in a T20I against Pakistan. Exactly like his coach Dipak Patel did in the 1992 World Cup. Clearly, it was kismet.

Ajaz's rise to international cricket was built on repeated success at domestic level. He was the highest wicket-taker in first-class cricket for three years running before he got the call from selector Gavin Larsen in July 2018. In fact, he had played an immense part in Central Stags winning the title that year with 48 wickets at 21.52. Having emigrated with his family from Mumbai in 1996, he became the fifth Indian-origin cricketer to play for New Zealand since Ted Badcock, Tom Puna, Ish Sodhi and his buddy from school Jeet Raval.

Career Averages

List A312915251402313/433/4345.225.5149.10000
Batting & Fielding
List A311971814515.0821783.4100194150
Ajaz Yunus Patel
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Recent Matches - Player

New Zealand vs England202/34 & 2/2510-Jun-2021BirminghamTest # 2423
Central D vs Canterbury51/11403-Apr-2021NapierFC
Central D vs Wellington2 & 521/6711-Mar-2021NapierFC
Central D vs Northern Dis450/5328-Feb-2021HamiltonList A
Central D vs Auckland12/5121-Feb-2021AucklandList A


Neil Wagner, Jeet Raval, Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville and Tim Southee during the Auckland leg of the mace tour
Ajaz Patel and Tim Southee pose with a fan during the mace tour
New Zealand's bowling unit (left to right), Matt Henry, Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme, pose with the WTC mace
New Zealand's 15 for the WTC final with their prize: (front L to R) Ajaz Patel, BJ Watling, Devon Conway, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Tom Latham, Trent Boult, (back L to R), Will Young, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme
The New Zealand contingent - players and support staff - pose for a formal team photo ahead of the WTC final
Smiles all around for New Zealand after Ajaz Patel and Tom Blundell combine to see the end of Joe Root