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Shapoor Zadran

Shapoor Zadran

Afghanistan Afghanistan

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BORN July 8, 1987
BIRTH PLACE Logar Province, Afghanistan
ROLE Bowler
BOWLING STYLE Left-arm fast medium
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Shapoor Zadran, a tall, lanky fast bowler from Afghanistan made his name by bowling with pace and aggression. He is 6-feet tall and has a run-up which almost starts at the boundary line. Shapoor had a tough life, moving from Afghanistan to Pakistan to pursue his cricket dreams due to war breaking out in his region. He aimed to play for Pakistan but went back to Afghanistan to continue his cricketing career. Shapoor idolizes Shoaib Akhtar and one can see a glimpse of the Rawalpindi Express in his bowling run-up. Zadran made his first-class debut against the Zimbabwe XI in 2009 but had a quiet game as he finished with just two wickets in the match.

Shapoor made his ODI debut in 2009 against the Netherlands and was the best bowler on show for Afghanistan, picking up 4 wickets for just 24 runs but still his team ended on the losing side. A T20I debut soon followed against Ireland but Zadran could not make the same impact as he did on his ODI debut. He was expensive and did not pick up a single wicket. Zadran was part of Afghanistan's 2009 ACC T20 Cup winning squad where he played an important role in the T20 Qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup and helped his side qualify for the main tournament.

In the 2012 T20 World Cup, Zadran stitched a record 9th wicket partnership (44 runs) with Gulbadin Naib and was also the only bowler from Afghanistan to take more than 10 wickets in the 2015 World Cup, further showing that he is a class bowler. Later on, Zadran lost some of his bowling form and injuries also took a toll on his body.

After spending some time away from the national team, Shapoor made a return to the T20I squad in 2020 following some great domestic performances but he could not make the same impact that he made when he began his career. Shapoor was a part of the Test squad which played against Bangladesh in 2019 but he is yet to make his debut in that format.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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