Mujeeb hit with age controversy

Afghanistan right arm off-break bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been pulled in to the age controversy by the statement of former Pakistan cricketer and Afghanistan coach, Rashid Latif.

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Afghanisthan Cricket team is showing tremendous growth in the game in recent times. To witness the growth, ICC awarded the full time membership for Afghanistan along with Ireland.

They started their journey in white clothes recently in India. In the recent times Afghan players are getting good reputation among the people in cricketing fraternity. Their performances in the T20 leagues is one off the main reasons for that.

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The right arm off-break bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman is also included in the bunch of players. He is highly recognised since his performances for Kings XI Punjab in this year’s IPL.

He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2017 ACC Under-19 Cup with twenty wickets in five matches that helped Afghanistan win their maiden title. Since then he got his call up to the main national side.

With things going good around him, he is been pulled into a controversy regarding his age. According to Wikipedia and web pages, his current age is just 17 as he was born on March 28, 2001.

But the former Pakistan cricketer and Afghanistan coach Rashid Latif has said that he spotted the spinner eight years back at an international team trial during his coaching stint with Afghanistan in 2010.

“I was approached by Hamid Shinwari, the then CEO of the board, and I travelled to Afghanistan to find a good bunch of players during a short camp in Kabul. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Amir Hamza and a few others were potentially good cricketers.”

Inclusion of Mujeeb’s name in the statement from the former Pakistan cricketer has raised some questions on the spinner. The Pakistan cricketer further expressed about the growth of Afghanistan during his coaching period.

“Gulbadin Naib, a junior level bodybuilder, too caught my attention but then he left the scene. Still, I remembered his name because it reminded me of the Afghan leader Gulbadin Hikmatyar. I summoned Gulbadin to the following camp in Jalalabad,” he added.

“On-field skills are one aspect of the game, but the attitude of the Afghan cricketers is unmatched. They respect their teachers so much that a single motivational sentence can make them give their all. Still, they need mentoring more than coaching,” he concluded.

Mujeeb is not the first Afghan cricketer to get trapped in the age issue. His spin partner Rashid Khan was also stuck in the same case some times back.

 

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