Aftab Ahmed

Country: Bangladesh
Born: November 10, 1985, Chittagong
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Aftab Ahmed Bio

Aftab Ahmed Chowdhury, commonly known as Aftab Ahmed, is a former professional cricketer from Bangladesh. Born on November 10, 1985, in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Aftab burst onto the international scene with his explosive batting and occasional medium-pace bowling.

Aftab first caught the attention of the Bangladeshi selectors in 2002 when he scored a brilliant 79 runs against South Africa in the Under-19 World Cup. This performance earned him a place in the national team, and a year later, he made his Test debut against England, despite not impressing in earlier warm-up matches. The local media was skeptical of his selection, considering him more suited for one-day cricket.

However, it didn’t take long for Aftab to silence his critics. During Bangladesh’s tour of England in 2005, he played a crucial role in their historic victory over Australia, smashing the winning runs with four and six off Jason Gillespie. He showed great potential with the bat, scoring a defiant and carefree 82 not out at Chester-le-Street, the highest score for Bangladesh in the Test series.

Aftab’s aggressive batting style, aiming to belt the covers off the ball, provided both excitement and frustration to fans and selectors alike. While he displayed immense potential, he struggled to maintain consistency, often falling victim to all-too-brief performances. In one-day cricket, however, he showed his prowess, particularly during an impressive one-day haul of 5 for 31 against New Zealand in November 2004.

Leading Bangladesh to a 3-2 series victory against Zimbabwe in January 2005, Aftab showcased his leadership skills. In the final match, he remained unbeaten on 81, guiding his team to a memorable win. Despite hitting a lean patch after his remarkable 82 at the Riverside, he managed to contribute with a few valuable fifties against Kenya and Zimbabwe. However, throughout his career, a century eluded him, with his highest score being 92 against Zimbabwe in February 2007.

Unfortunately, Aftab’s international career suffered a setback when he joined the rebel Indian Cricket League, leading to a ten-year ban. After just one season, he decided to leave the league and make himself available for selection once again. In January 2010, he made his comeback to international cricket during the home tri-series.

Aftab’s career statistics demonstrate his impact on the Bangladesh team. With a batting average approaching 30 in both Tests and ODIs, he contributed significantly to his team’s success. His dynamic style, explosive stroke play, and occasional medium-pace bowling made him a valuable asset to the team, especially in limited-overs cricket.

Although Aftab Ahmed’s career was marked by ups and downs, his undeniable talent and attacking approach left a lasting impression on Bangladesh cricket. While he may not have fulfilled his potential entirely, his contributions to the team and memorable performances remain etched in the nation’s cricketing history.

Aftab Ahmed Career Stats

Aftab Ahmed Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 16 31 3 582 82* 20.78 1173 49.61 0 1 78 3 7 0
T20Is 11 11 1 228 62* 22.8 178 128.08 0 1 26 6 4 0
ODIs 85 85 6 1954 92 24.73 2353 83.04 0 14 205 49 29 0
FC 61 111 9 2502 129 24.52 4438 56.37 1 9 - - 35 0
List A 125 125 7 2832 92 24 3529 80.24 0 19 - - 38 0
T20s 28 26 2 343 62* 14.29 313 109.58 0 1 41 6 4 0

Aftab Ahmed Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 16 9 344 237 5 2/31 2/31 47.4 4.13 68.8 0 0 0
T20Is 11 1 2 8 0 - - - 24 - 0 0 0
ODIs 85 30 739 656 12 5/31 5/31 54.66 5.32 61.5 0 1 0
FC 61 - 2508 1159 38 7/39 - 30.5 2.77 66 2 1 0
List A 125 - 1398 1126 21 5/31 5/31 53.61 4.83 66.5 0 1 0
T20s 28 2 8 24 0 - - - 18 - 0 0 0

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