Azeem Rafiq

Country: England
Born: February 27, 1991, Karachi, Sind
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Bowler

Azeem Rafiq Bio

Azeem Rafiq is an English cricketer who has made a mark in the sport with his immense talent and leadership skills. Born in Pakistan, Rafiq moved to England with his family in 2001 and quickly showcased his cricketing abilities, earning him a spot in the England Under-15 and Under-17 sides.

Rafiq’s journey in cricket began at a young age, and he rose through the ranks in Yorkshire, catching the attention of selectors and fans alike. In 2012, he achieved a significant milestone when he became the first cricketer of Asian origin to captain Yorkshire in the Friends Life t20 tournament. Under his captaincy, Yorkshire won five out of six matches, placing them on track for the quarter-finals. His leadership qualities and aggressive style of play earned him praise from his teammates and coach, Andrew Gale.

However, Rafiq’s debut for Yorkshire in 2008 was marred by controversy. Due to an oversight by the club, his appearance in a group stage win over Nottinghamshire in the Twenty20 Cup quarter-final led to questions regarding his eligibility. It was revealed that he was not properly registered and didn’t possess a British passport, rendering him ineligible to play for the team. Despite this setback, Rafiq persevered and soon rebounded, scoring a first-class century in only his second match.

The following year, Rafiq was chosen as the captain of the England Under-19 team for the World Cup. However, he faced disciplinary issues after being dropped from the team, leading to a one-month ban from all cricket. This incident taught him a valuable lesson, and he started combining his competitive edge with maturity.

Rafiq’s talent and performances earned him recognition, and he was named BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for Yorkshire in 2006. He continued to excel in the four-day format, becoming an essential player in Yorkshire’s quest for promotion to the First Division in the Championship in 2012. In the final match, he played a crucial role with both bat and ball, helping Yorkshire secure victory and promotion.

Despite early success, Rafiq faced challenges in progressing further. An injury affected his bowling rhythm, and a lack of opportunities in different formats led to his release from Yorkshire in 2014. However, he did not give up and spent two years playing in league cricket, where he refined his skills and gained perspective on his career.

In 2016, Yorkshire decided to give Rafiq another chance, recognizing his potential and the impact he could have in Twenty20 cricket. Over time, he developed a shrewd cricketing mind and became a key component of Yorkshire’s T20 side. While championship success remained elusive, he was awarded the county cap by Yorkshire, a poignant moment captured in a touching video released by the club.

Azeem Rafiq’s journey in cricket has seen both highs and lows, but his determination and love for the sport have set him apart. With a strong cricketing acumen, Rafiq continues to contribute to the game, showcasing his skills and striving for success in all formats. His story serves as an inspiration to young cricketers and a reminder of the importance of perseverance and commitment.

Azeem Rafiq Career Stats

Azeem Rafiq Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
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FC 39 47 5 873 100 20.78 1576 55.39 1 4 103 4 15 0
List A 35 24 10 252 52* 18 266 94.73 0 1 14 6 15 0
T20s 95 37 24 153 21* 11.76 164 93.29 0 0 11 1 36 0

Azeem Rafiq Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 39 61 5433 2861 72 5/50 8/115 39.73 3.15 75.4 1 1 0
List A 35 32 1353 1275 43 5/30 5/30 29.65 5.65 31.4 1 1 0
T20s 95 95 1937 2489 102 5/19 5/19 24.4 7.7 18.9 0 1 0

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