Mohammad Asghar Afghan is an Afghan cricketer who was born on 22 February 1987 at Kabul in Afghanistan. He is a right-handed batsman and a right-hand medium fast bowler. He is a middle-order batsman and his primary role in his team is that of a batsman, but he can also come out handy as a bowler when needed. He is also known as Asghar Salimkhail and holds the glory of being the first Test Captain of Afghanistan.
Asghar Afghan made his Test debut as the first captain of the Afghanistan cricket team against India on 14 June 2018. The match ended in just two days with India winning the match by an innings and 262 runs. Asghar Afghan scored 11 runs in the first innings and 25 runs in the second innings in that match.
Asghar Afghan made his T20 International debut in the 2010 Quadrangular series against Sri Lanka, Ireland and Canada. He played his first match against Ireland and scored just 1 run and Afghanistan lost the match by 5 wickets.
His One Day International debut came on 19 April 2009 against Scotland. He scored only 9 runs in that match but Afghanistan managed to win the match by 89 runs by the contribution of other players.
Asghar Afghan has played 94 One Day Internationals for Afghanistan and has scored 1794 runs at an average of 21.87, which includes 8 half centuries and 1 century. He has also taken 3 wickets in One Day Internationals at an average of 30.33 in 94 matches.
Asghar has played 2 Test matches for Afghanistan as well and has scored 103 runs at an average of 34.33 along with one-half century.
In T20 Internationals, Asghar Afghan has played 56 matches and has scored 1031 runs at an average of 21.93, which includes 3 half-centuries as well. He has also taken a wicket in T20Is and has a bowling average of just 4.0
Asghar Afghan has played 24 First Class Matches in which he has scored 1457 runs at an average of 42.85, which includes 5 centuries and 3 half centuries. He is also a member of Amo Region and Afghanistan Eagles domestic teams.
Asghar Afghan plays for Kandahar Knights, which is a franchise of the Afghanistan Premier League. He has played 8 matches in the league and scored 264 runs at a strike rate of 146.67 and a top score of 74 runs.