Hashmatullah Shahidi also known as Hashmat Shaidi is a professional cricketer who plays for Afghanistan. The 24-year-old was born on 4 November 1994 in Logar, Afghanistan. He is a left-hand batsman and right-arm off-break bowler. He generally plays the role of a top order batsman in the team.
Shahidi began his cricketing journey in the Under-17 national side. He was included in Afghanistan’s squad for the 2010 Under-19 World Cup held in New Zealand at a young age of 16.
He made his T20I debut against Kenya on 30 September 2013 in what has been his only T20I match so far. He made his ODI debut for Afghanistan in October of 2013 against Kenya. A year later, in 2014 he was the part of Afghanistan’s Under-19 squad which defeated the likes of Sri Lanka and Australia. For his good performance, he was included in the squad for the first full tour of Zimbabwe by Afghanistan.
The highlight of his first-class career has been his innings of 163 runs in the final of the 2017-18 Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament, batting for Band-e-Amir Region against Speen Ghar Region. His Test debut came against India, on 14 June 2018, in what was Afghanistan’s first ever Test match. He was the top scorer for his team in the second innings of the match with an unbeaten 36.
In February 2019, he was selected for Afghanistan’s one-off match against Ireland in India. Two months later, in April, he was named in Afghanistan’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.