Mujeeb ur Rahman, who was earlier known as Mujeeb Zadran, is one of the leading spinners of the Afghanistan cricket team along with Rashid Khan. He was the first male to play international cricket who was born in the 21st century, when he made his debut in December last year. He also became the youngest cricketer to take a five-wicket haul in ODIs.
Mujeeb made his List A debut for Speen Ghar Region in the 2017 Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament on 10 August 2017. From there, he has represented multiple T20 teams around the world.
Mujeeb was part of an Afghanistan Under-19 side that clinically dismantled Bangladesh 3-1 in their own den. Bowling predominantly with the new ball, Mujeeb, who picked up eight wickets in the first three games of that series, nearly doubled his tally during the course of a nine-over spell in which he took 7 for 19, the joint second-best best bowling figures in all Youth ODIs. This performance was all the more spectacular as it helped Afghanistan defend 133. Mujeeb went on to pick up 17 wickets in the series, the most by a bowler in a bilateral Youth ODI series. In May 2018, he was signed by Hampshire County Cricket Club to play in the 2018 t20 Blast tournament in England. In September 2018, he was named in Nangarhar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.He was the joint-leading wicket-taker for the Nangarhar Leopards in the tournament, with twelve dismissals in nine matches.
In 2018, he became the youngest player to play in the Indian Premier League, when he plied his trade for the Kings XI Punjab. He was one of their best bowlers this year and played a huge role in their success in the first half of the tournament. Unfortunately, he injured himself towards the end of the tournament and he wasn't able to participate in KXIP's final few games. He played in 11 matches and took 14 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 6.99. His delivery to dismiss Virat Kohli early on in the tournament is still remembered by fans as one of the most magical deliveries of that season of IPL. He didn’t have a memorable 2019 season as he picked up only three wickets from five games but was still retained by the franchise for the 2020 season.
Mujeeb played a huge role in Afghanistan's success at the ICC World Cup Qualifying tournament in 2018 after making his ODI debut against Ireland a year earlier in 2017. He picked up four wickets in the final against the West Indies, which helped them win the match as well.
In the early part of his international career, Mujeeb formed a formidable spin attack alongside Rashid Khan and Zahir Khan in the young and talented Afghanistan team. On February 16, 2018, Mujeeb claimed his maiden ODI five-wicket haul against Zimbabwe in Sharjah. He became the youngest player ever to take an ODI five-wicket haul and was named the man of the match.
A month later in March, Mujeeb registered another impressive figures against West Indies (4/43) where he got the likes of Chris Gayle and Rovman Powell among the big wickets.
Mujeeb was part of Afghanistan's 2019 World Cup squad under the captaincy of Gulbadin Naib. He played seven matches in the marquee event and scalped seven wickets at an average of 37 and economy of 4.48. His best match figures in the World Cup were 3/39 against Bangladesh.
In January 2022, the Afghanistan off-spinner recorded 4 for 32 from 9.4 overs against the Netherlands in the second ODI in Doha. He finished the three-match series with seven wickets at 14.29.
Mujeeb was named in Afghanistan's squad for their historic first ever Test match versus India at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru from June 14-18 in 2018 and that remains his only Test appearance so far.
Mujeeb made his debut in T20 Internationals on February 5, 2018 against Zimbabwe in Sharjah. He didn't pick any wicket in his first match but Afghanistan went on to win the game by five wickets. Mujeeb castled Zimbabwe opener Solomon Mire to register his maiden wicket in T20I cricket and followed up with senior player Hamilton Masakadza's dismissal to return with 2/21 from four overs.
In September 2019, Mujeeb picked 4 for 15 from four overs against Bangladesh in a tri-series match in Dhaka. Afganistan defended 164 as Mujeeb fired them up to 25-run victory.
Mujeeb was named in Afghanistan's 15-member squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup in UAE. Playing in his first match against Scotland, Mujeeb routed the opposition with his wily variations to record career-best figures of 5/20 in as Scotland were bundled up for 60.
Mujeeb endured an injury in the middle of the tournament and missed a couple of games against Namibia and India. He returned back to the team against New Zealand in their final group stage match and picked the wicket of Daryl Mitchell although they lost by eight wickets and that was the end of their journey in the tournament.
In Asia Cup 2022, Mujeeb picked seven wickets in the tournament at an average of 15.86 and economy of 5.55 with best performance against Bangladesh - 3/16. Mujeeb was named in the national team's squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.
The spin bowler got to play just two games under KL Rahul-led team for the 2020 season in UAE. He failed to pick a wicket and conceded 83 runs in those two games.
The spin bowler was released by PBKS ahead of IPL 2021. He joined Sunrisers Hyderabad that year after being picked by the franchise for INR 1.5 crore, however, he played just one match in the tournament.
Mujeeb went unsold in the IPL 2022 mega auction as none of the 10 franchises showed interest in him.
Mujeeb has also played for Comilla Victorians (Bangladesh Premier League), Brisbane Heat (Big Bash League), Middlesex (Vitality T20 Blast), Jamaica Tallawahs (Caribbean Premier League) and Peshawar Zalmi (Pakistan Super League).
Mujeeb is the nephew of famous Afghan cricketer Noor Ali Zadran. When he was just 3 months old, he lost his father. He speaks in the ‘Pashto’ language and his coach translates it.