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.
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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.
He 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.
He has formed a formidable partnership along with Rashid Khan and Zahir Khan, who are the two other spinners in the Afghanistan side. On 16 February 2018 against Zimbabwe at Sharjah, Mujeeb took his maiden ODI five-wicket haul. He became the youngest player ever to take an ODI five-wicket haul and was named the man of the match.
Mujeeb was named in Afghanistan's squad to take on India in their inaugural Test match, which took place in Bengaluru from June 14-18 in 2018 and that remains his only Test appearance so far.
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.