Shapoor Zadran is a professional Afghan cricketer born on 1 January 1985 in the Logar Province. He is tall left-arm fast bowler who bowls pretty fast.
He was a part of Afghanistan’s 2015 World Cup squad.
A young Shapoor had to move to Pakistan due to a war situation in his birthplace. He started playing season-ball cricket there and wanted to play for Pakistan. However, due to some coaching facilities available in his home country, he moved back and started his professional cricket career.
Since then, he has played for various teams in the Logar Province in the domestic competitions. He made his debut against Chitral in the 2003/04 Inter-District senior tournament.
Zadran then went on to make his List A debut for Badureliya Cricket Club in 2007. Couple of years later, he made his First Class debut for Afghanistan against Zimbabwe XI. His performances in these games made him earn a call up to the national side.
Shapoor’s first international match was an ODI against the Netherlands on 30 August 2009 at Amstelveen. The Dutch folded out for 188 as the debutant picked 4/24 in his 10 overs. However, Afghanistan could not chase down the target and lost the match by a thin margin of 8 runs.
The following year, he made his T20I debut against Ireland on 1 February 2010 at Colombo (PSS) in the Sri Lanka Associates T20 Series. Afghanistan scored 121/9 in their 20 overs. In the second innings, they could not stop the Irish batsmen as the target was chased down with 5 wickets in hand and 11 balls to spare. Zadran returned with figures of 0/18 in 2 overs.
Rise to Glory
Afghanistan played their second T20 World Cup in 2012. They faced India in their first match. With India batting first, Shapoor picked the wickets of both the Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. This was the performance that made him famous in cricketing fraternity and certainly the Indian contingent.
He captained the Boost Defenders in the 2017 Shpageeza Cricket League. His team included international stars like Chris Gayle, Cameron Delport, Gulbadin Naib, Jeevan Mendis and Navroz Mangal to name a few.