Yamin Ahmadzai is a professional Afghan cricketer born on 25 July 1992 in Laghman. He is a right-arm medium-fast bowler.
He was a member of Afghanistan’s first-ever Test match in 2018.
Yamin played cricket at the U19 level for Afghanistan in the 2010 U19 World Cup. He could play just three matches in the tournament but had a major contribution in the event that followed the next year. He helped the national Youth side to qualify for the 2012 U19 World Cup as they finished fourth in the points table of the 2011 U19 World Cup Qualifiers.
From 2011, he kept playing in the Faysal Bank Twenty20 Cup that eventually led to his selection in the senior national T20 side.
Ahmadzai made his T20I debut for Afghanistan against Oman on 29 November 2015 at Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan made 159 in their 20 overs with Yamin’s contribution being a single off the penultimate delivery of the innings. He then opened the bowling for his side and picked 2/31 in 3.1 overs as Scotland were skittled out for 132. Afghanistan won the match by 27 runs.
He made his ODI debut almost a month later against Zimbabwe on 25 December 2015 at Sharjah. Afghanistan scored 131 in 38.5 overs on a slow pitch. They managed to snatch a victory in a low-scoring match as the Zimbabweans were all out for just 82. Ahmadzai bowled 3 overs and conceded just 4 runs including a maiden over. Afghanistan won the match by 49 runs.
Yamin played the first-ever Test match for Afghanistan against India in Bangalore that started on 14 June 2018. He has the distinction of picking up the first-ever Test wicket for Afghanistan as he got the wicket of centurion Shikhar Dhawan in the second session on Day 1. He picked 3/51 as India piled up a score of 474. The visitors were then bowled for 109 and 103 (following on) as they lost the match by an innings and 262 runs.
Yamin plays for the Afghan Cheetahs in the Faysal Bank Twenty20 Cup, which is the premier T20 competition in Afghanistan. He played his First Class cricket for the Habib Bank Limited, a Pakistani First Class team, in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. The team was scrapped after the 2019 edition as they did not renew any player contracts.