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Waqar Salamkheil

Waqar Salamkheil
Personal information
Full name
Mohammad Waqar Salamkheil
Born (2001-10-02) 2 October 2001 (age 22)[dubiousdiscuss]
Kabul, Afghanistan
BowlingLeft-arm unorthodox spin
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 14)15 March 2019 v Ireland
Domestic team information
2018Kandahar Knights
2019Comilla Victorians
2019Peshawar Zalmi
Career statistics
Competition FC LA T20
Matches 12 8 23
Runs scored 110 3 8
Batting average 10.00 1.00 -
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 29 2 6*
Balls bowled 3,054 372 515
Wickets 74 4 33
Bowling average 24.48 73.50 21.06
5 wickets in innings 6 0 0
10 wickets in match 1 0 0
Best bowling 7/53 2/22 4/25
Catches/stumpings 9/– 3/– 2/–
Source: Cricinfo, 23 September 2022

Waqar Salamkheil (born 2 October 2001)[dubiousdiscuss] is an Afghan cricketer. He made his Test cricket debut for the Afghanistan cricket team in March 2019.[1]

Domestic and T20 career

He made his first-class debut for Band-e-Amir Region in the 2017–18 Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament on 19 November 2017, taking five wickets for 162 in the second innings.[2] He finished the 2017–18 Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament as the joint-leading wicket-taker, with a total of 55 wickets.[3]

In September 2018, he was named in Kandahar's squad in the first edition of the Afghanistan Premier League tournament.[4] He made his Twenty20 debut for Kandahar Knights in the 2018–19 Afghanistan Premier League on 6 October 2018.[5] In October 2018, he was named in the squad for the Comilla Victorians team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[6]

In July 2019, he was selected to play for the Edinburgh Rocks in the inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cricket tournament.[7][8] However, the following month the tournament was cancelled.[9] In September 2019, he was named in the squad for the Tshwane Spartans team for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament.[10]

He made his List A debut for Band-e-Amir Region in the 2019 Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament on 10 September 2019.[11] In September 2020, he was the joint-leading wicket-taker in the 2020 Shpageeza Cricket League, with thirteen dismissals in seven matches.[12] In August 2021, he was selected to play for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 2021 Caribbean Premier League.[13]

International career

In February 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's Test squad for their one-off match against Ireland in India.[14][15] He made his Test debut for Afghanistan against Ireland on 15 March 2019.[16] In March 2021, the Afghanistan Cricket Board confirmed that he was pending selection for the Twenty20 International (T20I) matches against Zimbabwe,[17] once his visa issues had been resolved.[18]


  1. ^ "Waqar Salamkheil". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ "11th Match, Alokozay Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament at Khost, Nov 19-22 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  3. ^ "2017–18 Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-day Tournament: Most Wickets". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Gayle, Afridi, Russell: icons in Afghanistan Premier League". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  5. ^ "2nd Match (D/N), Afghanistan Premier League at Sharjah, Oct 6 2018". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Eoin Morgan to represent Dublin franchise in inaugural Euro T20 Slam". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Euro T20 Slam Player Draft completed". Cricket Europe. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Inaugural Euro T20 Slam cancelled at two weeks' notice". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  10. ^ "MSL 2.0 announces its T20 squads". Cricket South Africa. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Ghazi Amanullah Khan Regional One Day Tournament at Amanullah, Sep 10 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Records: Shpageeza Cricket League, 2020: Most wickets". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Afghanistan's Qais Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq and Waqar Salamkheil set to feature in CPL 2021". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Mujeeb left out for Ireland Test, Shahzad out of T20Is". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  15. ^ "No Mujeeb in Tests as Afghanistan announce squads for Ireland series". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Only Test, Ireland tour of India at Dehra Dun, Mar 15-19 2019". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  17. ^ "Afghanistan T20I squad announced albeit visa issues for Some Players". Afghanistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  18. ^ "Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib wait on 'visa issue' ahead of T20I series". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
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