Gulbadin Naib

ګلبدین نایب
Personal information
Full name Gulbudeen Naibګلبدين نایب
Born (1991-06-14) 14 June 1991
Logar Afghanistan
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side
ODI debut (cap 24) 9 August 2011 v Canada
Last ODI 6 January 2016 v Zimbabwe
ODI shirt no. 11
Domestic team information
2011/12 Afghan Cheetahs
Career statistics
Competition ODI FC LA T20I
Matches 8 1 26 11
Runs scored 70 13 532 168
Batting average 14.00 13.00 29.55 18.66
100s/50s –/– –/– 1/2 –/–
Top score 22 13 100 44
Balls bowled 128 36 386 18
Wickets 5 1 13
Bowling average 24.40 33.00 29.53
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 4/31 1/33 4/31
Catches/stumpings 1/– –/– 4/ 4/
Source: Cricinfo, 08 December 2013
Gulbadin Naib
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Afghanistan
Asian Games
2010 Guangzhou Team

Gulbadin Naib (born 16 March or 14 June 1991)[n 1] is an Afghan cricketer. Naib is a right-handed batsman who bowls right-arm fast-medium.His name is known in some sources as Gulbadin Naib and Gulbodin Naib.

Early life and career

Naib was born in Kacha Gari, Peshawar, Pakistan. in the east of Afghanistan. His father is unemployed.[1] He made his debut for Afghanistan against Japan in the 2008 World Cricket League Division Five, where he made five appearances.[2] He took part in the documentary Out of the Ashes which followed the teams preparation for the tournament and their lives back in Afghanistan, with Naib shown to be body building in a Kabul gym and stating Arnold Schwarzenegger to be one of his inspirations.[1] Two years after the filming of the documentary, following which Naib lost his place in the Afghan side, he was selected as part of Afghanistan's squad for the 2010 Asian Games, playing a single match in the games against Hong Kong.[2] Afghanistan won the silver medal in the competition. He made his List A debut for Afghanistan when they became the first side to tour Pakistan since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team, with Afghanistan playing three unofficial One Day Internationals (ODIs) against Pakistan A, with Naib playing two of the three matches in the series.[3]

International career

Naib made his One Day International debut against Canada in the 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup One-Day.[4] Later in the tour he made his Twenty20 debut against Trinidad and Tobago in the Cricket Canada Summer Festival, making a further appearance during the festival against Canada. Later in 2011, he played for the newly formed Afghan Cheetahs team in the Faysal Bank Twenty-20 Cup 2011-12, making three appearances in the competition against Rawalpindi Rams, Faisalabad Wolves and Multan Tigers.[5] He scored his maiden Twenty20 half century during the tournament, scoring 68 from 42 balls against Faisalabad Wolves.[6] In December 2011, his score of 57 runs from 50 balls in the final of the 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup helped Afghanistan to an 8 run victory over Hong Kong, securing Afghanistan their third ACC Twenty20 Cup title.[7][8]

Naib later featured in Afghanistan's first One Day International against a Full Member Test-playing nation when they played Pakistan at Sharjah in February 2012. Naib scored 7 runs in the match, before becoming one of Shahid Afridi's five wickets. Pakistan won the encounter by 7 wickets.[9] He was selected as part of Afghanistan's fourteen man squad for the 2012 World Twenty20 Qualifier held in the United Arab Emirates in March 2012.[10] It was during the tournament that Naib made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against the Netherlands. He made two further T20I appearances in the tournament,[11] as well as subsequently playing a further six Twenty20 matches against nations in the qualifier who themselves did not hold Twenty20 International status.[5] He scored 86 runs in the qualifier, at an average of 13.50, with a high score of 26 not out.[12] Shortly after the tournament, he featured in two ODIs against the Netherlands in the World Cricket League Championship.[4]

In July 2012, Naib was selected as part of Afghanistan's squad for their tour of Ireland as part of their Intercontinental Cup commitments.[13] He played in both of the teams World Cricket League Championship ODIs against Ireland,[4] though the first match was abandoned due to rain, while in the second match he claimed his maiden ODI wicket when he dismissed Niall O'Brien, while with the bat he scored 19 runs from 23 balls before being dismissed by George Dockrell, with Ireland winning the match by 59 runs.[14] He also made his first-class debut during the touring in the Intercontinental Cup fixture,[15] which saw Naib dismissed for 13 runs in his only innings of the match by Alex Cusack, while in Ireland's first-innings he took the wicket of Andrew Balbirnie to finish with figures of 1/33 from six overs.[16] In August 2012, Naib featured in Afghanistan's second ODI against a full-member when they played Australia at Sharjah.[4] In Australia's first-innings of 272/8, he bowled two overs which conceded 18 runs, though during the innings he did effect the run out of David Hussey. In Afghanistan's chase, he scored a quickfire 22 from 17 balls, which included three sixes, before he was dismissed by James Pattinson, with Australia winning by 66 runs.[17] During the match, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September 2012. He scored 44 against England, and was the only Afghan batsman to pass double figures as the English won by 119 runs.[18]

International Awards

One-Day International Cricket

Man of the Match awards

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Zimbabwe Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 6 January 2016 3-0-23-0 ; 82* (68 balls, 3x4, 6x6)  Afghanistan won by 2 wickets.[19]

Twenty20 International Cricket

Man of the Match Awards

# Series Date Match Performance Result
1 Afghanistan in Zimbabwe 28 October 2015 3-0-40-2, 2 ct. ; 56* (31 balls, 7x4)  Afghanistan won by 5 wickets.[20]
2 Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe in UAE 8 January 2016 37 (20 balls, 2x4, 3x6); 3-0-28-1, 1 ct. ; 1 run out.  Afghanistan won by 5 runs.[21]


  1. The authoritative cricket websites ESPNcricinfo and CricketArchive both have different dates of birth recorded for Naib. ESPNcricinfo states his date of birth as 14 June 1991, while CricketArchive states 16 March 1991.


  1. 1 2 Berry, Scyld (22 March 2012). "Afghanistan cricketers on the fast-track to Test status after World Twenty20 success in Dubai". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  2. 1 2 "Other matches played by Gulbudeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  3. "List A Matches played by Gulbudeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  4. 1 2 3 4 "One-Day International Matches played by Gulbudeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  5. 1 2 "Twenty20 Matches Played by Gulbudeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  6. "Afghan Cheetas v Faisalabad Wolves, 2011/12 Faysal Bank T-20 Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  7. "Ireland v Afghanistan, 2011 ACC Twenty20 Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  8. Nixon, Andrew (11 December 2011). "Afghanistan win ACC Twenty20 again". Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  9. Sundar, Nitin (10 February 2012). "Afridi sets up victory against spirited Afghanistan". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  10. "Squads for World Twenty20 Qualifier". 18 February 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  11. "International Twenty20 Matches played by Gulbadeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  12. "Twenty20 Batting and Fielding in Each Season by Gulbadeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  13. "Squads announced for fourth round of Pepsi ICC WCL Championship and I Cup". International Cricket Council. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  14. "Ireland v Afghanistan, 2011–13 ICC World Cricket League Championship". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  15. "First-Class Matches played by Gulbadeen Naib". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  16. "Ireland v Afghanistan, 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  17. "Afghanistan v Australia, 2012". CricketArchive. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  18. "Hamid Hassan returns for Afghanistan". ESPNcricinfo. 25 August 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  19. "Afghanistan v Zimbabwe ODI Series, 5th ODI Scorecard".
  20. "Afghanistan in Zimbabwe T20I Series, 2015 - 2nd T20I Scorecard". ESPNcricinfo. 25 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  21. [ .html "Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe T20I Series in UAE, 2016 - 1st T20I Scorecard"] Check |url= value (help). ESPNcricinfo. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016. line feed character in |url= at position 51 (help)
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