Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Zadran has been among the news over the last couple of months for his sensational performances for the Under-19 team. And now he has set a unique record. The moment he stepped on to the field as an international player for his team, he became the first ever male player from 21st century to play cricket.
The off-spinner has been in a sensational form lately. He recorded the 2nd best bowling figures in Youth ODI cricket with 7/19 against Bangladesh and starred in Youth Asia Cup in Malaysia with a 6-fer and a 5-fer against Pakistan.
Later, his performances earned him a call-up for Afghanistan’s 3-match ODI series against Ireland in UAE with the 16-year-old making his International debut in the first ODI played at the Sharjah. Thus, becaming the first player born in the 21st century to play International cricket in Men’s cricket.
The first ever cricketer of the 20th century was South Africa’s Buster Nupen, born on 1st January 1902 in Norway. Mujeeb also became the 9th youngest to make debut in ODI cricket and the youngest ever from Afghanistan to play International cricket.