Afghan spin sensation Mujeeb Ur Rahman's age controversy clarified by Pakistan media

Rashid Latif had erred in his statement to Pakistan media regarding Mujeeb's age.

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Cricket world was amazed seeing a teenager bowling like a dream in international cricket. A 17-year-old spinner from Afghanistan was making batsmen dance on his tunes. The name is Mujeeb Ur Rahman. More than his bowling, the talent he has at this young age made the headlines.

Mujeeb is the first player from the 21st century to play international cricket. But is he really 17? His profile on various cricket websites states he was born in March 2001 which proves his claim correct.

But recently former Pakistan cricketer and Afghanistan coach Rashid Latif's statement had put a big question mark on his age. In an interview, Latif said, "I was approached by Hamid Shinwari, the then CEO of the board, and traveled to Afghanistan to find a good bunch of players during a short camp in Kabul. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Amir Hamza and a few others were potentially good cricketers."

As per Latif, he already spotted Mujeeb in a senior's coaching camp back in 2010. That makes the leggie much older than he claims.

But later, the editor of Dawn Asif Khan cleared it himself by speaking to Latif about the piece doing rounds on social media. He wrote on Twitter, “Just checked with Latif & he pointed out this as a mistake. He said it was Najeeb, not Mujeeb. Writer’s fault! my apologies."


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 18 Oct, 2018

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