Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman draws flak over fake age

As per former Afghanistan coach/Pakistan Test player Rashid Latif, Mujeeb, 17, was at a senior team trial back in 2010.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman | Getty

Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who took the cricketing fraternity by storm during the IPL 2018 for Kings XI Punjab, has grabbed the headlines for listing fake age on various platforms.

As per Mujeeb’s Wikipedia page, he was born on 28th March 2001 and is only 17-year-old as yet. However, it doesn’t seem to be true if you go by the recent interview of former Pakistan cricketer Rashid Latif, who has coached Afghanistan in 2010.

In an exclusive interview with Dawn, Latif said he has identified Mujeeb at a senior team trial when his coaching stint with Afghanistan started.

“I was approached by Hamid Shinwari, the then CEO of the board, and I travelled 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,” Latif quoted.

“Gulbadin Naib, a junior level bodybuilder, too caught my attention but then he left the scene. Still, I remembered his name because it reminded me of the Afghan leader Gulbadin Hikmatyar. I summoned Gulbadin to the following camp in Jalalabad,” he added.

As the news got viral on social media, Mujeeb Ur Rahman drew flak from the cricket fraternity.

Mujeeb is not the only Afghan cricketer who is said to be giving wrong information about his age. Leg-spin sensation Rashid Khan, whose current age is listed at 20, born in 1998, supposedly has a similar story.



By Salman Anjum - 16 Oct, 2018

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