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 Ur Rahman's current age is listed at 17, born in 2001. But former Afghanistan coach/Pakistan Test player Rashid Latif was quoted in an article published today on Dawn that he identified Mujeeb at a senior team trial in 2010. ???????????????? https://t.co/HRMyE4skRR pic.twitter.com/KvpfoqsQrj— Peter Della Penna (@PeterDellaPenna) October 15, 2018
Afghani player always hiding their age...you can see there U19 player....lol...— Jalan Dhami (@Jalan7Dhami) October 15, 2018
There should be a medical test to confirm the physical development of the player is below a threshold ..... Similar to one applied in Football.— Sandeep Dhakal (@sandeepdk37) October 16, 2018
Nepal U17 football team was disqualified from Asia Cup for fielding two over age players .....
This must also be the case in cricket ..
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.
Similar story with Rashid Khan supposedly pic.twitter.com/ScFHdw9MyA— Fawad’s Gaylestorm (@HedzCricket) October 15, 2018
Dude. Do you really think Rashid Khan is 20 years old? He must be atleast 25 years old. Do you remember a 18 year old Nepali captain named Raju Rijal during 2016 ICC under-19 WC? He was 25 year old Raju Sharma. What happened to him?— Rohan Aras (@RohanAras1) October 15, 2018