Ashington is delighted to announce the signing of Aghanistan sensation Younas Ahmadzai for their 2022 North East Premier League campaign.
Set for the big time…
Ahmadzai is an explosive batter who seems destined for the big time.
He has enjoyed considerable success at domestic level, culminating with Afghanistan Under-19, A, and Emerging Player’s inclusion.
He has excelled at all levels to date. After featuring for Afghanistan at the 2014 ICC Under-19 World Cup, he was picked up by the ‘A’ side in January 2016.
Younas starred on debut, striking a brilliant century (101) against Zimbabwe, which he followed-up with 50 in the second match. A year later, he struck another century against Zimbabwe (104), this time in the 50-over format, before an outstanding 51 against India Emerging Players in March 2017.
He continued to churn runs for fun at domestic level, this time helping Band-e-Amir Region to the 2017/18 Ahmad Shah Abdali 4-Day title, courtesy of 852 runs at 38.72. He saved his best performance for the final, striking a match-winning double century, finishing 210 not out from 252 balls.
He has subsequently rattled off a further 2 centuries, with season averages of 34.37 (2018/19), and 44.00 (2019/20).
Younas is a well-rounded cricketer – not only adept at batting time, as he proved during his double ton in the ASA final, but also an exceptional ball-striker in white-ball cricket, with a T20 strike rate nudging 120.
Whilst known for his batting ability, Younas is a competent off-spinner, but due to the strength and depth of spin in Afghanistan, bowling opportunities at domestic level are limited.
Younas signs for Ashington
An incredibly talented cricketer – Younas is now set to embark on his maiden UK stint in 2022 having recently signed with Ashington, which plays home to Mark Wood, for their North East Premier League campaign.