Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar2022-03-23T13:48:57+00:00

Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar

Date of Birth 30/12/1997
Age 24
NationalityAfghan
Player Status Unavailable
Playing Role Bowler (Spin)
Bowling Style SLA Orthodox Spin
Batting Style LH Lower Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Afghanistan A, Afghanistan Emerging Team, Afghanistan U19s, Amo Region, Chattogram Challengers, Mis Ainak Knights, Mis Ainak Region, Paktia Province
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar is an exceptional spin bowling talent on the verge of Afghanistan selection.

The left-arm tweaker holds the record for the equal quickest bowler to take 100 first-class wickets (in 70-years).

It's fair to say, if it weren't for Afghanistan's embarrassment of riches in the spin department, to include the likes of Rashid, Nabi, and Mujeeb, Akbar would be an international regular.

Akbar broke into domestic cricket during a 2017/18 season that saw him capture 101 first-class wickets. He bagged 8 five-wicket bags, 2 ten-wicket match hauls, best figures of 7-70, and boasted an impressive bowling average of 19.75.

During his maiden domestic season, Akbar excelled in both the Ahmad Shah Abdali (55 wickets at 19.74) and Ahmad Shah Abdali (46 wickets at 19.76) 4-Day Tournaments, respectively. Akbar topped the former wicket charts and finished 4th during the latter to propel his name onto the national radar.

Akbar has continued to shine ever since, dominating the domestic scene across all formats.

Whilst known for his left-arm spin, he is a useful middle-order bat with 2 first-class fifties and an average approaching 20.

The talented all-rounder has already featured for Afghanistan Under-19s, Emerging Players, and the A side in recent years. He is now eager to break into the national side.

Looking to continue his development, Akbar spent a sensation season playing for Lytham in Division 1 of the Liverpool League in 2022.

He was simply outstanding - 85 wickets at 6.67 with 12 five-wicket hauls on the bounce to conclude the season.

He finished second on the League wicket charts, only finishing 2 wickets behind the leader who bowled 70 more overs.

He picked up a wicket every 19.59 balls and enjoyed an economy rate of 2.04. Incredibly, his last 5 game figures read 7-26 (19), 7-22 (21.1), 9-36 (18.5), 6-43 (22.5), and 7-26 (11.4).

An absolute star, Akbar is a future international prospect who is unavailable for now, but will be keen for a UK return in future.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Lytham (2021) 14 11 2 151 48* 16.78 277.3 567 85 9/36 6.67
Date of Birth 30/12/1997
Age 24
NationalityAfghan
Player StatusUnavailable
Playing RoleBowler (Spin)
Player Status Unavailable
Bowling Style SLA Orthodox Spin
Batting Style LH Lower Order Bat
Entry Route International Sportsperson Visa
Major Teams Afghanistan A, Afghanistan Emerging Team, Afghanistan U19s, Amo Region, Chattogram Challengers, Mis Ainak Knights, Mis Ainak Region, Paktia Province
Coaching Qualifications UKCC Level 2

Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar is an exceptional spin bowling talent on the verge of Afghanistan selection.

The left-arm tweaker holds the record for the equal quickest bowler to take 100 first-class wickets (in 70-years).

It's fair to say, if it weren't for Afghanistan's embarrassment of riches in the spin department, to include the likes of Rashid, Nabi, and Mujeeb, Akbar would be an international regular.

Akbar broke into domestic cricket during a 2017/18 season that saw him capture 101 first-class wickets. He bagged 8 five-wicket bags, 2 ten-wicket match hauls, best figures of 7-70, and boasted an impressive bowling average of 19.75.

During his maiden domestic season, Akbar excelled in both the Ahmad Shah Abdali (55 wickets at 19.74) and Ahmad Shah Abdali (46 wickets at 19.76) 4-Day Tournaments, respectively. Akbar topped the former wicket charts and finished 4th during the latter to propel his name onto the national radar.

Akbar has continued to shine ever since, dominating the domestic scene across all formats.

Whilst known for his left-arm spin, he is a useful middle-order bat with 2 first-class fifties and an average approaching 20.

The talented all-rounder has already featured for Afghanistan Under-19s, Emerging Players, and the A side in recent years. He is now eager to break into the national side.

Looking to continue his development, Akbar spent a sensation season playing for Lytham in Division 1 of the Liverpool League in 2022.

He was simply outstanding - 85 wickets at 6.67 with 12 five-wicket hauls on the bounce to conclude the season.

He finished second on the League wicket charts, only finishing 2 wickets behind the leader who bowled 70 more overs.

He picked up a wicket every 19.59 balls and enjoyed an economy rate of 2.04. Incredibly, his last 5 game figures read 7-26 (19), 7-22 (21.1), 9-36 (18.5), 6-43 (22.5), and 7-26 (11.4).

An absolute star, Akbar is a future international prospect who is unavailable for now, but will be keen for a UK return in future.

Team (Season) Mts Inns NO Runs HS Ave Ovs Runs Wkts BB Avg
Lytham (2021) 14 11 2 151 48* 16.78 277.3 567 85 9/36 6.67
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