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Raees Ahmadzai
Personal information
Full name Raees Khan Ahmadzai
Born 6 September 1984 (1984-09-06) (age 25)
Logar, Afghanistan
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm Off break
International information
National side Afghanistan
ODI debut 19 April 2009 v Scotland
Last ODI 1 September 2009 v Netherlands
Domestic team information
Years Team
2008 – Afghanistan
2007 Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club
Career statistics
Competition ODI List-A
Matches 3 13
Runs scored 45 234
Batting average 22.50 26.00
100s/50s 0/0 0/1
Top score 39 50*
Balls bowled 126
Wickets 1
Bowling average 91.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 1/37
Catches/stumpings 2/– 6/–
Source: CricketArchive, 5 September 2009

Raees Ahmadzai (born September 6, 1984)[1] is a right-handed batsman and off-break bowler who plays for Afghanistan. He has also played for the Sebastianites Cricket and Athletic Club.

He is a part of the rapidly-rising Afghan cricket team that in under a year has won the World Cricket League Division Five, Division Four and Division Three, thus promoting them to Division Two and allowing them to partake in the 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier where they gained ODI status. According to Will Luke, the side is not popular amongst the teams that it has overhauled on its rise to prominence, with one-eyed keenness being taken for a win-at-all-costs attitude. Raees has largely confirmed this perception of insufferable enthusiasm, saying that cricket is all that his peers ever think about. "We play professional cricket," he told Luke. "We don't have a job; we only ever talk about cricket, always searching [online, on Cricinfo] about cricket. No-one has a job; we can't. No-one can pay; we have no sponsor. The only money we get is for our clothes. The ICC pay for the flights. So no one gets a monthly salary, and I've never had a job, in fact; none of us have. Thanks to our families, we are so lucky."[2]



  1. ^ Raees is far from certain about his age. In an interview in Potchefstroom with Will Luke in April, 2009, he said, "Talking to my mother, she works out my age by seeing who the president was. Unofficially I'm nearly 25, give or take three years. Or four. I could be 21 or 28." (Luke 2009) Luke's own opinion, going by "Deep-set wrinkles and a calm demeanour", was twenty-eight.
  2. ^ Quoted in Luke 2009.


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