Hashmatullah Shahidi is an Afghani cricketer who has also captained the national test and ODI team of Afghanistan in various tournaments including the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Hashmatullah Shahidi was born on Friday, 4 November 1994 (age 29 years; as of 2023) in Logar, Afghanistan. His zodiac sign is Scorpio. His father introduced him to cricket when he was a child, and at the age of 9, he started playing in local tournaments. When his father saw that he was playing well, his father got him enrolled at a cricket academy in Kabul where he received further training. He later became a professional cricketer.
Height (approx.): 5′ 10″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 42″, Waist 32″, Biceps 14″
He belongs to an Afghani family.
Parents & Siblings
His father died in 2018, and his mother passed away in April 2023. He has two brothers named Shukrullah Shahidi and Zekrullah Shahidi.
Wife & Children
He is married and has a daughter who was born in November 2020.
He follows Islam.
Hashmatullah Shahidi has played for Band-e-Amir region since the 2017-18 first-class season.
He played for the Speen Ghar region in the 2017 List A season, the Band-e-Amir region from the 2018 to 2020 seasons, and Maiwand Defenders from the 2022 List A season.
He played for Amo Region in the 2014 T20 season, Band-e-Amir Dragons from 2014 to 2016 T20 seasons and Afghanistan Cricket Board Development Squad and Kabul in the 2016 T20 season. He played for Kamal Khan Dam Builders in the 2021 Kamal Khan Dam Trophy and scored his first T20 century with 102 runs off 52 balls.
Under-17, Under-19, & Afghanistan A
He was selected for the Afghanistan Under-17 team in 2008, the Afghanistan Under-19 team in 2009, and Afghanistan A in 2014. He played in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup.
Hashmutullah Shahidi played his debut test match on 14 June 2018 against India in M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. He scored his first test fifty on 15 March 2019 against Ireland with a score of 61 runs in the first innings. On 10 March 2021, during the match against Zimbabwe, he scored 200 runs not out and became the first Afghanistani batsman to score a double century in a test.
Shahidi made his ODI debut on 2 October 2013 against Kenya at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. On 25 September 2016, he made his first ODI half-century with 72 runs against Bangladesh.
ODI World Cup
He played in the 2019 ODI World Cup and scored 197 runs in 8 matches at an average of 24.63 with the highest score of 76 against England at Old Trafford.
He played his debut T20I match on 30 September 2013 against Kenya at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
In June 2021, he was appointed as the captain of the test and ODI team of Afghanistan. He captained Afghanistan in the 2022 and 2023 Asia Cup and the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup.
Shpageeza Cricket League (SCL)
He played for the Kabul Eagles in the 2017 SCL season, for Boost Defenders in the 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022 seasons, and for MIS Ainak Knights in the 2020 SCL season.
Peace Cricket League (PCL)
He played for Bost Atlan in the 2017 PCL season.
Afghanistan Premier League
He played for Nangarhar Leopards in the 2018 Afghanistan Premier League.
Nepal T20 League
Hashmatullah Shahidi played for Far West United in the 2022 season of the Nepal T20 League.
His jersey number in the Afghanistan national team is 50.
- On 24 January 2020, he put up a partnership of 184 runs with Rahmat Shah for the third wicket in an ODI match against Ireland which is the highest third-wicket partnership in ODIs for Afghanistan
- First Afghanistani player to score a test double-century (2021)
- Cricketer: Kumar Sangakkara
- Stadium: Lord’s, London
- IPL Team: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
- His batting style is left-handed, and his bowling style is right-arm off-break.
- During the match against England in the 2019 ODI World Cup, Hashmatullah was hit on the head by a bouncer from England pace bowler Mark Wood. His helmet developed a crack due to the impact, and he also fell on the ground following which the doctors of the team asked him to get retired hurt; however, he continued to bat. In the press conference after the innings, he said that he got off the ground and continued batting because his mother was watching the match and his brother was also present on the ground.
- In November 2022, he was chosen as the brand ambassador of Etisalat, Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications company.
- He is an animal lover and often visits the wildlife parks in Afghanistan and other countries.
- He likes to go hiking during his free time.
- Hashmatullah often participates in social campaigns and has even donated food items to the victims of the terrorist attacks.