Ever since Afghanistan cricket came into international cricket, they have been grabbing headlines. After Rashid Khan s exploits, it is now time for the 16-year old Mujeeb Zadran to leave people spell-bound. He has now become the first player, born in the 21st Century to play international cricket.

Born on March 28, 2001, he is also the ninth youngest player to make an ODI debut and the youngest ever for Afghanistan. Mujeeb broke Naveen-ul-Haq’s record to become his nation’s youngest-ever ODI player. Mujeeb took four for 24 the joint-best figures for an Afghan bowler on ODI debut to help dismiss Ireland for 100 in first ODI at Sharjah.

He was player of the series in recently concluded U-19 Asia Cup, taking 12 wickets in 3 games.

Player Age Team Opposition Ground
Hasan Raza 14y 233d Pakistan v Zimbabwe Quetta
Gurdeep Singh 15y 258d Kenya v Afghanistan Sharjah
Nitish Kumar 15y 273d Canada v Afghanistan Sharjah
Aaqib Javed 16y 127d Pakistan v West Indies Adelaide
Yodhin Punja 16y 206d U.A.E. v Hong Kong ICCA Dubai
Shahid Afridi 16y 215d Pakistan v Kenya Nairobi (Aga)
Ramveer Rai 16y 229d U.A.E. v Sri Lanka Dambulla
Sachin Tendulkar 16y 238d India v Pakistan Gujranwala
Mujeeb 16y 252d Afghanistan v Ireland Sharjah
Waqas Khan 16y 253d Hong Kong v U.A.E. ICCA Dubai

There have four women players born in the 21st century to play international cricket, but Mujeeb is the first male player to achieve this feat.

Ireland s Gaby Lewis, Lara Maritz, Louise Little and West Indies Qiana Joseph were all born in the 21st century. Joseph was born on January 1, 2001.