Afghanistan fast bowler Aftab Alam is all set to expand his trade for Dambulla Vikings in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) starting 26 November. The Vikings will begin their campaign on Saturday 28 November. They face candy tuskers at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota.
Ahead of his first match, 27-year-old Aftab looked excited and eager to bowl in the tournament. In the Vikings, the speedster will get David Miller, Upul Tharanga, to rub shoulders with. Carlos Brathwaite And Samit Patel, who are all experienced in the T20 format.
“I am currently in Sri Lanka, playing for Dambulla Vikings. Please keep me in your prayers, ”Alam told CrickTracker. After making his T20 debut in 2012, Alam played 35 matches, taking 42 wickets at a good economy rate of 8.07.
Beyond LPL, Alam, along with other members, is busy serving the quarantine period. Therefore, they should not practice for more than two to three days to warm themselves. “For the time being, there is nothing as we are quarantining. After four days, we will start the practice,” said Nangarhar-born Pesar.
Aftab Alam’s recent numbers
Aftab last played T20 cricket in the previous edition of the Shobheja Cricket League. There he played for the Rani Ghar Tigers, led by Karim Sadiq. Aftab took three wickets in five matches. Recently, he played three matches in the Ghazi Amanullah Khan regional one-day tournament in Kandahar. Aftab took two wickets in three matches.
Alam has not played any form in international cricket since the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales, where the Afghans could not win a single match. He last donated the national jersey India On June 22, 2019, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
The fast bowler made his international debut in February 2010, but remained out of the national team despite showing a lot of promise. Internationally, Alam has taken 41 and 11 wickets in 27 and 12 T20Is respectively. With some good performances in LPL, he is trying to make a comeback in the national team.