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Zulfiqar Ahmed (Dutch cricketer)

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Full name  Zulfiqar Ahmed
Bowling style  Right-arm Off Spin
Batting style  Right-handed
Born  23 February 1966 (age 51) (1966-02-23) Sialkot, Pakistan
Relations  Sikander Zulfiqar (son)
National side  Netherlands (1991–2002)

Zulfiqar Ahmed (Urdu: ذوالفقار احمد‎; born 23 February 1966) is a former international cricketer who represented the Dutch national side between 1991 and 2002. He primarily played as a right-handed middle-order batsman, although he occasionally opened the batting.

Ahmed was born in Sialkot, Pakistan, and emigrated to the Netherlands in 1987, joining his uncle and brother there. He joined the Schiedam-based Excelsior '20 club, and made his Hofdklasse debut in 1990. Ahmed made his national debut for the Netherlands in April 1991, on a tour of England. For the 1991 Hofdklasse season, he switched to the Voorburg Cricket Club, which he would play for throughout the rest of his international career. After his debut, Ahmed did not return to the national team until July 1995, when he represented the Netherlands in a quadrangular tournament in Scotland (also featuring the Danish and Scottish national teams.)

In June 1996, Ahmed was selected for a NatWest Trophy fixture against Surrey, his first List A appearance. At the 1997 ICC Trophy in Malaysia, He played in six of his team's seven matches, but only had the opportunity to bat twice. He fared better at the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada, playing in seven out of ten matches and scoring 150 runs, ranking him fifth in runs for the Netherlands. Against Ireland, he scored 87 runs from 125 balls, which was his team's highest individual score of the tournament. In between ICC Trophy appearances, Ahmed had represented the Netherlands at the 2000 ICC Emerging Nations Challenge in Zimbabwe, scoring a maiden List-A half-century, 63 runs, against Zimbabwe A. He also played two more NatWest Trophy matches in that time, against Worcestershire in 1997 and Lincolnshire in 2000. Ahmed's last match for the national team came in September 2002, a C&G Trophy fixture against Bedfordshire.

Ahmed is the father of triplets, Asad, Saqib, and Sikander Zulfiqar. His three sons have played together at underage levels for the Netherlands, with Sikander graduating to the senior team.

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Zulfiqar Ahmed (Dutch cricketer) Wikipedia


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