Azeem Rafiq Thread


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Oct 25, 2009
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I rate this guy highly, much higher than Adil Rashid ! He is a right arm offspinner from Barnsley, Yorkshire. He is from Pakistani ancestry having moved to England in 2001 with his family.

Has captained England under 15,17 and 19. Is "captaincy material" naturally.

Has been named as BBCs Young Sports Personality Of The Year 2006.

Has scored a FC century in his second match. Good fielder as well.

A definite future prospect...
Don't rate him yet myself, I've heard he can bowl a doosra but he probably needs to become a better batsman to challange Swann. Rashid looks a much better prospect to me.
He is okay from what I have seen but Swann is firmly established as England's premier spinner.
I agree on Swann but he certainly has a future. Remember he is only 19 !!
He can turn his off break nicely and is an expert of flight. Very brave bowler in this modern age.
Of Azeem's England prospects, David Parsons remarked that "he's a decent bowler for a 16-year-old and is generally quite an orthodox bowler....there's no doubt he's an exciting prospect and a genuine all-rounder - not one of these bowlers seeking to improve his batting." As well as from Parsons, Azeem has received coaching and advice from Saqlain Mushtaq, a former Pakistani spin bowler.
He bowled really well last night in the Roses clash which was televised on Sky, 4 overs 1 for 25 when he was bowling in tandem with the other AR in Adil Rashid who took 4 overs 2 for 22 including the wicket of Simon Katich with a beauty ! Good win for Yorkshire. Impressive and heartening stuff from the young English spinners of Pakistani ancestry !
How not to win friends and influence people.

Azeem Rafiq, the Yorkshire offspinner, has launched a foul-mouthed rant on Twitter after being left out of the England Under-19 side for the second Test against Sri Lanka at Scarborough.

Rafiq, who captained England to a 199-run defeat in the first Test, fired a scathing attack at coach John Abraham after he was omitted for what the ECB called "inappropriate conduct" and Rafiq is now under further investigation by the board.

After he was told the news of being dropped Rafiq posted: "What a f***ing farsee ... John Abrahams is a useless ****... ECB prove it again what incompetent people are working for them!!"

And he hadn't finished there when he added: "John Abrahams is a useless w****r."

The ECB are now considering Rafiq's future place in the Under-19s and Andrew Strauss was asked about the incident as he prepared for the first Test against Pakistan. He has had experience of a player getting into trouble over Twitter when Tim Bresnan was forced to apologise for a comment he posted during the Champions Trophy last year and Strauss said players, at whatever age, must take responsbility.

"What I would say is that if you haven't led by example and have let yourself down you've got to take it on the chin and learn from it," he said. "For a start players should be aware that what they write on Twitter is going to be seen by people they might not want it to be seen by. We've had a number of occasions of that happening, so I'd say to be very careful on that.

"The other thing I'd say is that there is a right way to react to things and there is a wrong way and venting your frustration is not the right way to do it especially if you have been in the wrong. You need to take it on the chin and learn from it otherwise there are plenty of other people who can do it better than you."

It isn't the first time Rafiq has been caught in controversy although the previous occasion was much less his fault. Yorkshire played him in their 2008 Twenty20 Cup quarter-final against Durham without realising he wasn't properly registered and didn't hold a British passport.

Graeme Swann is the most prolific 'tweeter' in English cricket with an avid following and has just about avoided pushing the boundaries too much. James Anderson also tweets regularly and the pair often take part in extensive banter. However, Australia batsman Phil Hughes had less success when he announced he'd been dropped for the third Test of the Ashes last year before the team wanted it revealed to the public.
What an idiot!

Would you want a guy like that in the team if you were management!

Kiss goodbye to international honours for a few more years betaa!
Always wondered what happened to this guy. Having checked cricket sites it appears he’s now playing 2nd XI cricket for Yorkshire although he had a reasonable T20 season last time round so should make it back in the Yorkshire 1st team for the blast. He’s nowehere near the England side though.
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It could be down to the early summer conditions to why Yorkshire are so reluctant to play him.
A statement from Azeem Rafiq

“It has been an extremely tough time for our family to endure over the last 14 months. My wife Faryal experienced a very trying and difficult pregnancy. As we approached the final few weeks of her pregnancy, things finally started to settle down, until I received a phone call from my father during our 50 over match against Warwickshire at Emerald Headingley confirming my worst fears and the devastating news that my unborn child had passed away prior to his birth.

“Throughout this traumatic time, my wife Faryal has been an absolute hero and I cannot thank my close family and friends enough for their love and support, it means so much to both of us. I feel like now is the right time to explain the reasons why I was unable to attend the ’s pre-season tour why I have played very limited cricket throughout the season. I have tried to give 100% whenever I have stepped on the field although I have found it difficult to maintain the usual standards of consistency that I set myself.

“Hopefully this addresses some of the comments or questions that I have received on social media this season regarding my situation and I am hopeful that by taking some time off with my family I will be able to return to cricket as soon as I am refreshed and equipped to get back to playing and training as normal. I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has reached out with messages of support during the season, it has been greatly appreciated by my wife and I.”
Azeem Rafiq - an option for Pakistan?

This guy is so talented and he was one of the youngest and first British Asian to captain Yorkshire but due to some personal reasons, his career got derailed in UK and now he has moved back to Pakistan and signed for SSGC but due to some weird reason, He couldn't get a place in the team despite the fact that off spinners are now a rarity in Pakistan. I think Pakistan should take a look at him and SSGC should start playing him. He's still just 27 and younger than half of spinners in Pakistan domestic and him being Karachi born wont make any issues with eligibility.