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BIOGRAPHIES OF THE CRICKET ESPA√ĎA SQUAD HEADING TO FINLAND
 
9th August 2019

BIOGRAPIES OF THE CRICKET ESPAÑA SQUAD HEADING TO FINLAND

Christian Muñoz-Mills


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Age: 28
Role: Batting all-rounder - Captain, right-hand bat, right-arm off-break

Club: Sporting Alfas CC

  • Born in Spain to a Spanish father and English mother
  • Captained Spain in their T20Is against Malta
  • Qualified by Murcia University as a physiotherapist

Yasir Ali

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Age: 27
Role: Batting all-rounder - Right-hand bat, right-arm off-break

Club: Catalunya CC

  • Born in Pakistan, came to Spain in 2011 as a 20-year-old
  • Played in recently concluded European Cricket League for Catalunya CC
  • Top score of 45 in the semi-final against eventual winners V.O.C Rotterdam
  • Scored 96 runs @ 24 from four matches
  • Previously played in the Dutch Topklasse with Punjab Rotterdam
  • Hit a T20I series 50, making 57 from 40 balls against Malta earlier this year
  • Works in a shop for a mobile phone/internet/telecoms company
  • Played for Sialkot at U19s back in Pakistan

Faran Afzal

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Age: 45
Role: Bowler -
Club: Sporting Alfas CC

  • Born in Lahore in 1974
  • Visited Spain in 2000, fell in love with the country and pursued work opportunities
  • Now holds a Spanish passport
  • Previously played professional cricket in Malaysia with the Malaysian Armed Forces
  • Took 3-11 against Malta in Spain’s second match in March of this 
  • Lives near Alfas and works for a Norwegian based rheumatic centre

Atif Ali

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Age: 32
Role: Bowler - left-arm medium-fast, right-hand bat
Club: Unattached
 

  • Arrived in Spain in 2010 to join his brother and cousins who have also played for the Spain national team
  • Only player based in the province of Almeria
  • Works in the family restaurant in Almeria 

Paul Hennessy

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Age: 28
Role: Batting all-rounder - right-hand bat, right-arm medium
Club: Pinatar Pirates
 

Kuldeep Karan

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Age: 23
Role: Bowler - right-arm off-break
Club: Gracia CC 

  • Born in India
  • Played in the Essex League in the UK previously
  • Kept wicket in the second T20I against Malta in March
  • Works as a hairdresser
  • Currently ranked the top fielder in Liga Catalunya 

Awais Ahmed

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Age: 28
Role:
Club: Friends CC
 

  • Born in Pakistan, came to Spain in 2010 to join his father
  • Set Spain’s record opening partnership with Paul Hennessy in T20Is
  • Their 155-run stand against Malta ranks the 8th highest in the world
  • Is the highest by an Associate Nation
  • Ahmed hit 102* from 64 balls (5x4s, 6x6s @ S/R of 159.37
  • Twenty20 Internationals | Partnership records | Highest partnership for the first wicket
  • Most recent T20I in world cricket, it was Spain’s first T20I century since the inuaguration of the new T20I series format in 2019.
  • Became the 41st man to score a T20I hundred 

Ravi Panchal

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Age: 25
Role: Bowler - right-hand bat, right-arm medium-fast
Club: Pinatar Pirates
 

  • Played for Club Conference XI in both Tanzania and Jersey
  • Has come through the Spanish junior ranks and played at both U17/U19 level
  • Played alongside Tom Vine at both junior levels
  • Previously worked for his father’s Indian restaurant 

Tom Vine

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Age: 26
Role: Bowler - right-hand bat, right-arm medium-fast
Club: Pinatar Pirates
 

  • Born in Hullbridge, Essex
  • Has come through the Spanish junior ranks and played at both U17/U19 level
  • Played alongside Ravi Panchal at both junior levels
  • Took 4-28 in Spain’s first ever T20I against Malta
  • Best figures in full T20I cricket for Spain since the new format started in 2019
  • Runs an outdoor furniture business with four stores across the Spanish east coast 

Zulqarnain Haider

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Age: 30
Role: All-rounder
Club: Friends XI CC 

  • Born in Gujarat, Pakistan
  • Moved to Spain to join his father who was already living in the country
  • Has been a taxi driver for the last 10 years
  • Made his debut in 2016 against Sweden 

Hamza Dar

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Age: 24
Role: Batting all-rounder - left-hand bat, right-arm medium
Club: Badalona Shaheen
 

  • Brother Mustafa has played for Spanish A side
  • Mustafa was also initially down to be in this squad but misses out due to paperwork issues
  • First ever overseas tour for Hamza
  • Played for Pakistan in their recent Asia Cup victory that was played in Cataluyna. 

Vinod Kumar

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Age: 26
Role: Batsman
Club: Gracia CC
 

  • From the Punjab region of India, moved to Spain in 2011
  • Now lives in Girona with his family and works in a meat factory
  • Came through the junior ranks of Cricket España
  • Vinod was in the squad that played in the ICC Europe Division 2 competition in Holland
  • Played against Estonia in the T20I series but missed out on the full T20Is against Malta
  • Is famous for appearing in a Herbalife ad, playing cricket with Lionel Messi…
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMYj8uRM-_E 

Muhammad Asjed

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Age: 30
Role: Batsman - right-hand bat

Club: Friends XI CC 

David Gelling

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Role: Coach 

  • Former member of the British Armed Forces
  • Previously worked as a coach at Hampshire County Cricket Club
  • Also coached Gibraltar
  • Works as Lead Tutor with ICC & ECB
  • Replaces Pete Williams for first assignment as Spain coach but has had an association with Cricket España for more than 10 years 

Jamie Roper 

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Age: 24
Role: Team Manager
Club: Sporting Alfas 

  • Appointed Team Manager on a temporary basis earlier this year
  • A former Spain international
  • Also came through the Cricket España youth ranks and played for Spain U17s
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