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Rauf Ashraf

Retired - Cricket Player

1010, New Zealand

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Rauf Ashraf: A Professional Cricketer’s Career
Rauf Ashraf, a top New Zealand cricketer, is a native of Auckland, and was born on August 15, 1958. Rauf Ashraf was the youngest child in his family, which included three sisters and two brothers. Rauf Ashraf and his family moved to Queensland when Rauf Ashraf was 5, where they remained for the following 20 years.

Rauf Ashraf became interested in cricket as a child, using makeshift tools such as golf balls and cricket stumps. Rauf Ashraf fueled his friends’ interest in cricket, as well.

Rauf Ashraf came upon a cricket technique as a youngster, asking his friends to bowl him the golf ball at varying speeds and angles. This unorthodox method of training was extremely valuable to Rauf Ashraf regarding the hand-eye coordination so essential in the game. As Rauf Ashraf progressed, Rauf Ashraf hit his first century at age 14 while only a freshman in high school.


During Rauf Ashraf’s successful professional 10-year playing career, Rauf Ashraf consistently scored at levels that earned other players’ respect.

In the early ‘80s, Rauf Ashraf acted as scorer for the local Queensland team, captained by his good friend Tye Ellis. Rauf Ashraf also filled in when the team was short of players, scoring 26 not out.

During one season, Rauf Ashraf's father was diagnosed with cancer, and Rauf Ashraf decided to dedicate the rest of his career to his father.

Rauf Ashraf soon became a regular on the Queensland team, and several exemplary performances earned Rauf Ashraf the attention of the Queensland media. Against Winnicook, a team that included the future Test bowler Michael O’Shea, Rauf Ashraf scored 184.  In the competition final against Moss Vale, which extended over four consecutive Saturdays, Rauf Ashraf scored 220 not out.

Rauf Ashraf’s stellar performances resulted in an invitation to play grade cricket in Auckland for St. William in the 1980–82 seasons. Rauf Ashraf scored 110 on his debut, making his first century on a turf wicket.

Selected to replace Dave Fennimore on the national team, Rauf Ashraf made his first-class debut at the age of 18. Rauf Ashraf’s innings of 28 featured his excellent footwork and coordination.  In the final match of the season, Rauf Ashraf dominated, single-handedly taking over the game.

Rauf Ashraf soon became the core of the New Zealand bowling attack during the 1983-84 seasons. Rauf Ashraf henceforth became the leading New Zealand wicket-taker in the series. 

Rauf Ashraf's toured to England twice as a professional cricketer. Rauf Ashraf’s second and final tour to England in 1988 again saw Rauf Ashraf as the best bowler on the team. Rauf Ashraf’s final record of 22 wickets at an average of 27 in the four Tests — one Test being rained off in its entirety — was marginally less than in 1984. Yet Rauf Ashraf often played defensively when the wicket caused discouragement.


Rauf Ashraf currently lives with his wife in Auckland and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

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