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Rauf Ashraf

Retired - Cricket Player

New Zealand

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Rauf Ashraf’s Successful Cricket Career
Rauf Ashraf was a highly respected New Zealand cricketer during his 10-year career in the ‘80s. Rauf Ashraf played consistently well during his tenure as a cricketer, scoring at a level that earned other professional players’ respect.

Rauf Ashraf’s Early Days
Rauf Ashraf was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on August 15, 1958. Rauf Ashraf was raised with his three sisters and two brothers largely in Queensland, where Rauf Ashraf’s family moved when Rauf Ashraf was 5.

Rauf Ashraf showed a very acute, advanced understanding and skill of cricket as a child. Rauf Ashraf remembers gathering his friends together, asking them to bowl him the ball at varying speeds and angles. This unusual training method proved essential to Rauf Ashraf’s success later in life, particularly in hand-to-eye coordination. Rauf Ashraf hit his first century at age 14 as a freshman in high school.

Rauf Ashraf’s Career Highlights
•    Rauf Ashraf acted as scorer for the local Queensland team, scoring 26 not out.
•    As Rauf Ashraf’s cricket career advanced, Rauf Ashraf became a Queensland media favorite.
•    Rauf Ashraf scored 184 against Winnicook.
•    In the competition final against Moss Vale, Rauf Ashraf scored 220 not out over four Saturdays.
•    Rauf Ashraf was invited to play grade cricket in Auckland for St. William, scoring 110 on his debut, making his first century on a turf wicket.
•    Rauf Ashraf made his first-class debut at age 18, with 28 innings, and was noted for his excellent footwork and coordination.
•    Rauf Ashraf became the leading New Zealand wicket-taker in his series in the 1983-84 seasons.
•    Rauf Ashraf’s final record was 22 wickets at an average of 27 in the four Tests.

Rauf Ashraf’s Family
During his tenure on the professional cricket circuit, Rauf Ashraf lost his beloved father to cancer. Rauf Ashraf then dedicated every game to his father’s memory. Today, Rauf Ashraf lives with his wife in Auckland and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.

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