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    Best ever Associate bowler

    Looking at the Afghan bowling lineup gives me goosebumps. Hamid Hasan ambles and delivers at 145k. Dawlat Zadran is smooth and hits 145k regularly. The 17 year old spinner, Rishad Khan, bows top-spinners and googlies more than leggies and carries a lot of mystery.

    Who do you think the best Associate bowler is / was?

    From SL it is a toss between TB Kehelgamuwa and Daya Sahabandu. Kehel was very quick and had the distinction of sending boycotts stumps in a cartwheel in first over. Sahabandhu was local Underwood, bit slower but spun it twice much as Underwood.

    Traicos and Rankin are others I could think of.
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    Collins Obuya and Asif Karim looked great for Kenya in 2003.
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    Thomas Odoyo, Martin Suji along with Obuya and Karim were very good for Keyna, Johnston, Rankin and Dockrell for Ireland. Back when Bangladesh were starting out, Rafique was impressive who went on to become their main spinner during their early years.

    But there's an x factor about the Afghan bowlers. Shapoor is another favourite of mine along with those two you mentioned.
    And the 17 year old leg spinner looks an exciting prospect.
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    Bart King, Ole Mortensen.
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    Had he been English, which obviously he wasn't, I'm sure Ole Mortensen would've been capped by England in the 80s

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    I would say Dawlat Zadran.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Migara View Post
    Traicos and Rankin are others I could think of.
    Does Rankin count? I know he's playing for an associate side, but he has played test cricket.

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    I remember reading good things about Van Meekeren, of Netherlands, a few years ago. Glad he showcased his talent today. There's also another upcoming Dutch bowler, Vivian Kingma. I think he's in this World T20 squad but I don't think he was given any games. Sucks that these guys probably won't get to develop further and beyond to what they deserve.

    Afghanistan's bowlers are probably the best unit at the moment. It's like, if one fails then they have 4 other bowlers who will potentially pick up the wickets. That's what's great about the team throughout this t20 tournament, nearly every player has contributed in someway shape or form.

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    If Hassan could only stay fit he'd definitely be right up there

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    Dirk Nannes is probably the best on second thought, but i really do think Dawlat has all the skills to be the best once his career is over.

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    I think Geraint Jones was the best ever associate wicketkeeper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 54321 View Post
    I remember reading good things about Van Meekeren, of Netherlands, a few years ago. Glad he showcased his talent today. There's also another upcoming Dutch bowler, Vivian Kingma. I think he's in this World T20 squad but I don't think he was given any games. Sucks that these guys probably won't get to develop further and beyond to what they deserve.
    Young Dutch players do have the obvious option of playing county cricket as local players if they're talented enough to do so, tbf. Van Meekeren looks good enough at 23 to attract interest, to me.
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    Eddo Brandes probably deserves a mention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_mister View Post
    Heath Streak?
    He was only 18 when Zimbabwe got Test status so he wasn't quite the gun he turned out to be while he was an associate bowler.
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