NEW DELHI: Cricket history is replete with examples of twins playing for the same team but on Monday, a new chapter was added with the Zulfiqar brothers becoming the first ever triplets to turn out for the same professional team.
Sikander, Asad and Saqib Zulfiqar of the Netherlands cricket team made history when they were presented with their List A caps by former Dutch international Nolan Clarke in a tour match against the United Arab Emirates at Amstelveen.
While Sikander who has already played domestic and international cricket for the Netherlands, the other two 20-year-olds – Asad and Saqib – made their professional debuts. It was the more experienced brother who out-shined his siblings with an unbeaten 41 while batting low down the order. Asad scored 15 from no. 3 while Saqib was caught for 11.
Their first appearance in the national colours came in a losing cause as UAE chased down the target of 183 in 49 overs, recording a close three-wicket win. Interestingly, the father of the triplets Zulfiqar Ahmed has also played 9 List A games for the Netherlands.
Only time will tell if Asad and Saqib follow in the footsteps of Sikander and graduate to international cricket and someday, turn out together in an ODI/T20 or maybe, Test match.
While we must wait, and see how that turns out, there are several examples of twins who have played international cricket together, the most famous being the Waugh brothers of Australia (Steven and Mark), the Marshalls brothers of New Zealand (James and Hamish), The Blackwell sisters of Australia (Alex and Kate), the Signal sisters from New Zealand (Elizabeth and Rose) among others.
Source: Times Of India