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Ziaulhaq Ashraf, young Afghanistan domestic cricket umpire has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 31.

Mr. Ashraf was a renowned domestic umpire in Afghanistan, and officiated more then 100 domestic matches in Afghanistan between 2010 and 2015.

His professionalism, service and memories will be remembered in Afghanistan cricket history. He was respected by all, with whom he came in contact especially players whom he encountered in so many Matches.

“He always brought a smile to all our faces. For him cricket was a lovely game, a simple game and a game to be enjoyed. He himself brought so much enjoyment to so many of us."

Ahmad Shah Pakteen head of umpires in Afghanistan said, “He always brought a smile to all our faces. For him cricket was a lovely game, a simple game and a game to be enjoyed. He himself brought so much enjoyment to so many of us."

"I feel very depressed this has happened," Bahram Khan tributes Mr. Ashraf’s long-time colleague said to ACB media. "He was a fine umpire, we spent many happy hours together. He was a great man and a tremendous man to umpire with. He was a good person, he'll be sadly missed."

National team cricket player Mirwais Ashraf called him a true gentleman of the game. "He was a charming character which meant players and other umpires were always delighted to be around him."

Afghanistan Cricket Board’s member stated that, "Every time we see Ashraf on the scoreboard, 'thank you' for having him as one of us. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Ziaulhaq Ashraf. He will be truly missed and we will include him in our daily prayers."



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