UAE’s Aayan Khan, the 16-year-old all-rounder, is the youngest player to feature in the men’s T20 World Cup. He was picked in the UAE XI for the team’s first match of the T20 World Cup against the Netherlands at the Simonds Stadium in Geelong. He impressed in the U19 World Cup earlier this year with 93 and one for 13 in UAE’s 82-run win over West Indies. Aayan was out for a seven-ball five against the Netherlands. He then bowled three overs for 15 runs and picked a wicket.
Aayan broke Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir’s record. The left-arm quick played his first T20 World Cup when he was 17 years and 55 days old.
Notably: Netherlands’ Stephan Myburgh, at 38 years and 230 days, is the oldest in the 2022 T20 World Cup. Hong Kong’s Ryan Campbell played in the 2016 World Cup when he was 44 years and 33 days old.
List of youngest players to play in men’s T20 World Cup:
- 16yr 335 days: Aayan Afzal Khan UAE in 2022
- 17yr 55 days: Mohammad Amir Pakistan in 2009
- 17yr 170 days: Rashid Khan Afghanistan in 2016
- 17yr 196 days: Ahmed Shehzad Pakistan in 2009
- 17yr 282 days: George Dockrell Ireland in 2010