Aftab is one of the highly skilled UKCC ECB Level 3 cricket coaches forging a reputation for setting a challenging yet fun coaching environment be it in schools, clubs or working one to one. This philosophy is at the heart of Aftab’s coaching work and very much aligned to the philosophy of Performance Cricket as a whole. Aftab strives to develop young and adult cricketers for the future of the game. He is currently working in a diverse and varied programme of coaching locations including private schools, cricket clubs, academies, Berkshire Cricket and specialist one to one coaching work.
Aftab had a distinguished first class playing career making his first-class debut in 1992, playing once for Middlesex, but was quickly let go and it was 1995 before he played another first-class game, for his new county, Leicestershire.
Although he made 174 not out against Oxford University that year it was 1996 before Habib established himself in the first team. He played a few games for New Zealand side Canterbury in the 1997/98 Shell Cup one-day competition, but made only 83 runs in his five innings.He averaged 56 in 1998 and was chosen by England the following year, but was quickly found out by the New Zealand bowlers and dropped after two Tests. He did, however, have the consolation of passing 1000 runs for the first time that season.
After the 2001 season Habib left for Essex, but had an indifferent three seasons with the club and was released. He struggled to find another county, and at one point it looked as though his career might be at an end, but somewhat surprisingly he returned to Leicestershire for the 2005 season. Habib was released by Leicestershire at the end of 2006 season, in 2007 he returned to his “home” county Berkshire.