- ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Afghanistan announced their ICC cricket world cup 2019 player list on 22nd April including the former captain, Asghar Afghan, and fast bowler, Hamid Hassan. Thirty-one year old Hassan has made a surprising comeback in world cup 2019 squad after being excluded on fitness grounds in 2017. His fitness is still a threat but his selection was made keeping in view his experience. He replaced Shapoor Zadran who was not performing up to the mark.
Afghan will be the key batsmen in the middle order besides Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Naib and Hashmatullah Shahidi. Cricket world cup 2019 Afghanistan squad has deep batting line as they have Rashid, Nabi and Samiullah Shinwari in their side.
Icc cricket world cup 2019 Afghanistan squad will be lead by Gulbadin Naib who replaced Afghan. Selectors have made a gamble by appointing Naib as Captain as he has never lead in any international match but is supposed to add fresh energy in the team.
Batsman and wicketkeeper, Mohammad Shahzad, will open for Afghanistan along with either of the two, Noor Ali Zadran or Hazratullah Zazai. This year, Zazai improved his record allot and appeared to be a hard hitter of the ball. He scored 140 in four one day internationals against Ireland with a strike rate of over 100. Top order batsmen, Ikram Ali Khil who is also a backup wicketkeeper, was also made part of the team.
Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman will take care of the spin department. Apart from his bowling, Rashid can also finish matches for his team and Nabi is useful in the middle order. Rahman is a mystery bowler who can win matches for his team. Zahir Khan, the left-arm spinner was excluded from the squad keeping in view the expected conditions In England and availability of part-timers, Rahmat Shah and Shinwari.
Selectors have carefully mixed the experienced players with fresh blood while finalizing ICC cricket world cup 2019 Afghanistan squad. Afghan came with 99 ODIs in his record while Nabi had played 111 ODIs so far. Najibullah Zadran, Shinwari, Shahzad, Rashid and Naib all have made appearances in 50 plus ODIs for their team.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Afghanistan Squad:
Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.