Afghanistan cricket board has announced their 15-member squad for the Cricket World Cup 2019, which is going to start from May 30 in England and Wales.
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Earlier Afghanistan announced 23-member preliminary squad for the training camp at Potchefstroom, South Africa, now they have shortlisted their best 15 players.
Before a few weeks of the big event, Afghanistan board has made a surprising announcement axing the current captain Asghar Afghan, and nominated Gulbadin Naib as the new captain for one-day internationals and Rashid Khan as vice-captain.
Gulbadin Naib will lead the Afghanistan team in the World Cup 2019.
Afghanistan squad has a mix of energetic young and experienced players, and they are capable of doing big upset against the best team in the Grandeur event.
Recently Afghanistan had a successful series against Ireland; they did many experiments in the batting order trying a different combination of players.
They tested four leading batsman, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran and Javed Ahmadi at the top order. Unfortunately, Javed Ahmadi didn’t make into the squad.
Zazai and Shahzad are the most aggressive leading batsman in the squad, while experienced Zardan will offer solidity to the batting line. All-rounder Rahmat Shah could be the option to come and play at the top order.
The biggest strength of Afghanistan is the destructive spin-bowling, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, and Mujeeb ur Rahman and they are ready to show the spin magic in the Showpiece event.
All three have 54 dismissals in the last 12 months; they were outstanding everywhere in that period.
Luckily, fast bowler, Hamid Hassan whose last appearance was in 2017 has been selected in the squad.
The chief selectors of ACB, Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai said
Luckily for us, the come-back of senior Fast bowler Hamid Hassan is good news. However, we will take into account his form and fitness during upcoming practice matches.”
Seamer could be the most productive in the England weather conditions; Afghanistan comes up with the best pacers in the squad.
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Skipper Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, and Hamid Hassan all have decent pace, and it would make Afghanistan as tough contester of CWC 2019.
Afghanistan will start their World Cup 2019 campaign against the defending champions Australia on 1st June in Bristol.
Afghanistan Cricket Team Overview:
Afghanistan has Five leading batsmen in the Squad
- Noor Ali Zadran
- Hazratullah Zazai
- Asghar Afghan
- Hashmatullah Shahidi
- Najibullah Zadran
- Gulbadin Naib (Captain)
- Rahmat Shah
- Samiullah Shenwari
- Mohammad Nabi
- Mohammad Shahzad
Five Leading Bowlers:
- Rashid Khan
- Dawlat Zadran
- Aftab Alam
- Hamid Hassan
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman