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Afghanistan cricket team for World Cup 2023

The Afghanistan Cricket Team: A Story of Passion and Pride

Afghanistan cricket team for World Cup 2023

Afghanistan, the newest full member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), arisne of the most inspiring and exciting teams in the world, with a remarkable journey and a loyal fan base. The team has qualified for two World Cups, in 2015 and 2019, and has shown their potential and talent against the top teams. The team is currently ranked ninth in the ICC Men’s ODI Rankings for Teams, behind Bangladesh.

The Afghanistan cricket team is eager to participate in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, which will be hosted by India from October 5 to November 19. The team, led by Hashmatullah Shahidi, has a balanced and talented squad, with some experienced players and some young stars. In this blog post, we will look at Afghanistan’s squad, schedule, performance in the previous edition, and their chances of winning their first match in the World Cup.

Afghanistan Squad for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023

Afghanistan have announced a 15-member squad for the World Cup, with some changes from the one that lost all their nine matches in 2019. Here is the full list of players:

  • Hashmatullah Shahidi © (batter)
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper-batter)
  • Ibrahim Zadran (opening batter)
  • Riaz Hassan (allrounder)
  • Rahmat Shah (top-order batter)
  • Najibullah Zadran (middle-order batter)
  • Mohammad Nabi (allrounder)
  • Ikram Alikhil (wicketkeeper-batter)
  • Azmatullah Omarzai (allrounder)
  • Rashid Khan (bowler)
  • Mujeeb ur Rahman (bowler)
  • Noor Ahmad (bowler)
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi (bowler)
  • Abdul Rahman (bowler)
  • Naveen ul Haq (bowler)

Some of the notable inclusions are Riaz Hassan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Abdul Rahman, who have performed well in the domestic circuit and have earned their maiden World Cup call-ups. Some of the notable exclusions are Gulbadin Naib, who was dropped due to poor form and captaincy issues, Asghar Afghan, who was replaced by Hashmatullah Shahidi as the captain, and Hamid Hassan, who retired from international cricket after the 2019 World Cup.

Here is a table for the team players using name and type:

PlayerType
Hashmatullah ShahidiBatter
Rahmanullah GurbazWicketkeeper-batter
Ibrahim ZadranOpening batter
Riaz HassanAllrounder
Rahmat ShahTop-order batter
Najibullah ZadranMiddle-order batter
Mohammad NabiAllrounder
Ikram AlikhilWicketkeeper-batter
Azmatullah OmarzaiAllrounder
Rashid KhanBowler
Mujeeb ur RahmanBowler
Noor AhmadBowler
Fazalhaq FarooqiBowler
Abdul RahmanBowler
Naveen ul HaqBowler

Afghanistan Schedule for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023

Afghanistan are placed in Group A along with England, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and Netherlands. They will play eight matches in the group stage, with the top four teams advancing to the semi-finals. Here is Afghanistan’s schedule for the World Cup:

DateOpponentVenueTime
October 11IndiaArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi08:30 UTC
October 15EnglandArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi08:30 UTC
October 18New ZealandMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai08:30 UTC
October 23PakistanMA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai08:30 UTC
October 31Sri LankaEden Gardens, Kolkata08:30 UTC
November 3NetherlandsBharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow08:30 UTC
November 7AustraliaWankhede Stadium, Mumbai08:30 UTC

Afghanistan Performance in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019

Afghanistan had a disappointing performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, finishing last in the table in the group stage with no wins and nine losses. They failed to register their first win in the World Cup, despite coming close on a few occasions. They lost to Australia by seven wickets, Sri Lanka by 34 runs (DLS method), New Zealand by seven wickets, South Africa by nine wickets, England by 150 runs, India by 11 runs, Bangladesh by 62 runs, Pakistan by three wickets, and West Indies by 23 runs.

Some of the key players for Afghanistan in the 2019 World Cup were Rahmat Shah, who scored 254 runs and became the highest run-scorer for Afghanistan in the tournament, Mujeeb ur Rahman, who took seven wickets and had the best economy rate of 4.47 among bowlers who bowled more than 40 overs, Gulbadin Naib, who scored 194 runs and took nine wickets and became the best allrounder for Afghanistan in the tournament, and Ikram Alikhil, who scored 142 runs and became the youngest player to score a fifty in a World Cup match.

Afghanistan Chances of Winning ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023

Afghanistan have a slim chance of winning the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, as they have a young and inexperienced team that lacks consistency and depth. They have a decent batting line-up that can score runs and handle pressure. They have a spin-heavy bowling attack that can take wickets and create chances. They also have some quality all-rounders who can contribute with both bat and ball. They have a record of upsetting some big teams in limited-overs cricket, such as West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.

However, Afghanistan also face some challenges and threats in their quest for glory. They have to cope with the absence of some key players like Gulbadin Naib, Asghar Afghan, and Hamid Hassan, who were part of their 2019 squad. They have to deal with some tough competition from other teams like England, India, New Zealand, and Australia, who have their own strengths and ambitions.

Afghanistan will have to play their best cricket and overcome all the obstacles to achieve their dream of winning their first match in the World Cup. It will be a fascinating and exciting journey for them and their fans.

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