The cricketing world is abuzz with excitement as Afghanistan announces its formidable 15-member squad for the upcoming 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. With the tournament just around the corner, cricket enthusiasts are eager to see how this talented team will perform on the grand stage.
One of the most notable highlights of Afghanistan’s World Cup squad announcement is the return of Naveen ul Haq. After a two-year hiatus from ODI cricket, Naveen is set to make a comeback on the global stage. His inclusion brings a fresh dynamic to the squad, and fans are eager to witness his performances in India.
While the squad boasts many exciting talents, there is some surprise regarding the omission of senior all-rounder Gulbadin Naib. Naib showcased his prowess in the ongoing Asia Cup, particularly with a stellar performance against Sri Lanka, where he took a four-wicket haul. However, despite his recent success, Naib’s name is conspicuously absent from the World Cup roster.
Afghanistan’s squad for the World Cup features four changes compared to the team currently competing in the Asia Cup. Players like Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, and Suliman Safi, who are part of the Asia Cup squad, won’t be making the trip to India for the World Cup. This shake-up in the lineup introduces fresh faces and potential game-changers.
Azmatullah Omarzai, who missed the Asia Cup due to injury, is set to make a comeback on the world stage. His return bolsters Afghanistan’s depth, particularly in the batting department. Omarzai’s ability to stabilize the innings and provide valuable runs is a welcome addition to the squad.
Afghanistan’s spin bowling arsenal is undoubtedly one of their strengths. The squad features spin maestros like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, who have consistently delivered match-winning performances. In addition to these seasoned spinners, the team also includes rising talents in the form of Mujeeb ur Rahman and Noor Ahmad, making Afghanistan’s spin department a force to be reckoned with.
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The pace attack receives a significant boost with the return of Naveen ul Haq. His ability to generate pace and deliver crucial breakthroughs adds depth to Afghanistan’s bowling unit. Alongside Naveen, the team boasts talents like Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, and Azmatullah Omarzai, ensuring a well-rounded pace battery.
Afghanistan World Cup squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq.
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