List of Probable Players to be part of the Afghanistan Squad: ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Afghanistan National Cricket, which is managed and administered by Afghanistan Cricket Board is the 12th and most recent full member of ICC. They represent the country in all formats of international cricket. Afghanistan is a new team which has only made its way into international events. Cricket has been popular in Afghanistan since the 20th century but it is only in recent years that a national team has been developed and they have performed considerably well in the international platform. They achieved their full member status on 14th July 2018. Asghar Afghan is the current team captain in all formats and Phil Simmons serves as the team coach.

Probable squad for World Cup 2019:

Afghanistan has a very short history in international tournaments. They’ve only been around for a short time. Their only major international event was the 2016 ICC T20I World Cup in 2016 held in India. They made it to the Super 10 rounds of the game but were knocked out from the tournament quite easily. Their recent major event was the Asia Cup 2018 held in UAE. They managed to secure a spot in the super 4 stage but were knocked out. Afghanistan has not yet revealed their WC squad but most probable players would be:

  1. Mohammad Shahzad
  2. Ihsanullah
  3. Rahmat Shah
  4. Hashmatullah Shahidi
  5. Asghar Afghan (C)
  6. Ikram Ali Khil (W)
  7. Mohammad Nabi
  8. Rashid Khan
  9. Wafadar Momand
  10. Yamin Ahmadzai
  11. Waqar Salamkheil
  12. Gulbadin Naib
  13. Najibullah Zadran
  14. Shafiqullah
  15. Mujeeb Ur Rahman

These are names based upon consistent performances but they are still alterable.

Afghanistan’s all matches against teams in ICC World Cup 2019

  1. Afghanistan vs Australia, Match 4, Saturday 1 June
  2. Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 7, Tuesday 4 June
  3. Afghanistan vs New Zealand, Match 13, Saturday 8 June
  4. South Africa vs Afghanistan, Match 21, Saturday 15 June
  5. England vs Afghanistan, Match 24, Tuesday 18 June
  6. India vs Afghanistan, Match 28, Saturday 22 June
  7. Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, Match 31, Monday 24 June
  8. Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Match 36, Saturday June 29
  9. Afghanistan vs Windies, Match 42, Thursday 4 July

Minnow Team Status:

Afghanistan might possibly be considered the weakest team in WC yet. They don’t have enough big names. They don’t have the experience. They don’t have the skill set that the other teams possess. It would seem that a match with Afghanistan would only result in easy 2 points for a team. This would be Afghanistan’s first WC. We all know the pressure that’s exerted on a team when they play in a huge event. Great teams have crumbled under the weight of expectations from their fans. We have seen South Africa choke multiple times under immense pressure. Afghanistan has never faced such pressure. They would have to perform extremely well against teams that have seen it all.

Afghanistan has defeated some notable teams in recent years. They have the highest T20 score of 278 runs. This means that on a given day, Afghanistan can defeat any and all teams. But they’ll have to play smart cricket. Opportunities are not provided. They are created. Same can be said for the case of Afghanistan.

To win matches, they’ll have to be themselves and try to score as much as they can. Currently, they are the underdogs in the tournament. People don’t have many expectations from them. This can actually work in favor of Afghanistan. They have nothing to lose which can be their biggest asset. They’ll have to bat very well in the opening part of their innings. They’ll have a powerhouse like Shahzad to lead the charge. If he can get going and score decent runs, this will certainly brighten Afghanistan’s chances of winning. Once they get a good enough score, they can use the spin option of Rashid Khan to pick up wickets and win. Afghanistan has their work cut out for them but if they play good cricket, there is no reason why they can’t win this uphill battle.

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