Afghanistan, on Wednesday (September 13), introduced their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023. Quick bowlers Naveen-ul-Haq and Azmatullah Omarzai have returned to the ODI squad for the marquee occasion.
Each the gamers had not too long ago missed the Asia Cup on account of accidents. Naveen-ul-Haq has not performed a aggressive sport since June on account of a knee damage. The appropriate-arm pacer has additionally not performed an ODI since January 2021. Alternatively, Omarzai performed in opposition to Pakistan within the ODI sequence final month however missed the Asia Cup after copping a aspect pressure.
Afghanistan squad for ICC World Cup 2023:
The Afghanistan World Cup squad has 4 modifications from the squad that not too long ago performed within the Asia Cup. One of many greatest exclusions is senior all-rounder Gulbadin Naib. The allrounder, who led Afghanistan within the final version of the ODI World Cup, has missed out regardless of doing nicely within the Asia Cup.
In 4 video games, Naib picked up 8 wickets and scored greater than 50 runs however did not make the minimize for the event. Other than him, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, and Suliman Safi have additionally missed out after being named within the squad for the Asia Cup. Janat had returned to the Afghanistan squad after a spot of six years.
Barring the exclusion of Naib, there should not such huge surprises within the squad. The likes of Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim, and captain Hashmatullah Shahidi will care for the batting order. The likes of Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, and Noor Ahmad will care for the spin division whereas the tempo division options the likes of Naveen, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, and Omarzai.
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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In the meantime, the World Cup will get underway on October 5. Afghanistan, alternatively, will open its marketing campaign on October 7 in opposition to Bangladesh in Dharamsala.