Naveen-ul-Haq returns to the Afghanistan ODI squad after a two-year gap for the World Cup in India while senior all-rounder Gulbadin Naib misses out despite a good showing in the ongoing Asia Cup.
Afghanistan has unveiled its redoubtable 15- member team for the forthcoming 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, set to take place in India coming month. The team, led by Hashmatullah Shahidi, features a mix of educated players and promising bents. specially, Naveen- ul- Haq makes a comeback to the ODI team after a two- time hiatus, while Gulbadin Naib, despite his emotional performances in the ongoing Asia Cup, misses out on selection.
Naveen- ul- Haq’s return to the Afghanistan ODI team for the World Cup marks his comeback after a two- time absence. The talented each- rounder’s addition adds depth and versatility to the platoon. still, elderly each- rounder Gulbadin Naib, despite his strong caching in the Asia Cup, has not been included in the team. The platoon operation has made four changes from the group that played in the Asia Cup, with Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Suliman Safi, and Naib missing out.
Azmatullah Omarzai, who missed the Asia Cup due to injury, has made a successful recovery and returns to the team for the World Cup. His addition provides a boost to Afghanistan’s fur lineup. also, Naveen- ul- Haq, who last played a List A game in 2021, has earned his place back in the team, showcasing the pickers ’ faith in his capacities.
The team led by Hashmatullah Shahidi features four changes from the group that played at the Asia Cup. The likes of Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Suliman Safi also miss out away from Naib.
Azmatullah Omarzai returns from an injury that sidelined him from the Asia Cup while Naveen, who last played a List A game in 2021, also comes back into the team.
Naveen has played only seven ODIs to date, taking 14 lattices at an normal of 25.42. Janat, who was recalled for the Asia Cup after a six- time gap from ODI justice, was dropped.
Naib, meanwhile, shone on his ODI comeback in the Pakistan series with the lattices of the openers in the third and final ODI and latterly took a four- gate haul against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup, but set up himself out of the team.
The rest of the team has a familiar look with the spin department grazed with some outstanding gift. Away from elderly baits Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, the team also features Mujeeb ur Rahman and Noor Ahmad.
The pace attack is bolstered by the return of Naveen, and also has Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman and Omarzai. Know More Latest Cricket News…
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.
Reserve Players: Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Farid Ahmad Malik