Afghanistan has announced their 23 players squad for world cup training camp to be held in South Africa. The squad will play 6 matches there. Most probably, the squad of 15 players of Afghanistan for world cup will be announced on the basis of performance of players in these training matches.
Gulab Nabi has been named as new captain of the squad instead of Asghar Afghan. This is a big change as Asghar Afghan has been leading Aghanistan cricket team from last 4 years. ACB’s chief selector Dawalt Ahmadzai were optimistic on Naib appointment as new captain. He said: “Asghar Afghan, who captained team Afghanistan for a period of around four years, achieved a lot and made the country proud, and I hope Gulbadin Naib will be able to continue his legacy at the helm of the team’s affairs. Gulbadin Naib is a senior player who has also led the Mis-e-Ainak regional team on many occasions and we hope that he will play a vital role in the team’s future success”.
Rashid khan named as the vice captain of squad. He and Gulab Nabi has major role to play not in just training camp matches but also in world cup. They have been performing well from last 2 years in various leagues. Afghanistan will be hoping that they continue their performance in world cup also. World cup will start from 30th May with match of England vs South Africa. Afghanistan will start their world cup campaign against Australia from 1st June.
Gulbadin Naib (c), Rashid Khan (vc), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Najib Zadran, Darwish Rasooli, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Shapoor Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Karim Janat, Qais Ahmad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Sayed Shirzad, Samiullah Shinwari.