Afghanistan declared their World Cup-19 squad under Gulbadin Naib’s captaincy. Accordingly, some confusions created for the captain’s title, then Cricket Afghanistan declared fifteen men with some surprise as well.
Hamid Hassan included the squad
However, Hamid Hassan last played an ODI back in July 2016 against Ireland. He has been suffering in heel, knee and thigh injuries. Hassan has also not appeared in first-class cricket since December 2017 when he played for Band-e-Amir region. The pacer returned to the Afghanistan squad for the T-20 series against Zimbabwe in February last year only.
But laid low by an injury during one of the training sessions. Hamid Hassan has bagged 56 ODI wickets at an average of just over 20 that was a key part of Afghanistan’s creditable show in the 2015 World Cup and ending up with eight wickets to his name.
Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai, the chief selector
Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai, the chief selector accepted the return as a piece of good news for Afghanistan cricket, “Luckily for us, the comeback of senior Fast bowler Hamid Hassan is a piece of good news. However, we will take into account his form and fitness during upcoming practice matches.”
The selection committee had other choices too
Despite, the selection committee decided not to pick Zahir Khan, Ikram Alikhil, Karim Janet, Sayed Shirzad, Javed Ahmadi, Shapoor Zadran and Fareed Malik for the mega tournament like ICC World Cup-19. All of them were part of Afghanistan’s ODI squad in the recently concluded ODI series versus Ireland. But Ikram, Janet, and Shirzad have been picked as reserve players.
The chief selector asserted, “The final decision has been made based on many facts and considerations. I would like to thank all those who continue to support our national heroes”
The chief selector committed to finding the best set-up
The chief selector committed to finding the best set-up for upcoming ICC World Cup-19, “As chief selector, It is my duty to select a competitive team. However, there were some challenges that we needed to handle. We selected the best squad considering factors such as experience, fitness, team balance, current form, and conditions. We hope to play great cricket without any fear and with a fighting spirit in the tournament.”
Let’s have a look on the squad
Gulbadin Naib (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
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Therefore, Afghanistan declared their World Cup-19 squad under Gulbadin Naib’s captaincy. Hope Afghanistan will do well in the ICC World Cup-19 as well.