If you want to see the transformation and evolution of cricket at a pace, have a look at the Afghanistan cricket team and players. They are no more an associate team as they have clinched victories at a higher speed than anyone else. They thrashed opponents in World Cup 2019 qualifiers and later shown their emergence in recent Asia cup where Afghanistan almost defeated Pakistan and then on astonishingly tied a match against India in the same tournament and was led by Asghar Afghan. Their current form in T20s had led them to direct qualification in World Cup T20 in 2020.
Biography of Afghanistan Team
Wicket-keeper batsman Muhammad Shahzad has been an impact player since his debut in 2009. He showed his class by hitting the ball clean and hard and was seen even playing helicopter shot copying MS Dhoni from India. Shahzad also played a blistering knock in T10 league by scoring 76 in just 16 balls. He will be the key player for Afghanistan in Wt19.
Asghar Afghan (Captain)
Current captain of Afghanistan team and players, Asghar afghan, is a right-handed batsman who made debut in 2009. He will be in headlines in WC19 as he is well known for building a partnership as a middle order batsman.
Batting all-rounder Javed Ahmadi made his debut in 2010. He has though not been an impact player but his ability to play a knock worth remembering. He has dismissed eight batsmen so far with his slow right arm off-break.
Right-handed middle order batsman Rahmat Shah made his debut in 2013 against Scotland in Sharjah. He has scored 1713 runs at an average of 36.44 in 53 ODIs he played.
Former Captain and backbone of AFG batting and bowling, Muhammad Nabi is among the best all-rounders in the world. Has played 109 matches, scored 2435 runs with the bat and took 114 wickets in this format.
Afghanistan’s dominance in cricket is also because of their one world-class mystery spinner Rashid Khan. The right arm wrist spin bowler loaded with unplayable deliveries that may even leave world-class batsmen shattered. Also, his hard-hitting in Asia cup made him an all-rounder and will be for sure the star in WC19 for Afghanistan and their team. He has taken 118 wickets in just 52 matches.
Shahidi made his debut in 2013 against Kenya. In his 25 ODI caps, he managed to score 1057 runs at an average of decent 33.75.
Right arm medium fast bowler, Gulbadin Naib made his debut in 2011. Every Afghani player is emerging as a hard hitter, and he is also improving with a batting average around 22 and taken 37 wickets in 49 matches
This teenager lad is bestowed with massive talent as he is among the top bowlers in the world and a second mystery spinner in the Afghan squad. The 17-year-old right arm bowler had taken 44 wickets in just 23 ODIs.
The middle-order batsman, Najibullah Zadran, is capable of holding a partnership together. Najib has scored 1242 runs so far at an average of 26.96. Najib will be a crucial batsman in Afghan middle order.
Though Afghanistan will be missing Shahpoor and Zadran as main strike bowlers, they still have a decent medium pacer Aftab Alam in their bowling line-up which has taken 27 wickets so far in 20 ODI caps with the best bowling figure 3/48. England will suit seamers so let’s see how Aftab copes with those conditions.