2019 World Cup Afghanistan Squad, Players Names, Team List

After failing to qualify directly for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Afghanistan almost missed out on a berth in the tournament as they lost their first three matches in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. With luck on their side, they somehow went all the way, won the tournament and booked their spot in the World Cup.

Come June 2019, the Afghan men will look to create an upset or two as they have an underrated squad at their disposal. Their bowling is their strength and they easily have the best spin bowling attack among all the ten teams in the tournament. Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad will open the batting and will look to do what he has been doing for his team all these while, taking them off to a flying start. Opening the batting with Shahzad will be Javed Ahmedi.

Coming in at number three will be one of their consistent batsmen in the format, Rahmat Shah, followed by Asghar Stanikzai and veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. Nabi has been a part of every single T20 competition across the globe and will look to use his experience and spearhead his side in the World Cup. Big-hitting batsmen Najibullah Zadran and Gulbadin Naib will bat at number 6 and 7 and will complete their batting.

With a handful of quality pacers at their disposal, it will be interesting to see who among Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran and Hamid Hassan get the nod in the playing XI. In all likelihood, Hamid, who is on the sidelines is expected to make way for the Zadrans.

As mentioned earlier, the Afghans have the best spin bowling unit in the world as they have the likes of number 1 leg-spinner in the world, Rashid Khan and mystery spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman. Let us take a look at how the Afghans will line up in the 2019 World Cup.

2019 World Cup Afghanistan Squad

  1. Mohammad Shahzad
  2. Javed Ahmedi
  3. Rahmat Shah
  4. Asghar Stanikzai
  5. Mohammad Nabi
  6. Najibullah Zadran
  7. Gulbadin Naib
  8. Rashid Khan
  9. Dawlat Zadran
  10. Mujeeb ur Rahman
  11. Shapoor Zadran
  12. Shafiqullah
  13. Zahir Khan
  14. Azamatullah
  15. Hamid Hassan

2019 World Cup Afghanistan Probable Last 11

  • Mohammad Shahzad
  • Javed Ahmedi
  • Rahmat Shah
  • Asghar Stanikzai
  • Mohammad Nabi
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Rashid Khan
  • Dawlat Zadran
  • Mujeeb ur Rahman
  • Shapoor Zadran