Cricket World Cup Fantasy 2019 – Afghanistan Squad

The history of Afghanistan cricket is much interesting. Fans of world cup fantasy cricket might know that the British played cricket in Afghanistan during the 19th century. However, the sport became popular amongst the Afghans living at the refugee camps in Pakistan during 1900.

In the early 2000s, when the Afghans began to move back home, they took cricket with them. To the joy of the world cup fantasy league cricket fans of the nation, a cricket board was formed in 1995. And a national team in 2001 which got affiliation from ICC in the same year.

The Afghanistan team had a series of success and losses in various international fronts. They narrowly missed their entry to World Cup 2011 and made their debut in the last cricket world cup. During their first ODI fantasy world cup appearance in 2015, they lost 5 matches in the group stage. Following this, they created history when they beat Scotland by 1 wicket on 26th February 2015. They recorded their first ever World Cup match win. It was a momentous occasion for them.

In 2018, the Afghanistan team gave a brilliant performance in the Asia Cup. Like with most new teams, there is a question of the immediate future once they have reached prominence. But in Afghanistan’s case, the next generation seems ready for the upcoming world cup cricket game in 2019.

Let us take a look at the declared Afghanistan squad for World Cup 2019. Read on:

BATSMEN

Noor Ali Zadran
Age – 30
Matches Played – 46
Runs – 1148
Highest Score – 114
Average – 24.96
Strike Rate – 63.39
50s/100s – 7/1
Previous World Cup Appearance –None

Hazratullah Zazai
Age – 21
Matches Played – 6
Runs – 155
Highest Score – 67
Average – 25.83
Strike Rate – 106.9
50s/100s – 1/0
Previous World Cup Appearance –None

Asghar Afghan
Age – 31
Matches Played – 99
Runs – 2056
Highest Score – 101
Average – 23.63
Strike Rate – 65.17
50s/100s – 11/1
Previous World Cup Appearance –2015

Hashmatullah Shahidi
Age – 24
Matches Played – 29
Runs – 748
Highest Score – 97
Average – 32.52
Strike Rate – 63.39
50s/100s – 6/0
Previous World Cup Appearance –None

Najibullah Zadran
Age – 26
Matches Played – 54
Runs – 1210
Highest Score – 104
Average – 28.81
Strike Rate – 88.19
50s/100s – 8/1
Previous World Cup Appearance –2015

ALL-ROUNDER

Rahmat Shah (Batting All-rounder)
Age – 25
Matches Played – 57
Runs – 1822
Highest Score – 114
Average – 35.04
Strike Rate – 69.86
50s/100s – 13/3
Wickets – 12
Best bowling figures – 5/32
Economy – 5.91
Previous World Cup Appearance –None

Gulbadin Naib (Captain)(Bowling All-rounder)
Age – 28
Matches Played – 51
Runs – 807
Highest Score – 82
Average – 22.42
Strike Rate – 71.04
50s/100s – 5/0
Wickets – 40
Best bowling figures – 4/27
Economy – 5.12
Previous World Cup Appearance – 2015

Samiullah Shenwari (Batting All-rounder)
Age – 32
Matches Played – 82
Runs – 1776
Highest Score – 96
Average – 29.11
Strike Rate – 66.1
50s/100s – 11/0
Wickets – 47
Best bowling figures – 4/31
Economy – 4.9
Previous World Cup Appearance – None

Mohammad Nabi (Bowling All-rounder)
Age – 34
Matches Played – 111
Runs – 2579
Highest Score – 116
Average – 28.66
Strike Rate – 87.13
50s/100s – 13/1
Wickets – 118
Best bowling figures – 4/30
Economy – 4.25
Previous World Cup Appearance – 2015

WICKET-KEEPER

Mohammad Shahzad (Keeper)
Age – 31
Matches Played – 80
Runs – 2598
Highest Score – 131
Average – 33.74
Strike Rate – 89.09
50s/100s – 13/5
Previous World Cup Appearance –None

BOWLER

Rashid Khan
Age – 20
Matches Played – 56
Wickets – 123
Best bowling figures – 7/18
Average – 15.0
Economy – 3.91
5-wickets hauls – 4
Previous World Cup Appearance – None

Dawlat Zadran
Age – 31
Matches Played – 73
Wickets – 103
Best bowling figures – 4/22
Average – 29.14
Economy – 5.31
Previous World Cup Appearance – 2015

Aftab Alam
Age – 26
Matches Played – 21
Wickets – 31
Best bowling figures – 4/25
Average – 25.71
Economy – 4.84
Previous World Cup Appearance – 2015

Hamid Hassan
Age – 31
Matches Played – 33
Wickets – 59
Best bowling figures – 5/45
Average – 19.63
Economy – 4.52
5-wickets hauls – 1
Previous World Cup Appearance – 2015

Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Age – 18
Matches Played – 28
Wickets – 51
Best bowling figures – 5/50
Average – 18.8
Economy – 3.75
5-wickets hauls – 1
Previous World Cup Appearance – None

*Records have been compiled as on April 25, 2019

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Read More:
1. World Cup Fantasy Cricket 2019 – Indian Squad
2. World Cup Fantasy Cricket 2019 – Australian Squad
3. Cricket World Cup Fantasy 2019 – Bangladesh Squad

Cricket History of Afghanistan in Asia Cup

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Historical link of cricket in Afghanistan is dated back to 19th century. The first time cricket was played in the nation during Anglo-Afghan Wars at the 19th century. The match played with British troops most likely at Kabul in 1839. But, unlike many nations, no lasting cricket inheritance left by the departing British troops. And it would be more than a hundred years before cricket returned in the nation. 

During the 1990s, cricket became well-liked amongst Afghan refugees in Pakistan. In 1995, Afghanistan Cricket Federation formed there. They kept on playing cricket after their return to their home country during late 2001. During the reign of the Taliban, like all sports, cricket originally banned by them. However, it was turning out to be an exception in the year 2000 the Afghanistan Cricket Federation chosen as an affiliate member of the ICC the next year. 

In the present day cricket is one of the most popular sports in Afghanistan, and we can all witness the brilliant performance of Afghanistan team in the international cricket scenario. Afghanistan team has made rapid improvement in the international world of cricket. 

National team 

The Afghanistan national cricket team represents the nation of Afghanistan in international cricket matches. The national cricket team of Afghanistan formed in 2001. This team played in the 2009 World Cup Qualifier after rising fast through the World Cricket League, beginning in Division Five in May 2008. The team plays in the Elite division of the ACC Trophy. 

21-run win of Afghanistan over Namibia in Krugersdorp brought them official One Day International status. The Afghanistan team won their first One Day International against Scotland. In the year 2011, the national team qualified for the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. 

Asia Cup 2018 

Afghanistan appeared in the 12th edition of the Asia Cup which was held in the year 2014, for the first time. The second time it appeared at Asia Cup in 2016 which held for the first time in T20 format. And Asia Cup 2018 is the third appearance for Afghanistan team, which played in ODI format. 

Witnessing the recent past performance of the team, we are surely going to enjoy the Asia Cup performance and also the future performances of the team. Players such as Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman and the right-arm bowler Dawlat Zadran are the gem of the team. 

We are all glued to the screen to watch the team’s future performances and win our hearts with good sport. Good luck to them! 

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