ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 - Afghanistan - Team Preview

Afghanistan have a well-balanced squad to win ICC Qualifiers 2018
Afghanistan have a well-balanced squad to win ICC Qualifiers 2018
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Afghanistan will enter the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2018 as one of the firm favourites to win the tournament.

Afghanistan will look to build from most of their success in the last one year that even saw them achieve Test status along with Ireland. They had a successful outing in Greater Noida where they trounced Ireland 3-2 and also won the ICC Intercontinental Cup against the same opposition and in the tour of West Indies they levelled the series 1-1 and headed into the tournament with a 4-1 series win over Zimbabwe in Sharjah.

The emergence of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi has been recognised globally with them featuring in T20 leagues globally and with Asghar Stanikzai set to miss the start of the tournament, the former has been assigned the job of leading the side. Rahmat Shah has been their most consistent performer with the bat while Mohammad Shahzad's return from the ban on violation of anti-doping will be welcomed. Overall, they possess a balanced side with strengths in both spin and pace resources.

Group: Afghanistan will be part of Group B that also has Hong Kong, Nepal, Zimbabwe and Scotland.

Fixtures:

v Scotland, Bulawayo Athletic Club, 4th March
v Zimbabwe, Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, 6th March
v Hong Kong, Bulawayo Athletic Club, 8th March
v Nepal, Bulawayo Athletic Club, 10th March

Squad:

Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Ihsanullah Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Nasir Jamal, Javed Ahmadi, Mujeeb Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Rashid Khan (captain), Samiullah Shinwari, Shahpoor Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Asghar Stanikzai

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