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Khan, Nabi to spearhead Afghanistan’s Cup squad

AFP
Published : Apr 23, 2019, 2:28 am IST
Updated : Apr 23, 2019, 2:28 am IST

Naib had earlier this month been announced as captain, replacing Asghar Afghan who has still been included in the squad.

Rashid Khan
 Rashid Khan

Kabul: Spin sensation Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi will spearhead Afghanistan’s assault on the World Cup after a 15-man squad was announced on Monday.

Seaming all-rounder Gulbadin Naib will captain the side when they head to England and Wales for the global showpiece which begins on May 30, the Afghanistan Cricket Board said.

Joining the spin attack of Khan and Nabi — who led Afghanistan in their first World Cup four years ago — will be 18-year-old mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Fast bowler Hamid Hasan returns for the first time since 2017 because of fitness issues alongside other frontline quicks Dawlat Zadran and Aftab Alam.

Naib had earlier this month been announced as captain, replacing Asghar Afghan who has still been included in the squad.

Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai, head of the Cricket Board’s selection committee, said they had tried to select “a successful, experienced and balanced team”. While most of the Afghan team are at a training camp in South Africa, the spinners are all warming up for the 50-over World Cup in the Indian Premier League.

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