ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Afghanistan team analysis and chances

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The spin-heavy team will be looking to break dreams for top teams


Afghanistan has come a long way since they became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 2001. They played some top class international cricket in recent years which got them the test status and full ICC membership in 2017.

The team has been on a great voyage since last World Cup appearance

Afghanistan team debuted in the World Cup in 2015 where they could manage to win only one game. Qualifying for the World Cup 2015 was a great thing for Afghanistan as many team members got training under the refugee camps outside their long-suffering country. From 2015 to 2019, it has been an extraordinary journey for the Afghan team.  Being in the top 10 teams to qualify for the World cup 2019 is a big deal to them as they have evicted teams like Ireland, Scotland, and Zimbabwe.

Some players from the team have been playing league matches all over the world. Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammad Nabi, and Mohammad Shahjad have played cricket in many countries which have given them enough exposure to play against big teams.

Batting is decent but not enough for big tournaments

Hazratullah Zazai, Noor Ali Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi are the specialist batsman for the team. All-Rounders Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib will provide the necessary balance to the team. Batting is decent but it would depend upon the players on how they handle the pressure in a big tournament.

Spinners are the backbone for team

Pace-attack looks ordinary for Gulbadin Naib’s team. They have Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran and Hamid Hassan are the core of fast bowling who will be accompanied by other all-rounders as well. The Spin-attack of the team is one of the best in the World Cup. When you have Rashid Khan one of the best bowlers in the world currently, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Nabi, you are surely a spin-heavy team. However, there won’t be much spin in England but if there are any odd pitches, these three can uproot any batting line-up.

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Difficult to see them winning more than 3 games

It would be too much to expect from Afghanistan to win more than 3 games in the group stage. They will enter the World Cup as party spoilers and can ruin the dream of top teams.

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