Afghanistan's team for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 incorporates a range of slow-bowling players. On 9 September, the Afghanistan squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 has disclosed by the cricket governing body of Afghanistan (Afghanistan Cricket Board). Rashid Khan will lead the assault, and he'll be backed by Mohammad Nabi and Sharafuddin Ashraf, who are also all-rounders.
Rashid Khan, the team's captain, resigned from his position due to a disagreement with the cricket board over squad selection. He revealed on Twitter that the ACB selection panel did not get his approval. Captaincy comes with a lot of responsibility, which is why Rashid was reluctant to accept the job when it was offered to him in July of this year. He did, however, accept the offer in the end.
Hamid Hasan and Mohammad Shahzad return to the 18-man lineup, which also includes Afsar Zazai and Farid Ahmad Malik as reserves. Zadrans, Shapoor, and Dawlat all returned to the squad to strengthen their squad for the mega competition of T20I cricket.
Both Qais Ahmad and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have picked and will be playing in the competition for Afghanistan. On 25th October, Afghanistan will confront the victors of group B from round 1 and they may be Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, or Bangladesh.
Hard-hitting batsmen make up the majority of Afghanistan's batting track in T20 cricket. Usman, Hazratullah Zazai, and Rahmanullah Gurbaz will be the team's opening batsmen at the T20 World Cup in 2021.
Since Afghanistan depend on their medium pace bowlers, they've never had a powerful fast bowler. There's no doubt that the ICC T20 World Cup in 2021 will be more difficult for them because of the lack of pace bowlers. Nevertheless, Zawalat Zardan, Shapur Zardan, and Qaiz Ahmed are going to be their primary bowlers.
Afghanistan's spinners are among the best in the world whenever it refers to spin bowling. Rashid Khan and Mujeed-ur Rahman are now the greatest and most reliable options in the team's lineup.
Afghanistan team is positioned in Group 2 which contains some of the powerful competitors of the tournament like India, New Zealand, Pakistan. This group also includes two more squads that will join the group after qualifying round 1. Afghanistan will compete in the T20 World Cup for the fifth time in a row in 2021. However, they had a weak result in the previous versions of this event, and they haven't improved since then. Afghanistan will focus on turning things around and try to dominate the opposition with their performances in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 with a fresh team and a new captain.
Unquestionably, Afghanistan is one of the most threatening T20 sides in the world. In the recent T20 series, the Afghan team has stunned all of us with their mind-blowing efforts, and they will pose a significant danger to the other developing sides in this tournament. Afghanistan has been able to discover the right blend for the T20 game over the past several months. This team now has some of the best T20 batsmen in the world. Aside from that, they have world-class spin bowlers and some solid pace attackers in their team as well.
Afghanistan T20 World Cup 2021 Squad
- Gulbadin Naib (c)
- Mohammad Shahzad (wk)
- Noor Ali Zadran
- Hazratullah Zazai
- Rahmat Shah
- Asghar Afghan
- Hashmatullah Shahidi
- Najibullah Zadran
- Samiullah Shinwari
- Mohammad Nabi
- Rashid Khan
- Dawlat Zadran
- Aftab Alam
- Hamid Hassan
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
It is no secret that Afghanistan cricket is experiencing instability due to the Taliban's rise in the country, which has also put the existence of the national women's squad in doubt. An additional possibility of de-recognition by the ICC hangs over ACB since Taliban control has put a question mark over the survival of the Afghan women's squad.