Afghanistan – T20I Team Ranking, Matches & Squad for ICC T20 World Cup 2021

The upcoming International Cricket Council T20 World Cup happens to be the seventh edition of the event and is scheduled to start from the 17th of October this year. The summit clash is scheduled to take place on the 14th of November. In this context, it should be kept in mind that the tournament was previously scheduled to take place in India, but due to the number of rising cases of COVID – 19 in the nation, the venue was shifted to the UAE and Oman.

Afghanistan’s national cricket team has entered the Super 12 in the competition all thanks to the team’s ability to qualify in the marquee event.

The national cricket team of Afghanistan sits at Group 2 in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup. The team is grouped with notable teams from – 

  • India
  • New Zealand 
  • Pakistan

Two more teams will join the group when the qualifier stage comes to an end.

Team Afghanistan is supposed to compete with the team that wins the first round of Group B, and the match will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 25.

There is some bad news though!

Afghanistan has been through a lot over the years. The recent takeover of the country again by the Taliban after 20+ years is a serious blow not only to the nation but also to the cricket lovers in Afghanistan.

Why?

Well, ICC will ban the nation’s cricket squad if it chooses to participate in the event and brandish the Taliban flag. Hopefully, this will not be the case as the people of Afghanistan do need a respite from all the turmoil the country has gone through recently.

Here are the details about Afghanistan’s squad, team ranking, and match schedule – 

Afghanistan’s squad

There were strong rumors that team Afghanistan will not be participating in the T20 World Cup as the Taliban took over the governance of the nation. But the news turned out to be wrong.

The nation’s finalized cricket squad is as follows – 

  • Mohammad Nabi ( C )
  • Rashid Khan
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk)
  • Karim Janat
  • Hazratullah Zazai
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Usman Ghani
  • Naveen ul Haq
  • Asghar Afghan
  • Hamid Hassan
  • Sharafuddin Ashraf
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Dawlat Zadran
  • Hashmatullah Shahidi
  • Shapoor Zadran
  • Mohammad Shahzad (wk)
  • Qais Ahmad
  • Afsar Zazai (Reserve)
  • Fareed Ahmad (Reserve)

The team is confident about their performance in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Afghanistan certainly has the players to cause an upset by defeating one of the bigger teams. 

Team Ranking

At present, the national cricket team of Afghanistan is currently seventh in the official team ranking list set by the ICC. However, this ranking will change as soon as the team enters the competition, and starts playing.

Match schedule

Team Afghanistan has been awarded the following schedule for their playoffs – 

Date Match Venue
25th Oct 21 Afg vs Qualifier (B1) Sharjah
29th Oct 21 Afg vs Pak Dubai
31st Oct 21 Afg vs Qualifier (A2) Abu Dhabi
3rd Nov 21 Afg vs Ind Abu Dhabi
7th Nov 21 Afg vs NZ Abu Dhabi

 

Reference Link: 

  1. https://sportstar.thehindu.com/cricket/t20-world-cup-2021-team-list-full-squads-fixtures-india-pakistan-west-indies-england-australia-bangladesh-afghanistan/article36491568.ece
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