At the age of 32, Naib had beforehand captained Afghanistan within the final World Cup, which occurred in England 4 years in the past. During that match, Afghanistan confronted a difficult run, dropping all 9 of their matches, which in the end led to his elimination from the captaincy.
Nonetheless, Naib, who specialises in medium-pace bowling, demonstrated his price with a outstanding show within the final three one-day internationals (ODIs). Notably, he claimed seven wickets, together with a powerful 4-60 in opposition to Bangladesh in a latest Asia Cup encounter in Lahore.
On the opposite hand, Naveen has been introduced again into the squad. He had beforehand performed seven ODIs for Afghanistan, along with his final look relationship again to January 2021.
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) mentioned the squad is robust and is predicted to do nicely.
“Naveen-ul-Haq returned to the Afghanistan ODI squad after a two-year gap for the World Cup in India and it is a strong squad,” mentioned the ACB launch.
Hashmatullah Shahidi leads the squad that has 4 adjustments following a two-match loss within the Asia Cup and a 3-0 sequence wipe out in opposition to Pakistan in Sri Lanka.
Besides Naib, additionally out are Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Suliman Safi.
Afghanistan open their 2023 World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to Bangladesh in Dharamsala in India on October 7.
Afghanistan will hope their spin quartet of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Noor Ahmad do nicely on the spin pitches of India.
Afghanistan World Cup squad:
Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq
(With AFP inputs)