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Afghanistan Cricket


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Full NameAfghanistan

Founded1995

Prominent PlayersRashid Khan, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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PLAYER ROLE STYLE AGE
Rahmanullah Gurbaz Wicketkeeper Right Handed 20
Ikram Ali Khil Wicketkeeper Left Handed 21
Rahmat Shah Batsman Right Handed 28
Hashmatullah Shahidi Batsman Left Handed 27
Najibullah Zadran Batsman Left Handed 29
Ibrahim Zadran Batsman Right Handed 20
Riaz Hussan Batsman Right Handed 19
Mohammad Nabi All Rounder Right Handed 37
Gulbadin Naib All Rounder Right Handed 31
Azmatullah Omarzai All Rounder Right Handed 21
Shahidullah All Rounder Left Handed 23
Rashid Khan Bowler Right Arm 23
Mujeeb ur Rahman Bowler Right Arm 20
Yamin Ahmadzai Bowler Right Arm 29
Fareed Ahmad Bowler Left Arm 27
Qais Ahmad Bowler Right Arm 21
Fazalhaq Farooqi Bowler Left Arm 21
Mohammad Saleem Bowler Right Arm 19
Afsar Zazai Wicketkeeper Right Handed 28
Hazratullah Zazai Batsman Left Handed 23
Usman Ghani Batsman Right Handed 25
Darwish Rasooli Batsman Right Handed 22
Karim Janat All Rounder Right Handed 23
Nijat Masood Bowler Right Arm 23
Sharafuddin Ashraf Bowler Left Arm 27
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The history of the Afghanistan national cricket team is a tale of struggle and the determination it takes to overcome all odds and obstacles. Although the earliest recorded history of cricket in Afghanistan is of British troops playing in Kabul in 1839, it wasn't until the 1990s that cricket really took off in a country that was in constant turmoil. And it would take a couple of more decades before Afghanistan cricket was flourishing on the international arena.


Afghanistan cricket history


Afghanistan cricket was established by the Afghan refugees in Pakistan, who formed the Afghanistan Cricket Board in 1995. Although the sport was originally banned by the Taliban, it became the only sport to be approved by the Taliban in 2000.


Even after that, Afghanistan cricket team's road to international cricket was far from straightforward. Although they became an ICC Affiliate member in 2001, it wasn't until 2013 that they even became an ICC Associate member. Until they earned their Associate status, they played in the second tier of Pakistani domestic cricket even as US began to invade their country at the same time.


Afghanistan cricket history is one that shows us the power of determination and an undying will to make it to the top. After a couple of tournaments in Pakistan, Afghanistan cricket team slowly started to play Asian regional tournaments.


Afghanistan T20I, ODI, Test Status


In 2011, although Afghanistan cricket team failed to progress to the World Cup, they earned ODI status for four years.


They won the ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2009-10, were runners-up in 2011-13 and won again in 2015-17. In the World Cricket League, they rapidly rose through the ranks as they won the Division Five, Division Four and Division Three titles in the space of two years.


12 years after initially getting affiliate membership, Afghanistan cricket team finally became an Associate member in 2013. Four years after that, just over two decades after the inception of the Afghanistan cricket board, they gained Full member status and along with Ireland, became the 11th and 12th team to gain Test status. Afghanistan test cricket got underway in Bengaluru but it was a debut to forget as they lost their maiden Test by an innings and 262 runs inside two days.


Afghanistan national cricket team roster features several players who began their journey to international cricket in Pakistan. Afghanistan cricket team players have shown that they can compete with the best teams in the shorter formats of the game.


Afghanistan cricket squad includes Mohammad Nabi who is the country's leading run-getter and wicket-taker in ODIs. In T20Is, it is Nabi who is the leading wicket-taker but Mohammad Shahzad holds the national record for most runs. Currently, Afghanistan cricket captain Asghar Stanikzai is fourth on the list of most runs in ODIs and T20Is for the country. Phil Simmons is the current Afghanistan cricket coach.


As they are unable to play in the war-torn nation of Afghanistan, they have been forced to play their home games elsewhere. Their relationship with the BCCI has been hugely beneficial for Afghanistan cricket as the current Afghanistan cricket home ground is in India. They have played their home matches in the stadiums in Noida and Dehradun.


For all the latest Afghanistan cricket news, Sportskeeda is your one-stop shop, where you can check the Afghanistan national cricket team page for latest updates.

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