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ICC World Twenty20 2014: Team Guide - Afghanistan

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Updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:01 [IST]
 
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Mirpur, Mar 11: Afghanistan will be making their third straight appearance at the ICC World Twenty20 Championship. This year's tournament in Bangladesh will see Afghanistan, led by Mohamamd Nabi, playing in the first round (qualifiers) with seven others.

Tournament Guide

Afghanistan will start their campaign against hosts Bangladesh on March 16 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. They will be hoping to make the main round this time.

ICC WT20: Team Guide - Afghanistan

Here is Afghanistan's team profile

Afghanistan Squad

(Read as player name, age, shirt number)

1. Mohammad Nabi (captain) - 29 years - 7

2. Asghar Stanikzai - 27 years - 44

3. Dawlat Zadran - 25 years - 10

4. Gulbadin Naib - 22 years - 11

5. Hamid Hassan - 27 years - 66

6. Hamza Hotak - 22 years - 4

7. Karim Sadiq - 29 years - 84

8. Mirwais Ashraf - 26 years - 16

9. Najibullah Taraki - 23 years - 32

10. Najibullah Zadran - 21 years - 1

11. Nawroz Mangal - 29 years - 48

12. Samiullah Shenwari - 26 years - 45

13. Mohammad Shahzad - 26 years - 77

14. Shafiqullah - 24 years - 22

15. Shapoor Zadran - 26 years - 20

Coach: Kabir Khan

Afghanistan's Matches (Group A, Qualifying Stage)

If they top group in first round, will join Group 2 in man draw with India, Pakistan, Australia and West Indies

March 16 - Vs Bangladesh, Mirpur (9.30 AM GMT)

March 18 - Vs Hong Kong, Chittagong (9.30 AM GMT)

March 20 - Vs Nepal, Chittagon (9.30 AM GMT)

Afghanistan's rise on the world stage

Afghanistan's rise to international cricketing prominence has been one of the most remarkable stories of recent times.

In the recently concluded Asia Cup, they stunned hosts Bangladesh in their maiden appearance in the regional 50-over tournament.

In 2013 they won 26 of 28 matches in all formats against other Associate or Affiliate nations apart from Ireland.

This is its third ICC Global Event following its debut at the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, where it was defeated by India and South Africa in the Group Stage.

In the 2012 tournament, it lost by only 23 runs to India before losing more comprehensively, by 116 runs, to England.

Seven members of the 2010 squad also played in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2013 last November, a game it lost to Ireland.

It had already secured qualification for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with a 34-runs victory over Kenya at Sharjah.

That match included one of three man-of-the-match performances by leg-spinner Samiullah Shenwari, who was named player of the tournament. He finished joint third-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 16 wickets at 8.25 and an excellent economy rate of only 5.28.

Prior to its success in qualifying for this tournament, Afghanistan finished runner-up in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League

Championship to secure qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia New Zealand, their first 50-over ICC Global Event.

Past performances at World T20

2007 (South Africa) - Did not play

2009 (England) - Did not play

2010 (West Indies) - Group Stage

2012 (Sri Lanka) - Group Stage

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Story first published:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 11:52 [IST]
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