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ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Andy Flower appointed Afghanistan's national team consultant
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ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Andy Flower appointed Afghanistan's national team consultant

Flower had played a pivotal role in guiding England to a victory at the T20 World Cup in 2010 during his time at the helm between 2009 and 2014.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Afghanistan bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Blue Tigers can trust Mujeeb with new ball on UK tracks
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Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Afghanistan bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Blue Tigers can trust Mujeeb with new ball on UK tracks

Still just 18 years old, Mujeeb made his ODI debut only 17 months ago (one of only two players in the squad to debut within the last three years) and is already 5th in Afghanistan’s all-time ODI wicket-taking tables with 51 scalps.

Aftab Alam, Afghanistan bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Aftab Alam's medium pace asset for Blue Tigers on UK tracks
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Aftab Alam, Afghanistan bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Aftab Alam's medium pace asset for Blue Tigers on UK tracks

Dogged and dependable even when conditions are against him, Alam’s bustling medium pace may yet prove an asset in England.

Dawlat Zadran, Afghanistan bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Pacer crucial for Afghans with new and old ball at mega event
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Dawlat Zadran, Afghanistan bowler, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Pacer crucial for Afghans with new and old ball at mega event

As first-choice opening seamer and lower-order wildcard, Zadran will play a key role with the ball at the start of the innings and the bat at the close.

Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Nabi's experience, proven record sets him apart at ten-nation event
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Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Nabi's experience, proven record sets him apart at ten-nation event

Nabi, though still a crucial component of both the Afghan batting and bowling units, may well be heading into his second and last World Cup. But for him, it’s likely Afghanistan would still be waiting to play in their first.

Samiullah Shinwari, Afghanistan all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Experienced campaigner will be looking to silence critics on big stage
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Samiullah Shinwari, Afghanistan all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Experienced campaigner will be looking to silence critics on big stage

Shinwari is a stubborn and unconventional lower-middle-order bat, whose experience and all-round abilities add depth to the Afghan squad.

Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Calm Shahidi can play the stabilising role in middle order
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Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Calm Shahidi can play the stabilising role in middle order

Together with Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi is one of the few Afghan batsmen who might reasonably claim to be a stabilising influence on the batting.

Noor Ali Zadran, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Experienced Noor Ali has important role to play in ten-nation event
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Noor Ali Zadran, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Experienced Noor Ali has important role to play in ten-nation event

Noor Ali is a seasoned campaigner and experienced opening batsman, whose role behind the scenes may be as important as on the field.

Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Afghan's experience to come handy for new captain Naib
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Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Afghan's experience to come handy for new captain Naib

Afghan is an experienced and capable presence in the middle order, and will be an important source of support and insight in the field for captain Naib.

Rahmat Shah, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Rahmat's role will be to steady innings in middle overs
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Rahmat Shah, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Rahmat's role will be to steady innings in middle overs

Shah is an experienced and versatile middle-order bat, equally capable of steadying the innings or pressing the advantage.

Hazratullah Zazai, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Zazai's six-hitting abilities can be crucial at top of batting order
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Hazratullah Zazai, Afghanistan batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Zazai's six-hitting abilities can be crucial at top of batting order

Zazai is a big-hitting opening batsman, and Afghanistan will look to him to clear the ropes early and often.

Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan wicketkeeper, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Aggressive Shahzad can provide Afghanistan explosive starts
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Mohammad Shahzad, Afghanistan wicketkeeper, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Aggressive Shahzad can provide Afghanistan explosive starts

A healthy contempt for the reputation any and all bowlers, coupled with a sharp eye, quick reactions and seemingly spring-loaded hands make Shahzad a mercurial but menacing presence at the top of the order, happy to take on even the most intimidating of pace bowlers and more often than coming out on top, at least for a while.

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: A game-changer, Rashid is Afghanistan's most lethal weapon
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Rashid Khan, Afghanistan all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: A game-changer, Rashid is Afghanistan's most lethal weapon

More than just a match-winner, Rashid is a game-changer. An attacking, unconventional wrist-spinner who barely uses his wrist, he extracts remarkable turn despite a flat, fast trajectory relying primarily on grip and finger-strength.

Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Newly-appointed captain's never-say-die attitude breathes confidence into side
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Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan all-rounder, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Newly-appointed captain's never-say-die attitude breathes confidence into side

For all the controversy around his appointment, Afghanistan’s new captain has a creditable never-say-die attitude both on and off the field, perhaps in part a product of his own personal battle to nail down a place in the side.

Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Highlights, Asia Cup 2018: Sarfraz Ahmed and Co claim three-wicket victory in Super Four match
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Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Highlights, Asia Cup 2018: Sarfraz Ahmed and Co claim three-wicket victory in Super Four match

Catch all the latest scores and updates from the Asia Cup 2018 match between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

India vs Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai and Co's biggest moment, as well as toughest test, arrives in international cricket
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India vs Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai and Co's biggest moment, as well as toughest test, arrives in international cricket

Twenty eight days after this team lost its fellow cricketers in a terrorist attack, Afghanistan will be out to tell those who don’t want cricket to prosper and bring peace back home that this game will go on. That the only battle they know is fought on a cricket pitch.

India vs Afghanistan: Dinesh Karthik likely to replace Wriddhiman Saha in one-off Test in Bengaluru
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India vs Afghanistan: Dinesh Karthik likely to replace Wriddhiman Saha in one-off Test in Bengaluru

According to sources close to the selection committee, MSK Prasad and Co are looking at the England tour, where Karthik could make the cut in the longest format also.

Ajinkya Rahane says rejection from India's limited overs' side will give time to prepare for England Tests
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Ajinkya Rahane says rejection from India's limited overs' side will give time to prepare for England Tests

Ajinkya Rahane believes that being overlooked for the limited overs leg of the UK tour will give him more time to do his homework for the big-ticket 5-match Test series against England, starting 1 August.