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09 December 201416:09

Afghanistan announce Preliminary 30 Man World Cup Squad

Faces that have been part of the national team over the past few years brought together for team’s first World Cup appearance

Afghanistan announce Preliminary 30 Man World Cup Squad - Cricket News

Having made its World Twenty20 debut in 2010, Afghanistan will feature in the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time ever.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board announced its preliminary 30-man squad for the national team’s maiden appearance at the ICC World Cup 2015 to be held in Australia and New Zealand on Tuesday (December 9).

There was no major surprise in the squad with the regular faces that have been part of the national team over the last few years getting the nod. Afghanistan's rapid ascent from the fifth division of world cricket to qualifying for its first World Cup has been regarded as one of cricket's biggest success stories.

Afghanistan, part of Pool A, opens its tournament against Bangladesh on February 18 in Canberra.

1. Mohammad Nabi
2. Nawroz Mangal
3. Usman Ghani
4. Javed Ahmadi
5. Afsar Zazai
6. Asghar Stanekzai
7. Shafiqullah Shafaq
8. Samiullah Shinwari
9. Merwais Ashraf
10. Gulbadin Naib
11. Hamid Hassan
12. Shapoor Zadran
13. Dawlat Zadran
14. Izatullah
15. Aftab Alam
16. Farid Malik
17. Najibullah Zadran
18. Nasir Jamal
19. Sharafudin Ashraf
20. Mohammad Shahzad
21. Karim Sadiq
22. Shabir Noori
23. Hashmatullah Shahidi
24. Yamin Ahmadzai
25. Hamza Hotak
26. Najib Tarakai
27. Fazal Naizi
28. Mohammad Mujtaba
29. Noor Ali
30. Rahmat Shah