Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad (ODI)

Uswa Toheed

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Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad

The Afghanistan men’s cricket team has played cricket since the 19th century but this cricket team found success in the 20th century. In 2001, it was associated with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and in 2003 became a member of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC). Afghanistan Cricket Board got full membership in ICC on June 22, 2017. Afghanistan played its first test match against India on June 14-18, 2018 and its first ODI against Scotland on April 19, 2009. The team played their first-ever T20I in February 2010, against Bangladesh.

Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team 2023

Team Captain’s of all Format

One Day International (ODI) captainHashmatullah Shahidi
Twenty20 International (T20I) captainRashid Khan
Test captainHashmatullah Shahidi
CoachJonathan Trott

Playing Squad

Openers

PlayersPosition
Ibrahim ZadranRight-handed batsman/ Right-arm medium fast
Rahmanullah GurbazRight-handed batsman/ Wicketkeeper

Middle-Order

PlayersPosition
Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)Left-handed batsman
Rahmat ShahRight-handed batsman
Najibullah ZadranAll-rounder/ Right-handed batsman

Wicketkeeper

PlayerPosition
Ikram Ali KhilWicketkeeper/ Batsman

All-Rounder

7.Gulbadin NaibPace all-rounder
8.Muhammad NabiSpin all-rounder

Spinners

PlayersPosition
Rashid KhanRight-arm leg spinner
Noor AhmadLeft-arm spinner
Mujeeb Ur RahmanRight-arm off-spinner

Others Players for Replacement

PlayersPosition
Riaz HassanRight-handed batsman
Abdul RahmanRight-handed batsma/ Right-arm medium-fast bowler 
Sharafuddin AshrafAll-rounder
Muhammad Saleem SafiRight-arm fast bowler
Karim JannatRight-arm medium fast-bowler
Fazal Haq FarooqiLeft-arm medium-fast bowler

Players Record

Ibrahim Zadran

Ibrahim Zadran is 21 years old and a right-handed batsman, and right-arm medium-fast bowler. He started his career as a cricketer for the international team Afghanistan on September 5, 2019. Ibrahim has a tight approach. His batting is the power of the team but his bowling will not compete in the match.

Ibrahim Zadran, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

In the test 2019, against Bangladesh, he became one of the youngest players to score fifty. He is included in the team as an opener and a consistent player who plays many amazing shots. His life-changing 162 runs in 138 balls in the final ODI against Sri Lanka also broke the record of Muhammad Shahzad’s 131. He became the first Afghanistan player who scored the highest individual runs.

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI147491624262.41
Test5362870336.20
T20I2453064*0226.50

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI141211/131313.00
Test50
T20I240

Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Rahmanullah is 21 years old and a right-handed batsman. Rahmanullah scored a century on his debut in a One Day International match and became the first batsman of Afghanistan who score a century in January 2021. Moreover, he will play as an opener and also a wicketkeeper. Gurbaz became part of the team in September 2019.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Rehmanullah, as a competitive batter, strengthens the batting side of the Afghanistan team. His aggressive mood and impatience nature create problems for the team. He played the shot too early before judging the ball so he lost his most wickets. He scored his career-best score of 145 in the ODI. As an opener, Rahmanullah would be the best choice for creating some pressure on the opposition team.

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI217791454240.68
Test
T20I431043870524.85

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI21
Test
T20I43

Hashmatullah Shahidi

Hashmatullah Shahidi is 28 years old. He joined the Afghanistan international team on September 30, 2013. He is a left-handed batsman and a right-arm off-break bowler and will also lead the team as a captain in Asia Cup 2023. Hashmatullah’s strength is his batting and his hard-working nature so the team keeps them in the top order for best performance in early overs. He is the best batsman on the Afghanistan team and a top-order batter according to the ICC ranking.

Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest scoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI59163797*01432.1
Test6375200*1153.6
T20I648360524.0

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBowls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI5918025
Test636028
T20I6

Rahmat Shah Zurmatai

Rahmat Shah is 30 years old. Rahmat is a right-handed batter and also a right-arm leg spin bowler. To talk about it, he joined the international cricket team of Afghan on March 6, 2013. Zurmatai is a middle-order brilliant batter. In the test between Afghanistan and Bangladesh, he scored a century and became the first batsman in test cricket who score a century.

Rahmat-Shah Zurmatai, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Rahmat’s slow but steady batting style could prove to be an edge for the team. Additionally, he is the first player who scored the most runs 4529 for Afghanistan 2013-2023.

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI94319111452336.67
Test74241021330.28
T2030396610215.84

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI94530145/3251436.71
Test76611/304343.00
T2030185103/2523023.00

Najibullah Zadran

Najibullah Zadran is the Vice-Captain of the Afghanistan T20I. He is 30 years old. He is a left-hand batsman(Middle order) and a right-arm off-break bowler. He joined the international team of Afghanistan in 2017. Najibullah Zardan scored 104(not out) in ODI and his strike rate is 91.2.

Najibullah Zadran, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Najibullah’s addition increases strength to the batting side of the team. He is also an off-break bowler but he cannot bowl extraordinary. He scored the most runs 1712 in T20 for Afghanistan.

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest scoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI882013104*11530.04
Test
T20I941712730831.70

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI8830030
Test
T20I94

Ikram Ali Khil

Ikram Ali is 22 years old. He started his career as an international cricketer in February 2019. Before this, he was also part of 23 players in the 2018 ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup. He is a left-handed batter and teenage wicketkeeper on the team. At the age of 18 he became the 41st teenage World Cup cricketer. 

Ikram Ali Khil, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

His batting strategy is best for the top three players and if he is placed at position seven or lower it would be a biggest mistake. As a wicketkeeper, his focusing and defense technique makes him competent.

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest scoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI12234860226.00
Test177007.00
T2030120200010.90

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI12
Test1
T2030

Gulbadin Naib

Gulbadin Naib is 32 years old. He is a competitive right-handed batter and also a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He played his first One Day International (ODI) in the 2011-13 ICC International Cup Day against Canada. He became the captain of One Day International (ODI) format in April 2019 and due to losing all matches of the series Rashid Khan became the captain of all formats.

Gulbadin naib, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Gulbadin was included in the international team as an all-rounder and he tried to prove himself as a good batsman and bowler but he was not very successful. Due to his weak strategy, he was not included in the 2015 World Cup. He has been included in the Afghanistan International team of 2023 matches due to the side strain injury of all-rounder Azmatullah Omarzai.

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI772589676/63233434.83
Test
T20I57541222/1374433.81

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI77117082*0520.17
Test
T20I5761556*0118.08

Muhammad Nabi

Muhammad Nabi is 38 years old. He is an all-rounder of the Afghanistan team, a middle-order batsman (Right-Handed) and his bowling style is a right-arm off break. He became part of the Afghanistan team in 2003. His highest score in ODI is 116. He remained the captain of the team and is the one who highlighted the Afghanistan Cricket team in front of the whole world.

Muhammad Nabi, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Muhammad Nabi is a great all-rounder and in 2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Four took 14 wickets and was named the man of the tournament. Due to his brilliant performance, he became the first player from Afghanistan to be bought in the IPL player auction. Many failures in his Captaincy led him down.

Batting Record

FormatNo of matchesRunsHighest scoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI142304611611527.44
Test33324005.50
T20I1091885890522.25

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI1426,6811504/30479231.94
Test354683/3625431.75
T20I1091,990874/10242727.89

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan is 24 years old and joined the Afghanistan international team in October when he was 17. He is a great player on the team and achieved success at an early age. He is a bowling all-rounder, right-hand batsman and leg-break googly. The presence of Rashid Khan in the team strengthens their bowling. In addition, he has been an international superstar and also has taken 500 wickets in T20s. He is a great competitor and played well in many innings.

Rashid Khan,  Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

He gained achievement at a very young age. In September 2019, he led the team in a Test match against Bangladesh and he stands as the youngest captain of the Afghanistan international team of test matches. In 2018, according to the ICC’s all-rounder category, he became the number one player. His bowling can be a trouble for other batsmen.

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI8944811677/1816718.52
Test51534347/13776022.35
T20I8218741305/313014.80

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest scoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI89114260*0519.68
Test5106510115.14
T20I8237048*0014.80

Noor Ahmad Lakanwal

He is the youngest player on the Afghanistan team at age 18. He made his debut in June 2022 for Afghanistan team. He is a right-handed batter and also a left-arm wrist spin bowler. To talk about it, Noor is the best addition to the team. He is not very familiar with science of batting. In his first-ever T20I match, he took four wickets. He is a great choice for the Afghanistan team which strengthens the bowling of the team.

Noor Ahmad Lakanwal,  Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI312621/5415678.00
Test
T20I12444/10102.50

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest scoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI353005.00
Test
T20I144*00

Mujeeb Ur Rahman Zardan

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is 22 years old. He became the youngest player to take 5 wickets at the age of 16 in an ODI and He is a right-arm off-break bowler and a right-hand batsman. Uncertainly, when he swings the ball from one direction to another, it can put batsmen into trouble and this strategy can prove to be the best for the Afghanistan team. Mujeeb Ur Rahman is a brilliant bowler who is a powerful addition to the team.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman Zadran, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI613177865/50215525.05
Test19011/757575.00
T20I43954565/2099917.83

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest scoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI6111318*006.27
Test11815009.00
T20I433318006.60

Riaz Hassan 

Riaz Hassan is 21 years old. He is a right-handed batter and a medium right-arm bowler. He joined the Afghanistan squad for One Day International (ODI) against the Netherlands and played his first ODI for the Afghanistan International Cricket team on January 25, 2022. He played his first T20 for Kabul Eagles on September 8, 2020, in the 2020 Shpageeza Cricket League.

He is a new player from the team and has been included in the 2023 matches squad due to his good performance in a few matches.

Riaz Hassan,  Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI5120500130.00
Test
T20899370012.37

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI5
Test
T208

Abdul Rahman

Abdul Rahman is 21 years old. He also a passionate right-handed batsman. In addition he is also right-arm medium-fast bowler. He was also listed in the Afghanistan under-19 team. On April 16, 2019, for Kabul Region, he made his first-class debut in the 2019 Ahmad Shah Abdaki 4-day Tournament. On October 13, 2019, he played his first T20 in the 2019 Shpageeza Cricket League for Kabul Eagles. He entered the Afghanistan International team as a bowler. Due to his performance in T20, he has become the part of Afghanistan squad for 2023 matches.

Abdul Rahman, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI310411/83133133.00
Test
T2017341144/2146333.07

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI3104*005.00
Test
T20178531*0028.33

Sharafudin Ashraf

Sharafudin Ashraf is 28 years old. He is known as a right-handed batter along with slow left-arm orthodox bowler. He joined the Afghanistan International Cricket team on July 18, 2014, and played his first match for the Afghanistan International Cricket team. He specializes in top-order wicket-taking and was also part of the under-19 team of the Youth World Cup.

Sharafudin Ashraf, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

He played his first One Day International (ODI) on July 18, 2014, against Zimbabwe and played his first T20I debut on July 9, 2015, against the Netherlands. He was named in the Afghanistan squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. He plays in all three formats as an all-rounder.

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI196621009.42
Test
T20I133518007.00

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI19848133/2960546.53
Test
T20I1321073/2725937.00

Muhammad Saleem Safi

Muhammad Saleem Safi is 20 years old. His batting style is a right-handed and right-arm fast bowler. He played his first-class debut for Kunduz Province on February 25, 2019, in the 2018-19 Mirwais Nika Provincial 3-Day. He became the part of Afghanistan Test squad against the Zimbabwe series in February 2021 and was also the part of ODI squad for their series in July 2021 against Pakistan. On July 5, 2023, he played an ODI for Afghanistan against Bangladesh.

Muhammad Saleem Safi, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI262070
Test
T20I12264123/2931426.16

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI2
Test
T20I12

Karim Jannat

Karim Jannat is 25 years old. To talk about it, Karim is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and likewise a right-hand batsman. He joined the Afghanistan International Cricket team on December 14, 2016. He played his first T20I on December 14, 2016, against the United Arab Emirates scored 25 and took three wickets. Due to his performance, he got his first man of the match award.

Karim Jannat, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

In 2017, he played his first One Day International ODI against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on February 24. On November 16, 2019, he took his first five T20I wickets against West Indies. He was selected in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad and he played his first test against Bangladesh on June 14, 2023.

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI124031
Test1114081
T20I49738375/1199226.81

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI199009.00
Test141230020.50
T20I4950856*0318.14

Fazal Haq Farooqi

Fazal Haq Farooqi is 22 years old. Fazal is a right-handed batter and additionally, he is also a left-arm fast-medium bowler. In March 2021, he joined the Afghanistan International Cricket team. Moreover, in 2022, he played his first ODI on January 25, against Pakistan. Likewise, he played his first T20I on March 20, 2021, against Zimbabwe. He is multi-talented and plays cricket in all formats and his bowling adds to the strength for bowling side of the team.

Fazal Haq Farooqi, Afghanistan Men’s Cricket Team Playing Squad 2023

Bowling Record

FormatNo. of matchesBalls BowledWicketsBest BowlingRunsAverage
ODI19870324/4977524.21
Test
T20I24544273/1159021.85

Batting Record

FormatNo. of matchesRunsHighest ScoreCenturiesHalf CenturiesAverage
ODI19136*004.33
Test
T20I2411*001.00

Afghanistan Winning Capacity

One Day International Record

TotalWonLossNo resultTiePercentage
14572684149.65%

Twenty20 International Record

TotalWonLossNo resultTiePercentage
10468350165.38%

Test Matches Record

TotalWonLossNo resultTiePercentage
5230040.00%

Who is the best batsman on the Afghanistan team?

The Captain of the Afghanistan team is Hashmatullah Shahidi who will lead the team in ICC ODI 2023. He is the best and top-order player according to the ICC ranking.

Who is the best bowler on the Afghanistan team?

Noor Ahmed is the youngest player on the team and the best spinner. He got 4 wickets in his first T20I and was a powerful bowler on the team.

What is the highest ODI score of the Afghanistan team?

The Afghanistan team’s highest ODI score is 338 against Ireland.

What is the lowest ODI score of the Afghanistan team?

Afghanistan’s team’s lowest ODI score is 58.

Has Afghanistan ever won a Test match?

Afghanistan won 3 three test matches out of 7 as of June 2023.

Who is the cricket star of Afghanistan?

Rashid Khan Arman is the global superstar of the Afghanistan team. Rashid got famous in his early career in cricket as an off-leg spin bowler.

Who is the new coach of the Afghanistan team?

Jonathan Trott is the new coach of the Afghanistan team.

Who is the bowling coach of the Afghanistan cricket team?

Hamid Hassan was appointed as a bowling coach of the Afghanistan team.

When will Afghanistan’s first match of Asia Cup 2023 be played?

Afghanistan’s first match will be played on September 3, 2023, against Bangladesh in Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

Uswa, a cricket admirer, provides keen and perceptive information. In the same way, she writes after proper and deep research and gives clear details.

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