Afghanistan Team in T20 World Cup 2022

Although Afghanistan have been playing the shortest format at the international level from 2009, not too often have they been up against the top-ranked teams in the last decade except for the World Cup stage. They played the World T20 for the first time in 2010 in the Caribbean but except for a win against West Indies in a rather inconsequential match in the 2016 tournament, they haven’t done any giant-killing in the T20 World Cup, with most of their wins coming against lowly placed teams in the ICC rankings. However, in the matches that they play outside the multilateral tournament, Afghanistan continues to shine. They even handed West Indies a 2-1 defeat in 2019 and treat Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in similar fashion in bilateral T20Is series.

But the World Cup challenge has always proved to be too big for the Afghan team and in conditions of Australia, the development of Afghanistan cricket in general will be really tested. A number of Afghan cricketers, including the talismanic Rashid Khan, regularly turn out in T20 leagues across the world but the team doesn’t put up a fight when assembled against the top-ranked teams. Even in the previous World Cup, held in a country where Afghanistan cricketers play a lot, the team surrendered meekly to the stronger teams in their Super 12 group.

In the 2022 World Cup, Afghanistan have booked a place for themselves in the Super 12s. Their group will have Australia, New Zealand and England. Two more teams from the Qualifiers will join these four once the Super 12s kick off. In the past, Afghanistan have played New Zealand once and England twice.They lost all the three contests. They’re yet to face Australia in T20Is.

However, India couldn’t repeat those heroics again at the biggest stage and apart from managing a runners-up position in 2014, they have failed to come even close to the coveted T20 World Cup trophy. Under Virat Kohli, India’s performance in the 2021 T20 World Cup proved disappointing for the fans as they got knocked out of the tournament after suffering losses in their first two fixtures of the event.

In the 2022 edition, they will be led by Rohit Sharma who began his tenure as India’s T20I captain with series wins over Sri Lanka and West Indies. In Australia, however, the challenge for his team will be much bigger, and that would make fantasy gaming all the more fun for Indian fans who would be playing on MyCircle11 during the tournament.

India finds itself in Group 2 which also features their arch-rivals Pakistan along with another sub-continental team in the form of Bangladesh. South Africa, the team against whom India drew a recent home series 2-2 will also meet India in this group. Two more teams will join them from the qualifiers.

Afghanistan Team T20 World Cup Schedule

Sat 22nd Oct – 4:30 PM

Perth Stadium, Perth

Wed 26th Oct – 1:30 PM

New Zealand vs Afghanistan

MCG, Melbourne

Fri 28th Oct – 9:30 AM

MCG, Melbourne

Tue 1st Nov – 9:30 AM

The Gabba, Brisbane

Fri 4th Nov – 1:30 PM

Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Team Afghanistan Captain

At 37, Mohammad Nabi is a senior figure in the Afghanistan side and is someone who’s looked up to by not just his teammates but also by the people of the country. He’s been around for a long time and was even a part of the 2010 Afghanistan side that had featured in a T20 World Cup for the first time. He is the player with the most number of matches for Afghanistan in both white ball cricket formats. His services as a middle-order batsman and an economical off-spinner have been sought by teams across the world and that’s how Nabi has played pretty much in all the T20 leagues across the worlds. His experience of playing for Melbourne Renegades for five seasons would be very helpful to the youngsters in the team, some of who might be playing for the first time Down Under.

Expected Afghanistan Squad for the T20 World 2022

Mohammad Nabi

All-Rounder

Najibullah Zadran

All-Rounder

Afsar Zazai

Wicket Keeper

Azmatullah Omarzai

All-Rounder

Darwish Rasooli

Batsman

Farid Ahmad Malik

Bowler

Fazal Haq Farooqi

Bowler

Hazratullah Zazai

Batsman

Ihsanullah Janat

Batsman

Karim Janat

All-Rounder

Nijat Masoud

Bowler

Noor Ahmad

Bowler

Rahmanullah Gurbaz

Wicket Keeper

Rashid Khan

Bowler

Sharafuddin Ashraf

Bowler

Usman Ghani

Batsman

Afghanistan Team S.W.O.T Analysis

Strengths – Afghanistan’s entry into international cricket happened at a time when T20 cricket was gaining popularity. In the decade that has followed, the team has played close to 100 T20Is. What that has meant is that the Afghanistan team is made up of players whose primary focus has always been T20s and it reflects in the way they have so many of their players turning out for franchises in T20 leagues. Thus, the biggest strength of this Afghanistan team is that they know this format very well, possibly even better than the most.

Weaknesses – The team’s performance on the big stage of World Cups reflects an inability to stand up against bigger teams. The team dominated Scotland and Namibia in the Super 12 of the previous World Cup but were absolutely dominated by the bigger teams in the group. Despite the experience of playing so much short format cricket, none of it comes to the rescue of the Afghanistan team when facing top-ranked teams.

Opportunities – Rashid Khan is easily one of the greatest spinners to have emerged in white ball cricket. By turning in match-winning performances for whichever team he has turned out for, he has shown that conditions do not matter to him. However, how Rashid will fare against the big hitting Australian and English batsmen in Australia would make for fascinating viewing. Rashid was impressive even in the last World Cup but the challenge as well as the opportunity for him in the World Cup would be to not only be impressive but also win matches against the big side to further strengthen his reputation.

Threats – Afghanistan find themselves in a rather scary group with top three contenders – Australia, England and New Zealand – fighting against them in Super 12s. To pull off an upset against these teams seems like a far-fetched thought considering the kind of form they are in. Besides, as a team, Afghanistan has never played in Australia before.

Facts and Stats about the Afghanistan Team

    • During their match against Pakistan in the last year’s T20 World Cup, Rashid Khan became the fastest to 100 T20I wickets by getting his 100th scalp in just his 53rd match.
    • Rashid Khan is one of the only four bowlers to have taken four wickets in four balls in T20I cricket. He achieved this feat against Ireland in 2019.
    • Afghanistan made 278/3 against Ireland in a 2019 T20I which remains the highest team score in T20Is. The same match saw Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani put on 236 runs for the first wicket, which is also a record for the highest partnership in T20Is for any wicket.
    • The Afghanistan cricket team jointly holds the record for most consecutive wins in T20I cricket along with India and Romania. Between February 2018 to September 2019, Afghanistan went on a 12-match unbeaten streak.

How to pick a team on My11Circle

When the T20 World Cup gets underway Down Under later this year, you will get the chance to make the most of your knowledge and understanding of the game as multiple matches mean you get to create multiple teams almost every day. So, how to make yourself a winning combination on My11Circle? Here’s how to do it.

Out of the 22 players who are involved in the match, you are supposed to pick 11 players to create your fantasy team. The 11 players should include batsmen, wicketkeeper, bowlers, and all-rounders.

After you have picked the 11 players, you would need to assign captaincy and vice captaincy to two of the players. It’s very important to take this decision with due consideration as the points that they will earn at the end of the match will get multiplied. But you must pick all those players with just 100 credits in your kitty. All the players are assigned a certain value based on their form and stature, which would often mean that picking 11 of the highest rated players wouldn’t be possible with the budget of 100 credits. So, use your knowledge of the game – conditions, form of cricketers, their performance against different kinds of oppositions – to predict the 11 top performing players of the match and pick them in your side.

So, what are you waiting for? Begin your preparations for the grand event and download the My11Circle app now to go up against fantasy gamers from around the world during the T20 World Cup 2022!

Frequently Asked Questions About the Afghanistan Team

How did Afghanistan fare in the 2021 T20 World Cup?

Afghanistan managed to progress to the Super 12s but lost to New Zealand, India and Pakistan there while managing wins against Scotland and Nambia. They didn’t progress to the semi-finals of the tournament.

When did Afghanistan start playing cricket at the international level?

Afghanistan made their international debut with a T20I in 2009. They played in the T20 World Cup in the following year.

Who is the captain of Afghanistan in T20Is?

Mohammad Nabi.

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