Afghanistan come into the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 on the back of a decent showing at the Asia Cup 2023. But at the ODI World Cup, the Afghans have won only one match so far, against Scotland in the 2015 edition Down Under. In India, Hashmatullah Shahidi & Co. will be one of the dark horses. (Full Coverage | Schedule | Cricket News)
With spin expected to play a major role in this year's World Cup, all eyes will be on spin king Rashid Khan as well as Mujeeb ur Rahman, who will look to make use of the conditions as much as possible. The dangerous Mohammad Nabi as well as Rahmanullah Gurbaz will look to put on a show.
Afghanistan were rocked prior to the World Cup with pacer Naveen-ul-Haq announcing his retirement from ODIs. The 24-year-old, however, will be part of the Afghan squad in India for the marquee event. Despite the right-arm-pacer playing in only seven ODI matches, the news of his imminent retirement could prove to be a distraction for the Afghanistan side.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq.
Afghanistan finished sixth in Pool A at the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
vs Bangladesh (7 October), Dharamsala
vs India (11 October), Delhi
vs England (15 October), Delhi
vs New Zealand (18 October), Chennai
vs Pakistan (23 October), Chennai
vs Sri Lanka (30 October), Pune
vs Netherlands (3 November), Lucknow
vs Australia (7 November), Mumbai (Wankhede)
vs South Africa (10 November), Ahmedabad
Where to watch ICC ODI World Cup 2023 matches live in India?
You can catch all the action live on the Star Sports Network. Simultaneously, you can also live stream the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 games on Hotstar app and website for free.