Updated June 1st, 2024 at 20:37 IST

ICC T20 World Cup 2024: Contemplating Afghanistan's strongest playing XI

Ahead of the start of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, let's take a look at Afghanistan's squad and contemplate the best XI they could field.

Afghanistan Team | Image:AP

Afghanistan's cricket team enters the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 with a potent mix of talent and determination, ready to make a significant mark on the global stage. Under the leadership of star leg-spinner Rashid Khan, the team is poised to leverage its strengths in spin bowling and aggressive batting.

Key players like Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Najibullah Zadran provide explosive firepower at the top and middle order, ensuring a robust batting lineup. Veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi adds depth with his invaluable experience and versatile skills.


The bowling attack, featuring Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and emerging pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi, is among the most formidable, capable of turning matches with their wicket-taking abilities and economy rates.

Afghanistan Squad: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Ishaq, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan (c), Nangyal Kharoti, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Naveen-ul-Haq, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik


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Afghanistan's strongest playing XI

  • Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk) - Opening the batting and handling wicketkeeping duties, Gurbaz brings explosive batting to the top order.
  • Ibrahim Zadran - A steady opener to complement Gurbaz, providing stability at the start of the innings.
  • Najibullah Zadran - A key middle-order batsman known for his aggressive style and ability to finish games.
  • Mohammad Nabi - The experienced all-rounder offers both batting depth and crucial off-spin bowling.
  • Azmatullah Omarzai - A versatile player who can contribute with both bat and ball in the middle order.
  • Gulbadin Naib - Another all-rounder, adding depth to both batting and bowling departments.
  • Karim Janat - A reliable all-rounder who can accelerate the innings and chip in with medium-pace bowling.
  • Rashid Khan (c) - The captain and premier leg-spinner, known for his match-winning abilities with the ball and useful lower-order batting.
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman - A mystery spinner who can bowl in the powerplay and middle overs, providing crucial breakthroughs.
  • Naveen-ul-Haq - A talented fast bowler specializing in death overs, bringing control and wicket-taking ability.
  • Fazalhaq Farooqi - A left-arm pacer, adding variety to the pace attack and effective in swinging the new ball.

Published June 1st, 2024 at 20:37 IST