Afghanistan have unveiled their squad of 15 for their inaugural World Cup next year.

In many ways it's more notable for those players left out than those included.

Their one time batting superstar - keeper/batsman Mohammed Shahzad has once again been excluded, continuing his absence from their starting line-up which stretches back to March.

Another high profile absentee is Karim Sadiq Khan, the fiery opening batsman and part-time spinner. His rashness in shot selection is deemed too high risk for 50 over cricket.

The pair find themselves left out in favour of the youthful pairing of Usman Ghani and Afsar Zazai, both of whom are highly rated by current coach Andy Moles.

There is a good news story in the inclusion of speedster Hamid Hassan, who has suffered with major injury worries in recent years, severely limiting his appearances.

The highly experienced Mohammed Nabi skippers the squad while their hopes of upsets will depend on the batting performances of Nowroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai and Samiullah Shenwari.

While their spin options look limited, they do have talented seamers with in addition to Hassan, Shapoor and Dawlat Zadran.


  • Mohammad Nabi (captain)
  • Nawroz Mangal
  • Asghar Stanikzai
  • Samiullah Shenwari
  • Afsar Zazai (wk)
  • Najibullah Zadran
  • Nasir Jamal
  • Mirwais Ashraf
  • Gulbadin Naib
  • Hamid Hassan
  • Shapoor Zadran
  • Dawlat Zadran
  • Aftab Alam
  • Javed Ahmadi
  • Usman Ghani

Reserve players:

  • Shafiqullah (wk)
  • Sharafuddin Ashraf
  • Izatullah Dawlatzai
  • Hashmatullah Shaidi