March 5, 2016

Afghanistan National Cricket Team

Afghanistan Cricket Team

Squad (pictured above): Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Noor Ali Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Usman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Najibullah Zadran, Hamid Hassan.
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Finding good news in Afghanistan is not easy, but there are stories that defy the tragic and often hopeless living conditions the Afghan people endure.

The Afghan National Cricket Team is one of those stories–a tribute to the spirit and resilience of the Afghan people.

Afghanistan has lost only two of its last 13 matches, and has qualified to play in India, at the ICC World Twenty20 Cup. Afghanistan is currently ranked at 9th out of the 16 teams represented.

Afghanistan will face Hong Kong, Scotland and Zimbabwe in Group B of the first round of the World T20. If it tops that group, it will qualify for the Super 10 stage of the tournament and be clubbed with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Before it kicks off its campaign against Scotland on March 8, Afghanistan is due to play two warm-up matches in Mohali — against Netherlands on March 4 and Oman on March 6.