Afghanistan have announced a revised 15-member squad for the T20 World Cup, with Mohammad Nabi as captain. Last month, Rashid Khan had stepped down as captain after alleging that the he had not been part of the selection process for the squad previously named by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
From that 18-member squad released last month, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Dawlat Zadran have missed out on selection from the main squad and are now in the reserves, while there is no place for Shapoor Zadran and Qais Ahmad. Left-arm seamer Fareed Ahmad, who was in the reserves during the last round, is now part of the main 15-member squad while Afsar Zazai, the other reserve player, has missed out on selection entirely. Allrounder Samiullah Shinwari, and 21-year-old seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi have been drafted into the reserves that round off a 19-member playing contingent.
After Afghanistan had originally named a larger squad than the limit of 15, and with Rashid’s resignation, changes to Afghanistan’s squad had been likely. All teams that will be playing the T20 World Cup from round two – the Super 12s – onwards have till midnight on October 15 to make tweaks to their squads.