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Afghanistan pick Hamid Hassan in their 15-man World Cup squad
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Afghanistan pick Hamid Hassan in their 15-man World Cup squad

Hamid Hassan was picked as Afghanistan announced their 15-man World Cup squad on Monday.

The paceman makes a comeback since 2017 because of fitness issues alongside other frontline quicks Dawlat Zadran and Aftab Alam.

Gulbadin Naib, who was recently appointed Afghanistan’s captain, will lead his side when they head to England and Wales for the major event which starts on May 30.

Afghanistan’s spin trio will consist of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and the 18-year-old mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai, head of the Cricket Board's selection committee, said they had tried to select "a successful, experienced and balanced team".

While most of the Afghan team are at a training camp in South Africa, the spin trio is warming up for the World Cup in the Indian Premier League.

Since beating the odds to compete at the 2010 World T20 in England, Afghanistan have qualified for all major international tournaments and recorded their first-ever Test victory against Ireland last month.

Afghanistan kick-off their World Cup campaign against Australia in Bristol on June 1 and will be considered as a threat having beaten former champions Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup last year as well as forcing a tie with giants India.

Afghanistan squad

Gulbadin Naib (capt), Shahzad Mohammadi, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujib Ur Rahman