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Hamid Hassan picked in Afghanistan's World Cup squad

Hamid Hassan picked in Afghanistan's World Cup squad

Hamid Hassan, the 31-year-old fast bowler who last played an ODI in June 2016, has been chosen among Afghanistan's 15 players who will go to England for the 2019 World Cup.

The 15-member squad was chosen following a preparation camp held in Potchefstroom in South Africa that included 23 players. Ikram Ali Khil, Karim Janat and Sayed Shirzad couldn't make it to the 15, yet were named as the hold players.

Four players from Afghanistan's last ODI squad - that played against Ireland - did not make the squad: left-arm wristspinner Zahir Khan, left-arm quick bowlers Shapoor Zadran and Fareed Ahmad, and top-request batsman Javed Ahmadi.

The selection committee said that the squad was chosen subsequent to thinking about fitness and performance in the course of recent months, and that youthful wicketkeeper Ikram was picked as back-up for Shahzad given the long length of the competition.

"As chief selector, it is my duty to select a competitive team," Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai said. "However, there were some challenges that we needed to handle. We selected the best squad considering factors such as experience, fitness, team balance, current form and conditions.”