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Afghanistan National Cricket Team Guide
The Afghanistan’s national cricket team are full members of the ICC, they are governed by the Afghanistan Cricket Board. The participate in many tournaments such as the ICC ODI World Cup, ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC T20 World Cup.
History Of The Afghanistan National Cricket Team
The rise of the Afghanistan national cricket team has been rapid and remarkable. They are the first nation to go from ICC affiliate member to full ICC member, with this happening between 2001-2017. They first played in a ICC ODI World Cup in 2015 and also featured in the group stage of the 2019 World Cup, they have qualified for the 2023 World Cup in India. They have also featured in the latter stages of three ICC T20 World Cup tournaments. The Afghanistan national cricket team made its bow in Test cricket against India in Bangalore in 2018 just 9 years after the country made its ICC international debut.
Where Does The Afghanistan National Cricket Team Play?
The ongoing security situation in the country has made home games extremely difficult to come by for the Afghanistan cricket team. They have used bases mainly in India and the UAE for ‘home’ matches. Facilities have been developed over time including cricket stadiums in the hope Afghanistan fans can watch their team play at home one day.
Former Captains Of The Afghanistan National Cricket Team
The aptly named Asghar Afghan was the man who led the Afghanistan cricket team into its first Test match in India in 2018. The middle order batters record as skipper in white ball cricket was particularly good and he held on retirement the impressive record of most T20 wins as captain (42) ahead of some much bigger names of the World stage.
Top Run Scorers In Afghanistan National Cricket Team History
Entertaining wicket keeper batsman Mohammed Shahzad has scored the most runs for the Afghanistan cricket team across all formats 4811, this soon looks to be overtaken by Mohammad Nabi who currently sits just three runs behind.
Top Wicket Takers In Afghanistan National Cricket Team History
Rashild Khan is a superstar on the World stage and a highly sought after player on the T20 franchise scene. The 24 year old leg spinner leads the way in all formats with the ball for the Afghanistan national cricket team having already accounted for 324 wickets.
Memorable Games For The Afghanistan National Cricket Team
The Afghanistan cricket team recorded its greatest test victory to date in 2019 at Chattogram against the Bangladesh national cricket team, a victory inspired by young captain Rashid Khan. In truth the visitors had been in control for most of the game holding a healthy lead after the first innings thanks to 102 from Rahmat Shah and 92 from Asghar Afghan. But it was the weather that almost denied victory for the Afghanistan national cricket team. Persistent rain on day 5 gave them just 18 overs to claim the final four wickets for the win, captain Khan took three of the four Bangladeshi batsmen to claim victory by 224 runs. Khan finished with match figures of 11/104 also hitting a fifty with the bat, player of the match wasn’t a hard decision.
The Afghanistan cricket team beat their neighbours of the Pakistan national cricket team for the first time in a series in March 2023, the highest ranked team they have had success against so far. After winning the first game of the ‘home’ T20 series played in the UAE they sealed the three match contest by winning the second game by 7 wickets with one ball remaining. The Afghanistan cricket board hailed the victory as “a momentous occasion for Afghanistan cricket!”