Ghani and Zazai included in Afghanistan’s World Cup squad

Ghani scored his maiden ODI century against Zimbabwe in July

Ghani scored his maiden ODI century against Zimbabwe in July

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Afghanistan have included 18-year-old batsman Usman Ghani and 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Afsar Zazai in their World Cup squad.

Afghanistan, who will be making their World Cup debut next year, also confirmed that Mohammad Nabi will captain the side.

Zazai made his ODI debut in the recently concluded four-match series against the United Arab Emirates and donned the wicketkeeping gloves in every single game.

Ghani also made his ODI debut earlier this year and has scored 316 runs, which includes a superb century against Zimbabwe in July.

One notable exclusion from the squad is wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad, who has not played an ODI since the Asia Cup in March.

In terms of their bowling line-up, Afghanistan have opted for Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Aftab Alam and Hamid Hassan to make up their pace attack. But, interestingly enough, Afghanistan have decided against including a specialist spinner in their side since they expect Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari and Javed Ahmadi to get the job done with their part-time spin.

It has also been announced that Shafiqullah, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Izatullah Dawlatzai and Hashmatullah Shaidi have been named as standbys.

Speaking about the players who were left out of the squad, Afghanistan head coach Andy Moles said: “For the players who are not part of the list, the committee has already given them strong reasons for that. They are also given suggestions to work on the areas where they lack or struggle.”

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