Afghanistan declares cricket squad for Asian Games

Kabul: Afghanistan today announced a 14-member cricket squad for the upcoming Asian Games to be held in Guangzhou, China.

The team which lost its last three-match ODI series against Kenya in October will witness a change of guard as Mohammad Nabi takes over the captaincy in place of Nawrooz Mangal.

Rookie batsman Mohammad Sami, who shot to prominence after hitting two unbeaten centuries during the recently concluded provincial T-20, has been included in the side, the Afghanistan Cricket Board said in a statement.

The coach of Afghanistan cricket team, Rashid Latif, is optimistic that his team will do well at the Games.

The former Pakistan cricket captain has said the team has the potential to do well. In a recent interview to Pakistan`s `The News` Latif said, "A gold medal is beyond us since I don`t believe in miracles but if the team performed to its potential, we can give our opponents a scare."

Latif emphasised the fact that the Games will be played on Twenty-20 format and reckoned that any team can win if they perform well on the given day.

Cricket will make its debut during the 15-day event beginning on November 12.

The team: Mohammad Nabi (Captain), Nawrooz Mangal, Mirwais Ashraf, Karim Sadiq, Mohammed Shihzad, Hamid Hasan, Samiullah Shinwari, Asghar Stanikzai, Shahpoor Zadran, Mohammad Sami, Aftab Alam, Gulbodeen Naib, Shabir Noori, Shafiqullah Shafaq.

Coach: Rashid Latif.


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