Afghanistan pick final 15-man squad for WC
Afsar Zazai and Usman Ghani have been included in Afghanistan's final 15-man squad for there maiden World Cup appearance, which starts in Australia and New Zealander in mid-February.
21 year-old wicket-keeper, Zazai, only made his debut for the national side in the recently completed four-match series against the UAE. Ghani, who is 18 years-old, has played in eight ODI's and scored a century against Zimbabwe in July.
The squad contains four pace bowlers and no specialist spinners, with part-timers, including captain, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari and Javed Ahmadi expected to bowl some spin.
Besides the 15-man squad, four players have placed on standby in case of injuries or emergencies. Coach Andy Moles confirmed that it was a long selection process and that players who did not make the cut were given sufficient reasons.
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."
Afghanistan's World Cup squad:
Mohammad Nabi (captain), Nawroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shenwari, Afsar Zazai (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Mirwais Ashraf, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Javed Ahmadi, Usman Ghani
Standby: Shafiqullah (wk),Sharafuddin Ashraf,Izatullah Dawlatzai, Hashmatullah Shaidi.
Cheteshwar Pujara looking to continue aggressive trend
India stalwart Cheteshwar Pujara is looking to continue playing more aggressively as he hopes to end his wait for a Test century this week.
Commission receives over 2,000 responses about discrimination
The sport has been engulfed in a racism scandal since Azeem Rafiq spoke out about the abuse he suffered at Yorkshire.
Jahid Ahmed the third former player to make allegations of racism at Essex
Zoheb Sharif and Maurice Chambers have also said they were victims of racist abuse at the club, who have launched an investigation into the claims.
India forced into another change after KL Rahul injury
On the eve of their Test series against New Zealand, India have been dealt another blow with the news that KL Rahul has suffered an injury.
Steve Smith would ‘add to the circus’ as Australia captain – Ian Healy
Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy is of the opinion reinstating ex-captain Steve Smith for the upcoming Ashes series will be a huge mistake.
Matt Parkinson out to compete for Ashes spot despite England’s leg-spin ‘nerves’
Parkinson was not named in the senior squad for the tour but there was the considerable consolation of a Lions call-up for the trip to Australia.
England duo unbeaten as Ben Stokes waits for return in rain-hit tour opener
Haseeb Hameed (53 not out) and Rory Burns (39no) helped England put on 98 without loss against England Lions in Brisbane.
Cricket Australia slammed over ‘appalling’ Tim Paine treatment
Cricket Tasmania chairman Andrew Gaggin has hit out at Cricket Australia’s treatment of disgraced former captain Tim Paine.