World Cup team profile: Afghanistan
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Afghanistan are the darling of world cricket, and all eyes will be on them as they take part in their first World Cup, having qualified by finishing second in the World Cricket League in 2013.
The Afghans played in the World Twenty20 last year and recorded a shock Asia Cup win over Bangladesh, and have the potential to surprise even the biggest sides. They also did well on their ODI tour to Zimbabwe late last year, winning two out of four games.
Their run is a tricky one, but they could potentially record two wins, as they have the Tigers and Scorland in their group, and if those sides are not of form on the day, they could come short.
Best finish: N/A
Squad: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Javed Ahmadi, Aftab Alam, Mirwais Ashraf, Usman Ghani, Hamid Hassan, Nasir Jamal, Nawroz Mangal, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Afsar Zazai (wk)
Key Batsman: Skipper Mohammad Nabi comes into the event with the best record in qualifying, averaging over 52 with the bat. His form in the build-up this year hasn't been great, but he'll be a key figure come tournament time. He's handy with the ball as well.
Key Bowler: Paceman Dawlat Zadran will be vital for the side on the Antipodean pitches, and he's had a good run-up to the event, taking three wickets against Scotland in Dubai recently, and also posting good figures against the UAE in December. He averages 32 with the ball in ODIs.
Drinks carrier: Paceman Shapoor Zadran is in the squad but has not played in any of the build-up. They've named five pacemen, so this indicates he might not get as much game time as he'd have liked.
Kit colour: Grey-ish blue
Injury concerns: N/A
February 18 – v Bangladesh in Canberra
February 22 v Sri Lanka in Dunedin
February 26 – v Scotland in Dunedin
March 4 – v Australia in Perth
March 8 – v New Zealand in Napier
March 13 – v England in Sydney
Samit Patel impresses with bat and ball as Nottinghamshire edge Derbyshire
Glamorgan were the only other winners on a night as weather hit the T20 programme.
Sophie Ecclestone happy to return to the rhythm of bowling again
Ecclestone claimed four for 88 in India’s first innings.
England v India day three: Verma shines in gloom after England enforce follow-on
Rain brought about an early finish after the India opener’s second half-century of the Test.
England Women turn screw with follow-on but Shafali Verma leads India fightback
Opener Verma’s second half-century of the match followed early wickets for England spinner Sophie Ecclestone.
Day one of World Test Championship final abandoned due to relentless rain
Rain hammered the Ageas Bowl on Friday.
On this day in 2007: Michael Vaughan steps down as England ODI captain
Vaughan won 32 and lost 22 in his 60 matches at the helm.
David Bedingham half-century leads Durham to victory over Lancashire
Ian Cockbain’s unbeaten 62 helped Gloucestershire see off Middlesex.
England v India day two: Late wickets put Heather Knight’s side in charge
Shafali Verma’s dismissal sparked the collapse.
England Women boosted by late flurry of wickets on day two against India
The hosts had declared on 396 for nine.