Cricket World Cup Preview : Afghanistan

Cricket World Cup

The 2015 World Cup takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 14-March 29 where India will be the defending champions in the 14-nation tournament. One month out from the start, we look at the current form and prospects of the competing teams:

Pool A


– Afghanistan’s main target for the World Cup is to beat Bangladesh and fellow associates Scotland. If they win both those pool games then the country’s maiden appearance will be judged a success.

Afghanistan will look to their four pace bowlers — Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Aftab Alam and Hamid Hassan — for breakthroughs.

Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari and Javed Ahmadi will take care of the spin department. Former coach Kabir Khan has warned against any major expectations.

“Don’t expect any super performance from the Afghan team,” said Kabir.

A 3-1 series defeat against United Arab Emirates in November and a loss to Ireland in Dubai this week highlighted batting frailties, which may be further exposed on the hard, bouncy pitches of Australia and New Zealand.

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