Afghanistan announces 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup 2021, Mohammad Nabi set to lead the team

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has named their final 15-man roster for the next T20 World Cup in 2021. The national board acknowledged the same on social media on Sunday (October 10). Afghanistan, along with India, Pakistan, and New Zealand, is in Group 2 of the Super 12s. The team does not have to compete in the preliminary round because they are one of the top eight nations in this format.

ACB revealed a 17-man roster for the gala competition a few days ago, along with two travelling reserves. However, due to tournament requirements, they have now named a 15-member squad. Along with Samiullah Shinwari and Fazal Haq Farooqi, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Dawlat Zadran, who was originally named to the squad, have now been named travel reserves.

Afghanistan was supposed to be led by Rashid Khan in the gala tournament. However, minutes after the probable roster for the competition was published a few days ago, the star leg-spinner resigned. Following that, under the new Taliban rule, ACB officials chose Mohammad Nabi as the new skipper.

The Afghanistan side has a lot to show in the Gulf, since their cricket has been in shambles since the Taliban gained control of the country. Several sources suggested that the ICC may bar Afghanistan from participating if they chose to play under the Taliban banner. However, the ICC acting CEO dismissed those reports, and Afghanistan must now prepare.