SWOT Analysis – Afghanistan (ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

Sportzhub analyses the teams participating in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Afghanistan playing their second world cup could spring a few surprises. Find out here :

Strengths

Weaknesses

Strong Spin Attack – With the likes of Rashid, Mujeeb & Nabi in the side, Afghanistan spinners have picked up 298 wickets post CWC 2015. Only Indian spinners have more (300).

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan
Batting Issues – With English tracks being capable of hosting big scores, this might be a roadblock because they have posted 300+ just thrice in ODIs.

Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman
Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman

Opportunities

Threats

Chance to announce themselves to the World – This is a chance to take inspiration from the Asia Cup 2018 campaign where they finished in the Super 4.  A couple of upsets will bring them in the notice of the World.

Prospect for youngsters – Stage for Hazratullah Zazai to translate his T20 record to ODIs. Mujeeb-Ur-Rehman has the best economy among active bowlers (Min. 1000 balls) -3.73.

Finally, this will be the first Cricket World Cup for Rashid Khan.

Mohammad Nabi
Mohammad Nabi

 

 

Change of Captaincy Just before the tournament – Asghar Afghan had been the captain for all three formats. For almost four years he lead them in 56 ODIs, 46 T20 internationals and their first two Tests – including their maiden Test victory. His surprise replacement is the 28-year-old all-rounder Gulbadin Naib. He has been in and out of the side without cementing his place. His performance as a captain could determine how far Afghanistan can go in this Cricket World Cup 2019.

Gulbadin Naib
Gulbadin Naib

 

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