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Afghanistan World Cup 2023 Squad Breakdown: Which of the 15-men will make the Afghanistan 2023 World Cup XI?

Let’s breakdown Afghanistan’s World Cup 2023 squad.

Here is a quick preview: Afghanistan are going with possibly the youngest squad of the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Let’s dive right in.

Key Takeaways from Afghanistan’s ODI Squad Announcement

  • The average age of Afghanistan World Cup 2023 squad is 24.5. Afghanistan’s squad includes experienced campaigners like Mohammad Nabi (38) & Rahmat Shah (30) along with the young crop – Noor Ahmad (18), Saleem (20), Gurbaz, Zadran, Abdul Rahman (21), and Alikhil, Farooqi (23).
  • Afghanistan’s preliminary World Cup squad has average ODI match experience of 45 ODIs (669 ODIs among 15 players). Mohammad Nabi (147 ODIs), Rahmat Shah (97), and Rashid Khan (94) have the most ODI experience for Afghanistan, while the likes of Karim Janat (1), Mohammad Saleem (2), Ibrahim Alikhil (3), Abdul Rahman (3) and Riaz Hassan (5) are the new faces.
  • Afghanistan’s squad composition is as follows: 6 proper batters, 4 all-rounders, and 5 proper bowling options. In total, Afghanistan has 11 bowling options (2 leg spin, 2 off spin, 1 left arm wrist spin, 1 left arm pace, and 5 right arm pace) in their squad if absolutely needed. Imagine a bowling line up of Farooqi, Rashid Khan, Nabi, Mujeeb, and Noor.
  • Afghanistan has 3 left-handed batting options (Shahidi, Zadran, Alikhil) and two wicketkeeping options.

Afghanistan Cricket World Cup Team at a Glance

PlayerRoleAge
Rahmanullah GurbazRight Hand Bat/Wicketkeeper21
Ibrahim ZadranRight Hand Bat21
Riaz HassanRight Hand Bat20
Rahmat ShahAll-Rounder (Right Hand Bat/Right Arm Leg Spin)30
Hashmatullah ShahidiLeft Hand Batter28
Najibullah ZadranLeft Hand Batter30
Gulbadin Naib*All-Rounder (Right Hand Bat/Right Arm Medium Pace)32
Karim Janat**All-Rounder (Right Hand Bat/Right Arm Medium Pace)25
Ikram AlikhilLeft Hand Bat/Wicketkeeper23
Rashid KhanAll-Rounder (Right Hand Bat/Right Arm Leg Spin)25
Mohammad NabiAll-Rounder (Right Hand Bat/Right Arm Off Spin)38
Mujeeb Ur RahmanRight Arm Off Spin/Mystery22
Noor AhmadLeft Arm Wrist Spin18
Fazalhaq FarooqiLeft Arm Fast23
Sharafuddin Ashraf*All-Rounder (Left Arm Spin, Right Hand Bat)28
Abdul RahmanRight Arm Medium Pace21
Mohammad Saleem**Right Arm Fast20
Naveen-ul-HaqRight Arm Fast24
Azmatullah OmarzaiAll-Rounder (Right Arm Pace)23
Fareed Ahmad*Left Arm Fast29

*in the reserves

**did not make it into the final World Cup squad

Afghanistan Cricket World Cup 2023 Potential XI

  1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK)
  2. Ibrahim Zadran
  3. Rahmat Shah
  4. Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)
  5. Mohammad Nabi
  6. Najibullah Zadran
  7. Azmatullah Omarzai
  8. Rashid Khan
  9. Mujeeb ur Rahman
  10. Fazalhaq Farooqi
  11. Naveen Ul-Haq/Noor Ahmad

Injury News

  • Omarzai missed the final match of the Pakistan series due to a side strain and has since been left out of the Asia Cup squad. He returned for the World Cup.

5 Afghanistan Players Who Were Unlucky to Miss Out

  • Fareed Ahmad, Wafadar Momand, Shahidullah, Zahir Khan, Qais Ahmad

1 Surprise Pick for Afghanistan’s World Cup Squad

  • Naveen-ul-Haq

Afghanistan World Cup Squad – Complete List of Players

1. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK)

Role: Right Hand Bat/Wicketkeeper

  • Matches/Innings: 26/26
  • Runs: 953, Best: 151
  • Average/SR: 41.43/85.93
  • 100/50: 5/2

Recent ODI Form: 145, 6, 18, 151, 5

Last ODI: August 26, 2023

Age: 21

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2. Ibrahim Zadran

Role: Right Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 19/19
  • Runs: 829, Best: 162
  • Average/SR: 55.26/83.56
  • 100/50: 4/3

Recent ODI Form: 100,1,0,80,0

Last ODI: August 26, 2023

Age: 21

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3. Riaz Hassan

Role: Right Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 5/4
  • Runs: 120, Best: 50
  • Average/SR: 30.00/62.50
  • 100/50: 0/1

Recent ODI Form: 50, 1, 35, DNB, 34

Last ODI: August 26, 2023

Age: 20

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4. Rahmat Shah

Role: All-Rounder (Right Hand Bat/ Right Arm Leg Spin)

  • Matches/Innings: 97/93
  • Runs: 3191, Best: 114
  • Average/SR: 36.26/70.44
  • 100/50: 5/23

Recent ODI Form: 7,8,2,0,0

Last ODI: August 22, 2023

Age: 30

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5. Hashmatullah Shahidi (C)

Role: Left Hand Batter

  • Matches/Innings: 64/64
  • Runs: 1665, Best: 97*
  • Average/SR: 31.41/65.91
  • 100/50: 0/14

Recent ODI Form: 2, 22, 0, 15*, 13

Last ODI: August 26, 2023

Age: 28

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6. Najibullah Zadran

Role: Left Hand Batter

  • Matches/Innings: 90/82
  • Runs: 2013, Best: 104*
  • Average/SR: 30.04/89.42
  • 100/50: 1/15

Recent ODI Form: 2, 10, DNB, 10, 10

Last ODI: July 11, 2023

Age: 30

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7. Ikram Alikhil

Role: Left Hand Bat/Wicketkeeper

  • Matches/Innings: 14/13
  • Runs: 238, Best: 86
  • Average/SR: 23.8/60.25
  • 100/50: 0/2

Recent ODI Form: 86, 58, 19, 9, 4

Last ODI: August 24, 2023

Age: 23

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8. Mohammad Nabi

Role: All-Rounder (Right Arm Off Spin/ Right Hand Bat)

  • Matches/Innings: 147/131
  • Runs: 3085, Best: 116
  • Average/SR: 27.06/85.19
  • 100/50: 1/15
  • Wickets: 154, Best: 4/30
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 4/0
  • Economy: 4.29

Recent ODI Form: 1/29, 1/7, 2/34, 2/46, 0/18 & 25, 1, 7, 29, 3

Last ODI: August 26, 2023

Age: 38

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9. Rashid Khan

Role: All-Rounder (Right Arm Bat/Right Arm Leg Spin)

  • Matches/Innings: 94/89
  • Runs: 1160, Best: 60*
  • Average/SR: 19.01/104.69
  • 100/50: 0/5
  • Wickets: 170, Best: 7/18
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 6/4
  • Economy: 4.15

Recent ODI Form: 2/21, 2/28, 2/42, 0/53, 1/42 & 2, DNB, 6, 0, 2, 16

Last ODI: August 26, 2023

Age: 25

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10. Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Role: Right Arm Off Spin/Mystery

  • Matches/Innings: 66/65
  • Wickets: 91, Best: 5/50
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 3/1
  • Economy: 4.08

Recent ODI Form: 3/40, 0/34, 3/33, 1/45, 1/50

Last ODI: August 26, 2023

Age: 22

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11. Noor Ahmad

Role: Left Arm Wrist Spin

  • Matches/Innings: 3/3
  • Wickets: 2, Best: 1/54
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/0
  • Economy: 7.42

Recent ODI Form: 0/32, 1/54, 1/70

Last ODI: June 4, 2023

Age: 18

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12. Abdul Rahman

Role: Right Arm Medium Pace

  • Matches/Innings: 3/3
  • Wickets: 1, Best: 1/83
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/0
  • Economy: 7.67

Recent ODI Form: 0/27, 0/23, 1/83

Last ODI: August 24, 2023

Age: 21

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13. Fazalhaq Farooqi

Role: Left Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 21/21
  • Wickets: 32, Best: 4/49
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 2/0
  • Economy: 5.34

Recent ODI Form: 3/24, 3/22, 2/26, 1/51, 3/69, 1/45

Last ODI: August 26, 2023

Age: 23

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14. Azmatullah Omarzai

Role: All-Rounder(Right Arm Fast/Right Hand Bat)

  • Matches/Innings: 13/8
  • Wickets: 6, Best: 1/17
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/0
  • Economy: 4.93
  • Runs: 137, Best: 56

Recent ODI Form: 16* & 0/12

Last ODI: August 22, 2023

Age: 23

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15. Naveen-ul-Haq

Role: Right Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 7/7
  • Wickets: 14, Best: 4/42
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 1/0
  • Economy: 5.78

Last ODI: January 26, 2021

Age: 24

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16. Gulbadin Naib*

*in the reserves

Role: All-Rounder (Right Hand Bat/Right Arm Fast)

  • Matches/Innings: 77/66
  • Runs: 1170, Best: 82*
  • Average/SR: 20.17/73.30
  • 100/50: 0/5
  • Wickets: 67, Best: 6/43
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 2/1
  • Economy: 5.4

Recent ODI Form: 0/25, 3/34, 0/48, 1/19, 2/36 & 22, 6, 8, 20, 0

Last ODI: August 26, 2023

Age: 32

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17. Sharafuddin Ashraf*

*in the reserves

Role: All-Rounder (Left Arm Spin/Right Hand Bat)

  • Matches/Innings: 19/11
  • Wickets: 13, Best: 3/29
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/0
  • Economy: 4.28
  • Runs: 66, Best: 21

Recent ODI Form: 0/50, 1/37, 1/57, 0/23, 0/23

Last ODI: January 23, 2022

Age: 28

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18. Fareed Ahmad*

*in the reserves

Role: Left Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 15/14
  • Wickets: 21
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/0
  • Economy: 5.41

Recent ODI Form: 2/43, 2/61, 0/8, 2/70

Last ODI: August 25, 2023

Age: 29

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19. Mohammad Saleem**

**did not make into the final WC squad

Role: Right Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 2/2
  • Wickets: 0
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/0
  • Economy: 6.77

Recent ODI Form: 0/36, 0/34

Last ODI: July 8, 2023

Age: 20

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20. Karim Janat**

**did not make into the final World Cup squad

Role: All-Rounder (Right Hand Bat/Right Arm Fast)

  • Matches/Innings: 1/1
  • Runs: 9, Best: 9
  • Average/SR: 9.00/27.27
  • 100/50: 0/0
  • Wickets: 0
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/0
  • Economy: 7.75

Recent ODI Form: 9 & 0/31

Last ODI: February 24, 2017

Age: 25

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Final Thoughts on Afghanistan Asia Cup 2023 Squad

Do I expect Afghanistan to win the 2023 ODI World Cup?

No, but I expect a better result than their disastrous 2019 World Cup campaign. They may definitely be the dark horse in the 2023 Asia Cup.

What do you think?

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Afghanistan World Cup 2023 Squad

What is the average age of Afghanistan’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad?

Who is selected for Afghanistan’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad?

Raahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Hsmatullah Shahidi (C), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Ikram Alikhil, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Abudl Rahman, and Mohammad Saleem have been selected for Afghanistan’s 2023 Cricket World Cup preliminary squad.

Can Afghanistan win the 2023 ODI World Cup?

No, but I expect them to win 3-5 games and end in the Top 6.

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Bangladesh World Cup 2023 Squad Breakdown: Which of the 15-men will make the Bangladesh 2023 World Cup XI?

Let’s breakdown Bangladesh World Cup 2023 squad.

Here is a quick preview: Bangladesh are going with a good combination of youth and experience. The 2007 generation, 2015 youngsters, and the new under-19 crop have provided Bangladesh with never-seen-before depth.

Let’s dive right in.

Key Takeaways from Bangladesh’s ODI Squad Announcement

  • The average age of Bangladesh World Cup 2023 squad is 27.2. Bangladesh’s squad includes the most experienced players in the World Cup (Shakib, Mahmudullah, and Mushfiqur) but there are several youngsters as well. They have youngsters such as Tanzim Hasan Sakib (20), Tanzid Hasan Tamim (22), Towhid Hridoy (22), Shoriful Islam (22), Hasan Mahmud (23), The victorious U-19 WC campaign is serving Bangladesh well.
  • Bangladesh’s World Cup squad has average ODI match experience of 77 ODIs (1150 ODIs among 15 players). Mushfiqur Rahim (256), Mahmudullah (221) & Shakib Al Hasan (240) are their most experienced players, while Tanzim Hasan & Tanzid Hasan are just starting out.
  • Bangladesh’s squad composition is as follows: 5 proper batters, 4 all-rounders, and 6 proper bowling options. In total, Bangladesh has 10 bowling options (3 off spin, 2 left arm spin, 2 left arm pace, and 3 right arm pace) in their squad if absolutely needed.
  • Bangladesh has 6 left-handed batting options (Tanzid, Shanto, Shakib) and two wicketkeeping options.

Bangladesh Cricket World Cup Team at a Glance

PlayerRoleAge
Mohammad Naim**Batter24
Litton DasBatter/Wicket-keeper28
Tanzid Hasan TamimBatter22
Najmul Hossain ShantoBatter25
Towhid HridoyBatter22
Mushfiqur RahimBatter/Wicket-keeper36
Afif Hossain**Batter/Part-time Off spin23
Shamim Hossain**All-Rounder/Right Arm Off Spin22
Shakib Al HasanAll-Rounder/Left Arm Spin36
MahmudullahAll-Rounder/Right Arm Off Spin37
Mehidy Hasan MirazAll-Rounder/Off-Spin25
Mahedi HasanAll-Rounder/Off Spin28
Nasum AhmedLeft Arm Spin28
Taskin AhmedFast Bowler28
Mustafizur RahmanLeft Arm Fast Bowler28
Shoriful IslamLeft Arm Medium Pace22
Ebadot Hossain*Fast Bowler29
Hasan MahmudMedium Pace23
Tanzim Hasan SakibMedium Pace20
Tamim Iqbal*Left Hand Bat34

*left out of the World Cup (due to injury and controversy)

**did not make the final squad

Bangladesh Cricket World Cup 2023 Potential XI

  1. Tanzid Hasan
  2. Litton Das (WK)
  3. Najmul Hossain Shanto
  4. Mushfiqur Rahim
  5. Shakib Al Hasan
  6. Mahmudullah
  7. Mehidy Hasan Miraz
  8. Mahedi Hasan
  9. Taskin Ahmed
  10. Mustafizur Rahman
  11. Shoriful Islam/Hasan Mahmud

Injury News

  • Tamim Iqbal is injured, but likely to be back for the World Cup
  • Ebadot Hossain has been ruled out of the Asia Cup and is in the race to be fit for the World Cup. Tanzim Hasan replaced him.

4 Bangladesh Players Who Were Unlucky to Miss Out

  • Tamim Iqbal, Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Yasir Ali

Surprise Picks for Bangladesh’s World Cup Squad

  • Tanzid Hasan, Tanzim Hasan

Bangladesh World Cup 2023 Squad – Complete List of Players

1. Mohammad Naim**

**did not make it to the final World Cup squad

Role: Left Hand Batter (Opener)

  • Matches/Innings: 4/3
  • Runs: 10, Best: 9
  • Average/SR: 3.33/32.25
  • 100/50: 0/0

*Although his numbers are not that great in ODI cricket, he has played some defining innings in his 35 T20I innings.

Recent ODI Form: DNB, 1, 9, 0

Last ODI: July 11, 2023

Age: 24

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2. Litton Das

Role: Right Hand Batter/Wicketkeeper (Opener)

  • Matches/Innings: 77/76
  • Runs: 2213, Best: 176
  • Average/SR: 34.04/88.06
  • 100/50: 5/10

Recent ODI Form: 21, 35, 26, 13, 53*

Last ODI: July 11, 2023

Age: 28

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3. Tanzid Hasan Tamim

Role: Left Hand Batter (Opener)

  • Matches/Innings: 5/4
  • Runs: 34, Best: 16
  • Average/SR: 8.5/109.67
  • 100/50: 0/0

Age: 22

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4. Najmul Hossain Shanto (VC)

Role: Left Hand Batter

  • Matches/Innings: 30/29
  • Runs: 639, Best: 117
  • Average/SR: 24.57/76.34
  • 100/50: 1/3

Recent ODI Form: 117, 35, 12, 1, 11

Last ODI: July 11, 2023

Age: 25

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5. Towhid Hridoy

Role: Right Hand Batter

  • Matches/Innings: 17/15
  • Runs: 338, Best: 92
  • Average/SR: 48.28/97.68
  • 100/50: 0/3

Recent ODI Form: 68, 13, 51, 16, 22*

Last ODI: July 11, 2023

Age: 22

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6. Mushfiqur Rahim (WK)

Role: Right Hand Batter/Wicketkeeper

  • Matches/Innings: 256/239
  • Runs: 7257, Best: 144
  • Average/SR: 37.21/79.71
  • 100/50: 9/45

Recent ODI Form: 61, 36*, 45, 1, 69, DNB

Last ODI: July 11, 2023

Age: 36

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7. Afif Hossain**

**did not make it in the final WC squad

Role: All-Rounder (Left Hand Batter/Right Arm Off Spin)

  • Matches/Innings: 28/24
  • Runs: 546, Best: 93*
  • Average/SR: 28.73/87.50
  • 100/50: 0/3
  • Wickets: 3, Best: 1/0

Recent ODI Form: 3, 24*, 15*, 2, 24

Last ODI: July 16, 2023

Age: 23

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8. Shamim Hossain**

**did not make it in the final WC squad

Role: All-Rounder (Left Hand Batter/Right Arm Off Spin)

*Has not debuted in ODIs yet. Has played 17 ODIs

List A:

  • Matches/Innings: 48/44
  • Runs: 1093, Best: 108*
  • Average/SR: 28.76/83.69
  • 100/50: 0/4
  • Wickets: 17, Best: 3/25

Age: 22

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9. Shakib Al Hasan (C)

Role: All-Rounder (Left Arm Spinner/Left Hand Batter)

  • Matches/Innings: 240/227
  • Runs: 7211, Best: 134*
  • Average/SR: 37.55/82.56
  • 100/50: 9/53
  • Wickets: 305, Best: 5/29
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 10/4
  • Economy: 4.44

Recent ODI Form: 20, 26, 15, 25, 39 & 0/57, 1/9, 2/50, 1/13

Last ODI: July 11, 2023

Age: 36

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10. Mehidy Hasan Miraz

Role: All-Rounder (Right Hand Batter/Right Arm Off Spinner)

  • Matches/Innings: 82/55
  • Runs: 888, Best: 100*
  • Average/SR: 21.65/77.01
  • Wickets: 88, Best: 4/25
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 5/0
  • Economy: 4.70

Recent ODI Form: 19, 37, 5, 25, DNB & 1/38, 2/60, 1/35

Last ODI: July 11,2023

Age: 25

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11. Mahedi Hasan

Role: All-Rounder (Right Hand Batter/Right Arm Off Spin)

  • Matches/Innings: 8/7
  • Runs: 14, Best: 14
  • Average/SR: 8.00/72.72
  • Wickets: 2, Best: 2/42
  • Economy: 4.56

*Has played 38 T20Is

Recent ODI Form: 14, 7, 3 & 0/17, 2/42, 0/46

Last ODI: March 26, 2021

Age: 28

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12. Nasum Ahmed

Role: Left Hand Orthodox

  • Matches/Innings: 12/11
  • Wickets: 8, Best: 3/19
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/0
  • Economy: 3.73

Recent ODI Form: 3/19, 2/39, 0/54, 3/43, 0/11

Last ODI: March 23, 2023

Age: 28

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13. Taskin Ahmed

Role: Right Arm Fast/Left Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 63/61
  • Wickets: 81, Best: 5/28
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 3/2
  • Economy: 5.43

Recent ODI Form: 3/66, 2/15, 3/26, 1/26, 2/23

Last ODI: July 11, 2023

Age: 28

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14. Mustafizur Rahman

Role: Left Arm Fast (or Left Arm Fast Off Spinner)

  • Matches/Innings: 98/92
  • Wickets: 148, Best: 6/43
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 5/5
  • Economy: 5.08

Recent ODI Form: 1/25, 0/31, 4/44, 0/10. 2/60

Last ODI: July 8, 2023

Age: 28

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15. Shoriful Islam

Role: Left Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 22/22
  • Wickets: 3/28, Best: 3/28
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 3/0
  • Economy: 5.57

Recent ODI Form: 1/57, 0/77, 1/21, 2/83, 4/21

Last ODI: July 11, 2023

Age: 22

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16. Ebadot Hossain**

**did not make it to the final World Cup squad

Role: Right Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 12/11
  • Wickets: 22, Best: 4/42
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 2/0
  • Economy: 5.60

Recent ODI Form: 2/29, 0/15, 1/56, 1/53, 1/61

Last ODI: July 8, 2023

Age: 29

*currently injured (after Asia Cup squad was initially announced)

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17. Hasan Mahmud

Role: Right Arm Fast Medium

  • Matches/Innings: 17/17
  • Wickets: 20, Best: 5/32
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/1
  • Economy: 5.54

Recent ODI Form: 1/21, 2/48, 2/44, 0/36, 2/70

Last ODI: July 8, 2023

Age: 23

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18. Tanzim Hasan Sakib

Role: Right Arm Fast Medium

  • Matches/Innings: 2/2
  • Wickets: 2, Best: 2/32
  • Economy: 4.22

Age: 20

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19. Tamim Iqbal*

Role: Left Arm Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 241/239
  • Runs: 8313, Best: 158
  • Average/SR: 36.62/78.54
  • 100/50: 14/56

Age: 34

*Not in the Asia Cup squad due to an injury, but is expected to be back for the World Cup. Update: He came back, but was dropped after public controversy.

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20. Mahmudullah

Role: All-Rounder (Right Hand Batter/Right Arm Off Spinner)

  • Matches/Innings: 221/192
  • Runs: 5020, Best: 128*
  • 100/50: 3/27
  • Average/SR: 35.35/75.04
  • Wickets: 82, Best: 3/4
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/0
  • Economy: 5.21

Age: 37

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Final Thoughts on Bangladesh World Cup 2023 Squad

This may be Bangladesh’s best chance to win a World Cup, or at least to go to the semi-finals.

Mushfiqur Rahim, Tamim Iqbal, and Shakib Al Hasan (and Mahmudullah) have been legends for Bangladesh, and this is their lasst chance. With the yuong crop (Mehidy, Liton, Taskin, Mustafizur, etc.) coming into their own, definitely watch out for this Bangladesh ODI side.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Bangladesh World Cup 2023 Squad

Who is selected for Bangladesh’s World Cup 2023 squad?

Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das (WK), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Naim, Tanzid Hasan, Tanzim Hasan, Hasan Mahmud, Shamim Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, and Towhid Hridoy are selected for Bangladesh’s 2023 World Cup preliminary squad.

What is the average age of Bangladeesh’s World Cup and Asia Cup squads?


The average age of Bangladesh Asis Cup 2023 squad is 26.4. Bangladesh’s 19-men preliminary squad includes the most experienced players in the World Cup (Shakib, Tamim, and Mushfiqur) but there are several youngsters as well. They have youngsters such as Tanzim Hasan Sakib (20), Tanzid Hasan Tamim (22), Towhid Hridoy (22), Shoriful Islam (22), Shamim Hossain (22), Afif Hossain (23), Hasan Mahmud (23), and Mohammad Naim (24). The victorious U-19 WC campaign is serving Bangladesh well.

Who is selected for Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023 squad?

Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das (WK), Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Naim, Tanzid Hasan Tamim, Tanzim Hasan Sakib, Hasan Mahmud, Shamim Hossain, Shoriful Islam, Nasum Ahmed, and Towhid Hridoy are selected for Bangladesh’s 2023 Asia Cup squad.

Can Bangladesh win the 2023 ODI World Cup?

This may be Bangladesh’s best chance to win the 2023 ODI World Cup, but it is going to be tough. They have a great chance to make their first semi-finals, given their recent ODI Super League record.

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Pakistan World Cup 2023 Squad Breakdown: Which of these 15-men will make the Pakistan 2023 Cricket World Cup XI?

Let’s breakdown Pakistan World Cup 2023 squad, which is basically Pakistan’s 18-member preliminary World Cup 2023 squad.

Here is a quick preview: Pakistan is banking on youth to help them go all the way in this upcoming World Cup.

Let’s dive right in.

Key Takeaways from Pakistan’s World Cup 2023 ODI Squad Announcement

  • The average age of Pakistan World Cup 2023 squad is 26.9. Pakistan is going with a young squad, especially in the pace department. They have youngsters like Naseem Shah (20), Mohammad Wasim (21), Mohammad Haris (22), and Shaheen Shah Afridi (23). Fakhar Zaman is the oldest member of squad at just 33.
  • The 18-member Pakistan’s preliminary World Cup squad has average ODI match experience of only 41 ODIs (607 ODIs among 15 players). Babar Azam (108), Fakhar Zaman (78) & Imam-ul-Haq (66) are their most experienced players.
  • Pakistan’s squad composition is as follows: 6 proper batters (1 part time), 4 all-rounders, and 5 proper bowling options. In total, Pakistan has 10 bowling options (2 off spin, 1 left arm pace, 2 left arm spin, 2 leg spin, and 3 right arm pace) in their squad if absolutely needed.
  • Pakistan has 4 left-handed batting options (Imam, Fakhar, Saud Shakeel, Nawaz) and one wicketkeeping option.

Pakistan Cricket World Cup Team at a Glance

PlayerRoleAge
Imam-ul-HaqBatter27
Fakhar ZamanBatter33
Babar Azam (C)Batter28
Iftikhar AhmedAll-Rounder/Off Spin33
Abdullah ShafiqueBatter23
Agha SalmanAll-Rounder/Off Spin29
Mohammad RizwanBatter/Wicketkeeper31
Saud ShakeelBatter, part time left arm spin27
Shadab KhanAll-Rounder/Leg Spin24
Mohammad NawazAll-Rounder/Left Arm Spin29
Faheem Ashraf**All-Rounder/Medium Pace29
Haris RaufFast Bowler29
Shaheen Shah AfridiFast Bowler23
Naseem Shah*Fast Bowler20
Hasan AliFast Bowler 29
Mohammad WasimFast Bowler22
Usama MirRight Arm Leg Spin27
Mohammad Haris***Right Hand Bat/Wicketkeeper22
Tayyab Tahir**Right Hand Bat30

*ruled out of the World Cup

**did not make it to the final World Cup squad

***reserve

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Pakistan Cricket World Cup 2023 Potential XI

  1. Imam-ul-Ha
  2. Fakhar Zaman
  3. Babar Azam
  4. Mohammad Rizwan (WK)
  5. Iftikhar Ahmed
  6. Agha Salman
  7. Shadab Khan
  8. Mohammad Nawaz
  9. Hasan Ali
  10. Shaheen Shah Afridi
  11. Haris Rauf

Injury News

  • Naseem Shah has been ruled out of the World Cup due to injury in the Asia Cup.
  • 20-year old pacer, Ihsanullah has been in Pakistan’s plans but has been out with an elbow injury recently.

7 Pakistan Players Who Were Unlucky to Miss Out

  • Naseem Shah, Shan Masood, Imad Wasim, Haider Ali, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Hasnain

2 Surprise Picks for Pakistan’s World Cup Squad

  • Usama Mir, Hasan Ali

Pakistan World Cup 2023 Squad – Complete List of Players

1. Imam-ul-Haq

Role: Left-Hand Bat (Opener)

  • Matches/Innings: 66/65
  • Runs: 2719, Best: 151
  • Average/SR: 51.30/82.99
  • 100/50: 9/16

Recent ODI Form: 11, 6, 60, 24, 90

Last ODI: May 3, 2023

Age: 27

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2. Fakhar Zaman

Role: Left-Hand Bat (Opener, #3)

  • Matches/Innings: 78/77
  • Runs: 3148, Best: 210*
  • Average/SR: 48.43/93.27
  • 100/50: 10/15

Recent ODI Form: 101, 117, 180*, 19, 14, 33

Last ODI: May 7, 2023

Age: 33

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3. Babar Azam (C)

Role: Right-Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 108/105
  • Runs: 5089, Best: 158
  • Average/SR: 59.17/89.24
  • 100/50: 18/26

Recent ODI Form: 49, 65, 54, 107, 1

Last ODI: March 7, 2023

Age: 28

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4. Iftikhar Ahmed

Role: Right-Hand Bat/ Right Arm Off spin

  • Matches/Innings: 19/16
  • Runs: 246, Best: 94*
  • Average/SR: 41.00/101.65
  • 100/50: 0/1
  • Wickets: 8, Best: 5/40
  • Economy: 5.38

Recent ODI Form: 2, 8*, DNB, 28, 94* & 1/36, 0/38, 1/38, 0/21

Last ODI: May 7, 2023

Age: 33

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5. Abdullah Shafique

Role: Right-Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 4/4
  • Runs: 28
  • Average/SR: 9.33/66.66
  • 100/50:0/0

Recent ODI Form: 2, 7, 19

Last ODI: May 3, 2023

Age: 23

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6. Agha Salman

Role: Right-Hand Bat/Right Arm Off spin

  • Matches/Innings: 11/10
  • Runs: 337, Best: 58
  • Average/SR: 48.14/108.7
  • 100/50: 0/3
  • Wickets: 3, Best: 2/42
  • Economy: 5.57

Recent ODI Form: 7, DNB, 31, 58, 57 & 0/15, 0/34, 1/42, 0/49, 0/60

Last ODI: May 7, 2023

Age: 29

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7. Mohammad Rizwan (WK)

Role: Right-Hand Bat/Wicketkeeper

  • Matches/Innings: 65/59
  • Runs: 1408, Best: 115
  • Average/SR: 34.34/88.22
  • 100/50: 2/9
  • Catches/Stumpings: 52/2

Recent ODI Form: 77, 42*, 54*, 32, 24, 9

Last ODI: May 7, 2023

Age: 31

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8. Saud Shakeel

Role: Left-hand Bat/Left Arm Spin

  • Matches/Innings: 6/5
  • Runs: 67, Best: 56
  • Average/SR: 22.33/66.33
  • 100/50: 0/1

Recent ODI Form: 5, 56, 3*, 3, DNB

Last ODI: March 21, 2022

Age: 27

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9. Shadab Khan (VC)

Role: Right Arm Leg spin/Right-Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 64/39
  • Wickets: 73, Best: 4/28
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 4/0
  • Economy: 5.13
  • Runs: 631, Best: 86
  • 100/50: 0/4

Recent ODI Form: 86, 48*, DNB, DNB, 21*, 14 & 4/62, 0/47, 1/41, 1/56, 0/45, 2/67

Last ODI: May 7, 2023

Age: 24

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10. Mohammad Nawaz

Role: Left Arm Spin/Left-Hand Bat

  • Matches/Innings: 32/24
  • Wickets: 37, Best: 4/19
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 3/0
  • Economy: 4.94
  • Runs: 283, Best: 53

Recent ODI Form: 4/38 1/53, 0/55, 0/40. 0/26 & 3,8,8*, DNB, 11*

Last ODI: May 3, 2023

Age: 29

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11. Hasan Ali

Role: Right Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 60/58
  • Wickets: 91, Best: 5/34
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 1/4
  • Economy: 5.75

Last ODI: June 12, 2022

Age: 29

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12. Haris Rauf

Role: Right Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 28/28
  • Wickets: 39, Best: 4/65
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 3/0
  • Economy: 5.85

Recent ODI Form: 0/41, 2/65, 4/78, 2/37, 1/45

Last ODI: May 7, 2023

Age: 29

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13. Mohammad Wasim

Role: Right Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 14/7
  • Wickets: 24, Best: 4/36
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 1/0
  • Economy: 5.32

Recent ODI Form: 0/46, 2/35, 2/50, 3/40, 1/24

Last ODI: May 7, 2023

Age: 22

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14. Shaheen Shah Afridi

Role: Left Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 44/43
  • Wickets: 70, Best: 6/35
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 5/2
  • Economy: 5.52

Recent ODI Form: 1/17, 2/63, 2/53, 1/34, 3/46

Last ODI: May 7, 2023

Age: 23

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15. Usama Mir

Role: Right Hand Leg spin

  • Matches/Innings: 8/8
  • Wickets: 10, Best: 4/43
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 1/0
  • Economy: 5.29

Recent ODI Form: 2/42, 1/42, 1/61, 0/66, 4/43, 2/53

Last ODI: May 7, 2023

Age: 27

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16. Naseem Shah*

*ruled out of the final World Cup squad due to injury

Role: Right Arm Fast

  • Matches/Innings: 8/8
  • Wickets: 23, Best: 5/33
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/2
  • Economy: 4.73

Recent ODI Form: 5/57, 3/58, 2/29, 1/49, 2/42

Last ODI: May 3, 2023

Age: 20

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17. Faheem Ashraf**

**not picked in the final World Cup squad

Role: Left-Hand Bat/Right Arm Medium

  • Matches/Innings: 31/30
  • Wickets: 23, Best: 5/22
  • 4-fer/5-fer: 0/1
  • Economy: 5.11
  • Runs: 218, Best: 28

Recent ODI Form: 11, 1, 5, 1, 10 & 1/62, 0/30, 0/33, 0/45, 0/34

Last ODI: July 13, 2021

Age: 29

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18. Tayyab Tahir**

**not picked in the final World Cup squad

Role: Right Hand Bat

*Has debuted in T20Is, but not ODIs yet.

List A Record:

  • Matches/Innings: 53/53
  • Runs: 53/53, Best: 169
  • 100s/50s:4/16
  • Average/SR: 44.23/90.83

Age:

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19. Mohammad Haris***

***reserve

Role: Right Hand Bat/Wicketkeeper

  • Matches/Innings: 5/4
  • Runs: 27, Best: 17*
  • 100/50: 0/0
  • Average/SR: 9.00/103.84
  • Catches/Stumpings: 4/2

Recent ODI Form: DNB, 6, 0, 4, 17*

Last ODI: May 5, 2023

Age: 22

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Final Thoughts

Pakistan’s fast bowling unit has always been good, but this time they also have a stable top order, an in-form keeper, variety of spin options, and a Babar Azam.

Oh yes, and in Shadab Khan, they have one of the best fielders going around.

Take Pakistan lightly at your own peril.

What do you all think? How far can Pakistan go in the upcoming Asia Cup and the 2023 ODI World Cup?

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average age of Pakistan’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad?

The average age of Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 squad is 26.9. Pakistan is going with a young squad. They have youngsters like Naseem Shah (20), Mohammad Wasim (21), Mohammad Haris (22), and Shaheen Shah Afridi (23). Fakhar Zaman is the oldest member of squad at just 33.

Who is selected for Pakistan’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad?

Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Mohammad Haris, Tayyab Tahir, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Abdullah Shafique, and Agha Salman are selected for Pakistan’s 2023 Cricket World Cup squad.

Who is selected for Pakistan Asia Cup 2023 squad?

Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim, Mohammad Haris, Tayyab Tahir, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Abdullah Shafique, and Agha Salman are selected.

Can Pakistan win the 2023 ODI World Cup?

Yes, Pakistan have it in them to win the 2023 ODI World Cup. They have a strong core that has been playing since the 2017 Champions Trophy as well as some new faces. Their pace bowling is as good as it gets, and this time they have the batting to back it up.

© Copyright @Nitesh Mathur and Broken Cricket Dreams, LLC 2023. Originally published on 08/19/2023. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Broken Cricket Dreams with appropriate and specific direction to the original content (i.e. linked to the exact post/article).