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Ahead of the prestigious ODI World Cup 2023, teams from around the globe have started arriving in India. After Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and South Africa, Afghanistan arrived in Kerala ahead of their scheduled warm-up games. They received a tremendous welcome at Trivandrum Airport as fans erupted in huge numbers.
The team checked in at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Thiruvananthapuram. They received a warm and traditional welcome from hotel staff on Tuesday morning. It’s worth noting that Afghanistan also received their visa just two days before Pakistan. The team also came through the Dubai root as they had a camp ahead of the marquee event.
Here is the welcome video for Afghanistan’s cricket team:
The arrival of team Afghanistan in India for the 2023 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/QlP7O0cnVo
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 26, 2023
Talking about the ODI World Cup, Afghanistan will start their campaign with a warm-up game against South Africa. The match will take place on Friday, September 29, at the Greenfield Cricket Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. It’s worth noting that this year’s ODI World Cup was pretty special for the Afghani team, as they earned direct qualification by beating teams like Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
After facing South Africa in the warm-up game, the Afghani team will face Sri Lanka in the second warm-up game on October 3. However, their campaign in the main tournament will start against Bangladesh on October 7 at the HCA cricket stadium in Dharamshala. After that, the team will face hosts India at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Talking about their squad, Afghanistan possesses a great combination of spin and pace bowling attacks. In the recently concluded Asia Cup, they faced some challenges during group matches and had a great time in sub-continent conditions. The team will be led by Hashmatullah Shahidi, while senior players like Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi will assist him.
Afghanistan’s squad for the ODI World Cup 2023:
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Naveen ul Haq.
|Date||Match Details||Venue||Time (IST)|
|October 7||Bangladesh vs Afghanistan, 3rd Match||Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala||10:30 AM|
|October 11||India vs Afghanistan, 9th Match||Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi||2:00 PM|
|October 15||England vs Afghanistan, 13th Match||Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi||2:00 PM|
|October 18||New Zealand vs Afghanistan, 16th Match||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||2:00 PM|
|October 23||Pakistan vs Afghanistan, 22nd Match||MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||2:00 PM|
|October 30||Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, 30th Match||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune||2:00 PM|
|November 3||Netherlands vs Afghanistan, 34th Match||Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow||2:00 PM|
|November 7||Australia vs Afghanistan, 39th Match||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||2:00 PM|
|November 10||South Africa vs Afghanistan, 42nd Match||Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad||2:00 PM|