The Newsroom previews the teams of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Today, Afghanistan.
Pool A: Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, England, New Zealand, Scotland, Sri Lanka
The team: It may seem unlikely to those of us who have grown up in the western world that a troubled region like Afghanistan would power its way into the cricket A league, but that is exactly where we find ourselves now.
It is also fascinating to read that this team has reached such dizzying heights when you consider that cricket was a game that was once banned by the Taliban.
Afghanistan’s first match is against Bangladesh in Canberra on Wednesday.
Players to watch: Swing bowler Hamid Hasan has experience in English club cricket and has proven ability in tearing batting line ups apart. Samiullah Shenwari has useful averages with the bat for one day games while Mirwais Ashraf Khan is a medium pace bowler with some handy talents.
Prediction: The Afghans might fare well against some of the lower ranked nations but with England, New Zealand and Australia in their pool do not expect them to progress through to the second round. Although, with no expectations to live up to, they could cause an upset or two. – Joseph Walz.