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Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup

Cricket is the national sport of Afghanistan. Beginning in the mid 1800s, Cricket has been widely popular in Afghanistan, though progress on the international level was slow. In 1995, The Afghanistan Cricket Federation was founded. Afghanistan became an affiliate member of ICC in 2001, after forming a national team. From 2008 to 2013, Afghanistan went from Division Five of the World Cricket League to a Full Associate Member. Afghanistan debuted in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.[1]

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Cricket World Cup recordEdit

Year Round Played Won Tied Lost Captain
  1975 Not eligible – not an ICC member
  1979
  1983
   1987
   1992
    1996
     1999
    2003 Not an ICC member at time of qualifying
  2007 Did Not Qualify
    2011
   2015 Group Stage 6 1 0 5 Mohammad Nabi
  2019 To be decided
Total Group Stage 6 1 0 5

World Cup Record (By Team)Edit

Cricket World Cup matches (By team)
Opponents Played Wins Loses Ties Win%
  Australia 1 0 1 0 0%
  Bangladesh 1 0 1 0 0%
  England 1 0 1 0 0%
  Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0 0%
  New Zealand 1 0 1 0 0%
  Scotland 1 1 0 0 100%
Total 6 1 5 0 16.67%

2015 Cricket World CupEdit

The 2015 Cricket World was the first and to date the only Cricket World Cup Afghanistan has participated in. Afghanistan was grouped with hosts Australia and new Zealand. The group also included test playing nations Sri Lanka, England and Bangladesh, along with Scotland.

18 February
14:30 (AEDT) (D/N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh  
267 (50 overs)
v
  Afghanistan
162 (42.5 overs)
Mushfiqur Rahim 71 (56)
Shapoor Zadran 2/20 (7 overs)
Mohammad Nabi 44 (43)
Mashrafe Mortaza 3/20 (9 overs)
Bangladesh won by 105 runs
Manuka Oval, Canberra
Umpires: Steve Davis (Aus) and Joel Wilson (WI)
Player of the match: Mushfiqur Rahim (Ban)
  • Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Shakib Al Hasan became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to achieve 4000 ODI runs.

22 February
11:00 (NZDT)
Scorecard
Afghanistan  
232 (49.4 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
236/6 (48.2 overs)
Asghar Stanikzai 54 (57)
Lasith Malinga 3/41 (7 overs)
Mahela Jayawardene 100 (120)
Hamid Hassan 3/45 (9 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets
University Oval, Dunedin
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney (NZ) and Richard Illingworth (Eng)
Player of the match: Mahela Jayawardena (SL)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.
  • Both Sri Lanka openers (Lahiru Thirimanne and Tillakaratne Dilshan) were dismissed for golden ducks. It was the second time in ODI history where this has occurred.[2]
  • Hamid Hassan became first Afghan bowler to take 50 ODI wickets and seventh-quickest in the world to take 50 ODI wickets.[2]

26 February
11:00 (NZDT)
Scorecard
Scotland  
210 (50 overs)
v
  Afghanistan
211/9 (49.3 overs)
Matt Machan 31 (28)
Shapoor Zadran 4/38 (10 overs)
Samiullah Shenwari 96 (147)
Richie Berrington 4/40 (10 overs)
Afghanistan won by 1 wicket
University Oval, Dunedin
Umpires: Simon Fry (Aus) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL)
Player of the match: Samiullah Shenwari (Afg)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field.
  • This was the first time Scotland scored over 200 in a World Cup match.[3]
  • Alasdair Evans and Majid Haq's ninth-wicket partnership of 62 was Scotland's best ninth-wicket partnership in ODIs.
  • This was Afghanistan's first ever World Cup win.
  • Scotland captain Preston Mommsen was fined 20% of his match fee, and the other Scotland players 10%, for a slow over rate.[4]

4 March
14:30 (AWST) (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia  
417/6 (50 overs)
v
  Afghanistan
142 (37.3 overs)
David Warner 178 (133)
Shapoor Zadran 2/89 (10 overs)
Nawroz Mangal 33 (35)
Mitchell Johnson 4/22 (7.3 overs)
Australia won by 275 runs
WACA Ground, Perth
Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Michael Gough (Eng)
Player of the match: David Warner (Aus)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field.
  • Australia's score of 417/6 is the highest in World Cup history.[5]
  • Dawlat Zadran (Afg) became the third bowler in World Cup matches to concede 100 runs or more in an innings.[5]
  • Australia's victory margin of 275 runs is the highest in World Cup history.[6]

8 March
11:00 (NZDT)
Scorecard
Afghanistan  
186 (47.4 overs)
v
  New Zealand
188/4 (36.1 overs)
Najibullah Zadran 56 (56)
Daniel Vettori 4/18 (10 overs)
Martin Guptill 57 (76)
Shapoor Zadran 1/45 (10 overs)
New Zealand won by 6 wickets
McLean Park, Napier
Umpires: Johan Cloete (SA) and Marais Erasmus (SA)
Player of the match: Daniel Vettori (NZ)
  • Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Daniel Vettori (NZ) took his 300th ODI wicket in this match.[7]
  • Afghanistan was eliminated from the World Cup as a result of this match.[8]

13 March
14:30 (AEDT) (D/N)
Scorecard
Afghanistan  
111/7 (36.2 overs)
v
  England
101/1 (18.1 overs)
Shafiqullah 30 (64)
Chris Jordan 2/13 (6.2 overs)
Ian Bell 52* (56)
Hamid Hassan 1/17 (5 overs)
England won by 9 wickets (D/L method)
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and S. Ravi (Ind)
Player of the match: Chris Jordan (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to field.
  • Afghanistan's innings ended in the 37th over and England's target reduced to 101 off 25 overs due to rain.

2019 Cricket World CupEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://globalvoices.org/2015/02/20/afghanistan-makes-history-in-cricket-world-cup-despite-debut-loss-to-bangladesh/
  2. ^ a b "Golden ducks for openers, and Mahela on song". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN Sports Media. 22 February 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2015/content/story/838807.html
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/31655468
  5. ^ a b "Australia post Cricket World Cup record score v Afghanistan". BBC Sport. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Australia post Cricket World Cup record score in victory over Afghanistan". The Guardian. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Vettori's 300, and Shenwari's fifties". ESPN Cricinfo. 8 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  8. ^ Mitchener, Mark (8 March 2015). "Cricket World Cup 2015: New Zealand beat Afghanistan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 March 2015.