Afghanistan recall pacer Hamid Hassan for World Cup

Afghanistan have recalled seam bowler Hamid Hassan after nearly three-year hiatus for the upcoming World Cup to be held in England, starting from May 30. Despite facing public criticism from senior players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi for changing captains just ahead of an important tournament liked World Cup, Afghanistan have persisted with their decision to name Gulbadin Naib as their ODI captain.

Squad: Gulbadin Naib (C), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb ur Rahman

Hassan, who last played an ODI back in July 2016 against Ireland, has been troubled by heel, knee and thigh injuries. He has also not appeared in first-class cricket since December 2017 when he played for Band-e-Amir region. The pacer returned to the Afghanistan set-up for the T20I series against Zimbabwe in February last year only to be laid low by an injury during one of the training sessions. Hassan, who has bagged 56 ODI wickets at an average of just over 20, was a key part of Afghanistan’s creditable show in the 2015 World Cup, ending up with eight wickets to his name.

“Luckily for us, the come back of senior Fast bowler Hamid Hassan is a good news. However, we will take into account his form and fitness during upcoming practice matches,” Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai, the chief selector said.

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