Afghanistan is set to lock horns with England in their first match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The ENG vs AFG clash takes place on October 22 (Saturday). Perth Stadium in Perth is the venue of the encounter. Mohammad Nabi leads Afghanistan in ICC T20 World Cup 2022.
Jos Buttler is the captain of England in the tournament. Afghanistan is part of group 1 in the tournament. During their warm-up game before, they crushed Bangladesh by 62 runs. Ahead of the ENG vs AFG match, here we take a glance at Afghanistan’s predicted playing XI against England in the clash.
ENG vs AFG: Afghanistan’s Predicted Playing XI Against England, ICC T20 World Cup 2022, Match 14
Hazratullah Zazai might be the opener for the team in the ENG vs AFG match of the T20 World Cup 2022. The left-handed batsman hit 15 runs in the warm-up match against Bangladesh earlier. He is a hard-hitting batter and will seek to give a good start to the team against England.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz might be another opener and wicketkeeper for the team in the ENG vs AFG match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The right-handed batsman scored 26 runs in the warm-up match. He will be a good choice of opener for the team and makes a strong combination with Zazai for the opening slot.
Ibrahim Zadran might be the one-down batsman for the team in the ENG vs AFG match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The right-handed batsman scored 46 runs off 39 balls in the warm-up match. He is in the superb form currently and will be a powerful choice for the no.3 position.
Najibullah Zadran might be a middle-order batter for the team in the opening game. The left-handed batsman could only score 5 runs in the warm-up match. However, he gave a good performance with the bat during Asia Cup 2022 and previous campaigns. In 83 T20Is so far, Zadran has slammed 1559 runs at an average of 32.48.
Mohammad Nabi (C)
Mohammad Nabi is the skipper of Afghanistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 and will lead the team in the opening game as well. Nabi shattered a brilliant knock of 41 runs off just 17 balls in the warm-up match. The right-arm spinner also picked 1 wicket in the warm-up clash while bowling. Below the order, he has the ability to power-hitting.
Usman Ghani might be another middle-order batsman for the team in the opening game. The right-handed batsman has slammed 705 runs in 30 games at an average of 27.12. He has the ability to smash quickfire knocks for the team.
Rashid Khan might be a spinner for Afghanistan in the opening game. The right-arm spinner is among the most dangerous spinner in the shortest format. He did not play in the warm-up match. The leg spinner is a crucial spinner for the team in the tournament. He can also smash big shots while batting which is an added advantage.
Azmatuallah Omarzai might be a spinner for the team in the match. Omarzai played in the warm-up game but could not pick any wicket. He conceded 20 runs in his 2 overs. However, he has shown good form in the previous few series.
Fazalhaq Farooqi might be another pacer for the team in the ENG vs AFG match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The left-arm pacer showed fabulous form in the warm-up match, picking 3 wickets in his kitty. He will aim to come up with a similar performance against England.
Naveen-ul-Haq might be another pacer for Afghanistan in ENG vs AFG match of ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The right-arm pacer picked 1 wicket in the warm-up match. He has shown good form in recent times and will be a good opening pacer for the team.
Fareed Ahmad Malik
Fareed Ahmad Malik might be another pacer for the team in ENG vs AFG match of ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The left-arm pacer executed a superb bowling spell in the warm-up match. Malik grabbed 2 wickets in his 3 overs and gave away just 9 runs. He will again try to come up with a good bowling show against a strong team like England.