The 2023 ODI World Cup is all set to begin on 5 October and on 13 September, Afghanistan Cricket Board announced their squad for the mega event. The Afghans had a disappointing outing in the Asia Cup as they got knocked out of the tournament in the group stage. But, what made the headlines was that Naveen-ul-Haq was selected for the squad. In the Asia Cup, he was not a part of the squad.
But, for the World Cup, he has been selected and now, all eyes will be on 11 October when Team India will take on Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup in Delhi. Naveen hit the headlines in the IPL 2023 with his ugly verbal spat with Virat Kohli during the LSG vs RCB clash in Lucknow. Due to that, Kohli was fined 100% of his match fees while Naveen was fined 50% of his match fees. After that, both of them indirectly took a dig at each other with some posts on Instagram stories. So, fans will be eager to see how these two will play against each other at the mega event.
Naveen-ul-Haq last played in an ODI in January 2021
Speaking of Naveen’s career in ODIs, he has played seven matches so far. In those matches, he has taken 14 wickets, at an economy of 5.78. His last ODI match was in January 2021 against Ireland in Abu Dhabi. Speaking of the squad, Hashmatullah Shahidi will be the skipper as he led the team in the Asia Cup 2023. However, he had a good tournament with the bat but needs to do well as a skipper in this upcoming event. Gulbadin Naib, Sharafudin Ashraf, and Farid Ahmad Malik have been added as the reserve players.
Afghanistan World Cup squad: 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.
Here is how fans have reacted:
Good for him 🤭😂
— Half engineer (@Half_engineer5) September 13, 2023
— Supriya (@Supriya_pro) September 13, 2023
Delhi m hoga ghamasan 🥵🥵
Kotla will witness a historic battle
— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) September 13, 2023
Aam lelo, aam lelo🤣🤣🤣
— Lokesh Saini🚩 (@LokeshVirat18K) September 13, 2023
Ind vs Afg match’s ticket price in black market went a little high..!
— Bhawana (@bhawnakohli5) September 13, 2023
He owned Kohli that Day .
— MAHIYANK™ (@Mahiyank_78) September 13, 2023
Virat Kohli shivering 🥶
— Shivani (@shivani__D) September 13, 2023
This is what we all wanted 🔥🔥
— Tas 🇮🇳 (@TasneemKhatai1) September 13, 2023