Bangladesh's crucial encounter with Afghanistan hinges on an early victory.

In a crucial encounter at the HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala, Bangladesh and Afghanistan’s hopes of advancing to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinals may hinge on the outcome. Despite their lower rankings, both teams possess considerable talent and can challenge top sides, especially in favorable conditions.

While Dharamsala tends to favor quick bowlers due to short boundaries and high altitude, Afghanistan boasts three spinners in the top ten of the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Bowling Rankings, while Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan remains a world-class all-rounder. A victory in this opening match would significantly bolster their semifinal prospects. Below are the squads for both teams:

Bangladesh squad

  • Shakib Al Hasan (c)
  • Litton Kumer Das
  • Tanzid Hasan Tamim
  • Najmul Hossain Shanto (vc)
  • Tawhid Hridoy
  • Mushfiqur Rahim
  • Mahmudullah Riyad
  • Mehidy Hasan Miraz
  • Nasum Ahmed
  • Shak Mahedi Hasan
  • Taskin Ahmed
  • Mustafizur Rahman
  • Hasan Mahmud
  • Shoriful Islam
  • Tanzim Hasan Sakib

Afghanistan 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

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