ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 25, 2012

Hamid Hassan returns for Afghanistan

ESPNcricinfo staff

New-ball bowler Hamid Hassan, who had been out with a knee injury since January, has made a return to the Afghanistan squad for September's World Twenty20.

Hassan had picked up the injury while playing for the ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI in Dubai against England, in January. He had opened the bowling in the first innings of that game, claiming the wickets Andrew Strauss and Jonahtan Trott, before having to withdraw from the match.

He has since undergone surgery on his knee, and while not fully recovered yet, should be fit in time for the World T20 - the tournament starts on September 18 - according to Afghanistan Cricket Board chief Hamid Shinwari. "We have selected Hasan with confidence, [believing] that he will attain full fitness before the tournament starts and can get match fitness on our tour to the West Indies early next month," Shinwari told AFP.

Left-arm spinner Mohammad Nasim Baras, and batsmen Najibullah Zadran and Shafiqullah, who were not part of Afghanistan's squad for the World T20 qualifiers, have also been brought in.

The qualifiers were Afghanistan's last international T20 assignment. Four players miss out from the squad that played that tournament: fast bowler Aftab Alam, batsman Shabir Noori (both of whom played in the ongoing Under-19 World Cup for Afghanistan), allrounder Mirwais Ashraf and left-arm spinner Zamir Khan.

This will be the second consecutive World T20 that Afghanistan play in, having made it to the tournament in the Caribbean in 2010. They are one of the two non-Test playing nations in this edition, after having finished second at the qualifiers. They finished only behind Ireland, losing the final of the qualifying tournament to them in Dubai, in March.

Afghanistan are placed in Group A, with India and England.

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  • Azooz on August 27, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Welcome back Hamood May your return to the team Bring up da Glorys to da team. Wana see you shining in the #wct20

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 22:10 GMT


  • Rahmatullah on August 26, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    welll no kp sooo yh i hope afghanistan give a hard time to england... i think afghanistan's bowling is average but their batting is teh problem.... dont forget against south africa in last t20 south africa manage to make only around 140... they had all teh best players... sooo yh afghanistan needs to work on tehir batting bcoz england wll test them with short balls from fin, broad and jimmy.

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    InshaAllah they will knock out India and England we are very happy about the up coming tournament

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghanistan .Hopefully he will play the same as he played in 2010 T20 World Cup.

  • Andrew on August 26, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Pity Hasan didn't get a chance to play against Oz.

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Hamid Hassan is definitely our Hero. We all pray for him and we are excited to see him back in Action. I have no doubt that Afghanistan is one of the best cricketing team. However, if they wish to win against the big teams, they would need to enter the ground with the confidence and with the aim to win not to prove themselves as the best compactors or as better side than the other affiliate members.

  • Dummy4 on August 26, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Love each Afghan team member, they are talented and super players

  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    In Sha ALLAH Afghan Will Beat England!! KP Will Announce The Same On That Day... Please Let Me Know That Day!!

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