World Cup 2019: Team-wise one bad pick of the tournament
These players could cost their team a few matches as oppositions are likely to target them.
Updated - May 23, 2019 11:11 am
The 2019 World Cup is here! It’s just a week away and all teams have landed in the United Kingdom (UK) for the cricket’s biggest event. Come the 30th of May, the fight for the most coveted trophy in cricket, the World Cup will begin. 10 teams, 48 games in all and one trophy.
All the 10 teams had announced provisional squads a month back which they could change until May 22. A few teams did tweak their squads a little before finalising their 15. Meanwhile, the others have stuck to their squads and have made no changes at all.
Every team has tried to fit in their best players but there are a few notable absentees from various teams. Hence, as we build towards the World Cup, let’s take a look at one bad pick from each team in this tournament.
Afghanistan – Hamid Hassan
A couple of weeks before announcing their squad for the 2019 World Cup, the Afghanistan selectors shocked the world when they took away the captaincy from Asghar Afghan. They handed the reins over to Gulbadin Naib. There was another surprise when the selectors revealed the 15-man squad for the World Cup.
Hamid Hassan who last played an ODI (before the recent one against Scotland) three years back was included in the squad. While he has some good numbers in ODI cricket, he might be rusty going into the tournament. He’s played all of two ODIs since the last World Cup and a total of 11 international games. Hassan is certainly short of match practice and could turn out be a costly pick for Afghanistan in the tournament.