Cricket’s newest Test nation Afghanistan has time and again proved that they are a side that cannot be taken lightly, especially in the shorter formats. The fact that they don’t have to play the preliminary qualifiers and are straightaway pooled in Group 2 along with India, Pakistan and New Zealand says a lot about their T20 prowess over the last two or three years.

Afghanistan hasn’t quite played much cricket in 2021 apart from a 3-T20I series against Zimbabwe which they won and a 2-Test series against the same opponents which they drew 1-1 in the UAE. Earlier in the year they took on Ireland in a 3-ODI series and won that too. Of late, with the drastic change of political regime back in Afghanistan and the subsequent instability and insecurity among the people back home, cricket seemed to have taken a backseat.

They enter the T20 World Cup not as a well-settled unit as their iconic T20 captain Rashid Khan resigned from the role moments after the team for the T20 World Cup was announced. Experienced T20 professional Mohammad Nabi was handed over the reins of the team.

Considering their 8th ranking in T20Is, Afghanistan T20 World Cup odds of 21.00 are dire to say the least. If their star T20 players can motivate the team enough, then they can be a dangerous side on their day.

Afghanistan T20 World Cup odds

According to Betway, Afghanistan World Cup odds are 21.00 for winning the trophy. The thing that will ride for them is experience in playing cricket in UAE conditions. If their batting can click together and put up decent totals on the board frequently, Afghanistan T20 World Cup betting would be an active ground for punters to cash in.

They are one of the favorites in Group 2 to make it to the semi-finals at least by the looks of it.

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Rashid Khan: After a disagreement with the squad selection for the mega event, Rashid quit the captaincy of the T20 side. That, however, will in a way stop him from playing the brand of cricket he is known for across the globe. An uncanny leg spinner with a whippy action and a dangerous lower-order batsman with unorthodox shots, Rashid can do it all on the field. His charisma can lift the spirit of his team and a lot would depend on him for Afghanistan T20 World Cup odds to become favorable for them.

Mohammad Nabi: The veteran off-spinning all-rounder has earned a name for himself among all the popular T20 leagues in the world. Someone who keeps a lid on run-scoring by bowling a tight line and a big-hitting middle-order batsman, Nabi will have to lead from the front and inspire his team to success. While batting he must ensure to give himself time to face enough deliveries instead of pushing himself to No. 7 or 8 in the order. A good string of scores and wickets for Nabi will mean that Afghanistan World Cup odds don’t take a hit.

Afghanistan Squad & Schedule 

Mohammad Nabi (C), Asghar Afghan, Fareed Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hasan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Shahzad, Mujeeb-ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen-ul Haq, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Usman Ghani

Afghanistan – Group 2

Matches

25 Oct – vs. B1

29 Oct – vs. Pakistan

31 Oct – vs. A2

3 Nov – vs India

7 Nov – vs New Zealand

Prediction for Afghanistan at T20 World Cup 2021

Afghanistan World Cup odds are at a difficult 21.00 but we consider them springing up a surprise. As things stand, Pakistan looks like they have already made their place in the semi-finals. With India almost eliminated, it will be between New Zealand and Afghanistan to make it to the semis. We think Afghanistan will make it to the semi-finals.

Afghanistan’s history at Previous T20 World Cups

2010 – Eliminated in Round 1

2012 – Eliminated in Round 1

2014 – Eliminated in Round 1

2016 – Eliminated in Round 2

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