Afghanistan and Hongkong announces squad

Afghanistan and Hongkong has announced their 14 member Squad for ACC Twenty20 Cup 2011. James Atkinson will lead the Hongkong team whereas Nawroz Mangal will lead Afghanistan.

Both team are placed on Group A along with Oman, Kuwait and Maldives. They will face each other in the opening game of the tournament on December 3 at Engineering Ground, Kathmandu, Nepal.

The tournament forms part of the qualifying process for ICC World Twenty20 2012 in Sri Lanka. The top three teams from this competition, in addition to Afghanistan who have pre-qualified, join the Associate teams with ODI in the 16-team ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier to be played in the UAE in early 2012.

The other regional teams in the qualifier will come from Europe (2), Africa (2), Americas (2) and East Asia – Pacific (1).

Nawroz Mangal (Captain), Mohammad Nabi, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Sadiq, Shabir Noori, Mirwais Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Dawlat Zadran, Zamir Khan & Nasim Khan.

Team Manager – Shafiqullah Stanikzai
Physio – Azeem Malik

James Atkinson (Captain), Nizakat Khan, Roy Lamsam, Aizaz Khan, Waqas Barkat, Kinchit Shah, Irfan Ahmed, Babar Hayat, Daljeet Singh, Nadeem Ahmed, Mark Ferguson, Mark Chapman, Munir Dar & Courtney Kruger.

Manager – Travis Pittman
Coach – Charlie Burke