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The possible XIs for each team in Asia Cup 2022

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Asia Cup 2022 is set to commence from 27th August with the Final slated to be played on 11th September in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Six teams, namely: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, UAE and Hong Kong will be participating in the competition.

Teams have already declared their complete squads and CricBlog will be taking a look at the possible playing XI for each side in this article.

Asia Cup 2022: Possible XIs for all teams

India

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Asia Cup will mark the return of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli to the Indian squad. The think-tank will have to take a call over sacrificing their bowling depth for Dinesh Karthik’s spot in the playing XI. The tournament will also serve as an ideal platform for India to take a call on picking either Avesh Khan or Arshdeep Singh to partner the frontline pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah in the T20 World Cup. But more than anything, all eyes will be set on Virat Kohli’s comeback and his form over the course of the Asia Cup.

Pakistan

Babar Azam (C), Mohammed Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani

Pakistan impressed one and all with their performances in the previous T20 World Cup. However, they have played only a single T20I this year. The Asia Cup gives them a good chance to regroup and set in motion their plans for the coming couple of months.

The team will be hoping for their middle-order to click to reduce over-dependence on Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan. The bowling unit will be weakened by the absence of Shaheen Shah Afridi, but the tournament has given them a good opportunity to tick the vacant boxes ahead of the mega-event.

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Hong Kong

Nizakat Khan (C), Yasir Murtaza, Babar Hayat, Kinchit Shah, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie, Zeeshan Ali, Haroon Arshad, Ehsan Khan, Mohammed Ghazanfar, Ayush Shukla

Hong Kong’s top-order is in good touch as of now but it will be critical for them to show up with a similar resolve against more fancied bowling units. The bowling will arguably be at the mercy of the batting prowess of their stronger opponents. However, the likes of Ehsan Khan and Ayush Shukla have been amongst wickets in recent times and they will have to cleverly make use of the pitch conditions in the UAE to put the other team in some spot of bother.

Overall, this competition has given Hong Kong a fine chance to test their caliber against some of the most prolific players hailing from the continent.

Afghanistan

Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammed Nabi (C), Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqui

The strength of the Afghan batting unit rests in the dynamism of their top-order. Rahmanullah Gurbaz along with Hazaratullah Zazai provide flair to the line-up whereas Rashid Khan and Fazalhaq Farooqui will be holding the bowling attack together.

Afghanistan will be hoping to make it to the top four initially and will take it one game at a time from then onwards. The likes of Mujeeb ur Rahman and Naveen-ul-haq have the necessary skillsets to optimise the prevalent conditions in the UAE. However, for their batting to fire is mandatory to ensure that the Afghans attain any form of success in the tournament.

Sri Lanka

Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (C), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama, Matheesha Pathirana

Sri Lanka have a fairly versatile bowling unit in place with the likes of Maheesh Theekshana having proven their mettle in top-tier competitions in recent times. However, the Lions will have to overcome Dushmantha Chameera’s absence as he recovers from injury.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Dasun Shanaka will be expected to provide the acceleration in the middle-overs though Sri Lanka will be hoping for some greater intent-driven contributions from their top-order. There are chances of Sri Lanka roping in Matheesha Pathirana as well given Chameera’s absence.

Bangladesh

Mushfiqur Rahim, Parvez Hossain Emon, Anamul Haque, Atif Hossain, Mahmadullah, Shakib al Hasan (C), Mosaddek Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammed Saifuddin, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh is considering opening the batting with Mushfiqur Rahim in the Asia Cup and that can mark a stark shift in the way the team approaches its batting in the competition. Rahim will have the entire innings at his disposal to optimise his potential and that opens the space for Afif Hossain to play an able fiddle in the middle-order.

Taskin Ahmed has been in quite some reinvigorated form since his return and his partnership with Mustafizur Rahman will be one to watch out for. Bangladesh’s spin attack does appear to be slightly light in current circumstances. Whether the players adapt quickly to their new roles and responsibilities under the team management’s fresh T20I plans will determine their success in this competition.

Tarkesh Jha
Tarkesh Jha
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