Afghanistan cricket team skipper Asghar Stanikzai to miss start of ICC World Cup qualifiers
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Afghanistan cricket team skipper Asghar Stanikzai to miss start of ICC World Cup qualifiers

Afghanistan cricket team skipper Asghar Stanikzai, who underwent surgery for removing the appendix, will miss the warm-up games this week as well as the ICC World Cup qualifier opener against Scotland on March 4.

cricket Updated: Feb 26, 2018 21:14 IST
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Asghar Stanikzai has played 83 one-day internationals and made 1,565 runs for Afghanistan cricket team and is expected to play a stellar role for the side in the ICC World Cup qualifier tournament in Zimbabwe.(Getty Images)

Afghanistan cricket team suffered a blow ahead of their 2019 ICC World Cup qualifying campaign on Monday when captain Asghar Stanikzai was ruled out of the start of the tournament after undergoing surgery to have his appendix removed, the International Cricket Council announced.

The 30-year-old middle order batsman will miss the warm-up games this week as well as the tournament opener against Scotland on March 4 although officials expect him to be fit to face hosts Zimbabwe two days later.

Stanikzai has played 83 one-day internationals and made 1,565 runs.

Afghanistan are in Group B of the qualifying tournament which is being staged in Zimbabwe and will face the home country, Nepal, Hong Kong and Scotland in the first round.

The top three teams from the two groups will qualify for the second stage with the best two countries at the end of the event booking their places at the 2019 World Cup being held in England and Wales.

First Published: Feb 26, 2018 21:14 IST