SL vs AFG: Why is Naveen ul Haq Not Playing first ODI between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan?

Updated on: Jun 2, 2023 12:10 pm IST

SL vs AFG Naveen Ul Haq Not Playing

In a surprising move, Naveen ul Haq, the young cricket sensation who gained immense popularity during his stint with the Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2023, has been left out of the Afghanistan squad for the upcoming 1st ODI against Sri Lanka on June 2, 2023. This decision has left fans and cricket pundits puzzled, as Naveen’s absence from the national side has been a topic of discussion since January 2021.

Why is Naveen ul Haq Not Playing SL vs AFG 1st ODI?

Naveen ul Haq, who became a household name with his exceptional performances in the Indian Premier League, had raised hopes of representing Afghanistan in the 50-over format. Naveen showcased his potential and talent, leaving fans eagerly awaiting his return to the national side.

However, despite his recent success in the IPL and the expectations surrounding him, Naveen’s exclusion from the Afghanistan squad has left many questioning the selectors’ decision. Speculations are rife regarding the reasons behind this unexpected omission.

One of the main concerns raised by cricket enthusiasts is the lack of consistent opportunities for Naveen ul Haq to showcase his abilities in ODIs despite his impressive performances in T20 cricket.

While the omission of Naveen ul Haq comes as a disappointment to his fans. Naveen’s exclusion from the squad for the AFG vs SL 1st ODI will undoubtedly fuel discussions and as fans and experts alike hope that Naveen will be given opportunities in the future to prove his mettle and contribute to the national side once again. Cricket enthusiasts will eagerly watch to see how the Afghanistan team performs without the dynamic presence of Naveen ul Haq and how the selectors’ decision will impact the outcome of the match.

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Afghanistan Playing XI and Squad in 1st ODI

Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad Malik,

Bench: Ikram Alikhil, Abdul Rahman, Riaz Hassan

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