The fans who were waiting eagerly for the face-off between Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq in the upcoming Asia Cup 2023 were left heartbroken on Sunday as the right-arm quick didn’t find a place in Afghanistan’s 17-man squad for the tournament.
It has to be noted that Naveen-ul-Haq hasn’t represented the Afghanistan team in the ODI format for more than 2 years. He has played only 7 ODIs for Afghanistan, picking up 14 wickets at an average of 25.42.
The Kohli vs. Naveen face-off in IPL 2023:
Virat Kohli and Naveen had an ugly verbal squad during the IPL 2023 game between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium. The drama continued even after the game came to an end, with LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir intervening to sort the matter but only to get in a verbal spat with Kohli. In the aftermath of the incident, all three of them were imposed with heavy fines. The fans were waiting for the Virat vs. Naveen face-off once again, but the Afghan bowler has been ignored for the Asia Cup squad.
Naveen-ul-Haq Shared A Cryptic Post After Getting Dropped:
Meanwhile, a day after getting dropped from the Afghanistan squad for the Asia Cup 2023, Naveen-ul-Haq took to his social media and shared a cryptic post. While Naveen has been playing franchise cricket across the world but seems like getting dropped from the Asia Cup squad has left him disappointed. He wrote:
“No matter how well your eyes adjust to darkness, you’ll never mistake it for light.” ⏳
Check out the Instagram post:
Talking about the Afghanistan squad, apart from Naveen-ul-Haq, Shahidullah Kamal and Wafadar Momand are others who will be missing from Afghanistan’s squad. Afghanistan’s squad will be featuring a strong spin attack with the likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammed Nabi, Noor Ahmed, and Mujeeb ur Rahman. Talking about the pace attack, Fazalhaq Farooqi will be leading the pacers line-up along with former skipper Gulbadin Naib as well as Janat, Abdul Rahman, and Mohammad Saleem.
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Alikhil, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Abdul Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Noor Ahmad, Suliman Safi, Fazalhaq Farooqi