Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmed are the only afghan players than will feature in the newest English Cricket League “The Hundred” 2022.
English cricket’s newest tournament returns for its second season with the opening match of the men’s tournament live later on Wednesday on BBC Two from 19:00 BST.
More big name international stars are in town this year with many of England’s best players also set to go head-to-head once again.
The Hundred has been dealt a blow by the withdrawal of two of England’s biggest names – Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.
The pair, who would have been available for a handful of games at the start, have pulled out to rest before an international Test series against South Africa starts on 17 August.
England’s other Test players, like Root and Welsh Fire’s Ollie Pope, could play before joining up with the squad before the first South Africa Test.
The tournament remains controversial, with critics questioning its relevance and impact on the traditional formats of cricket.
That said, around 85% of tickets have already been sold with a significant number of those going to women and Under 16s.
As with last year, the top finisher in the group stage progresses directly to the final on Saturday, 3 September at Lord’s.
The teams who finish second and third will meet in the eliminators on 2 September for the chance to join them.
Eighteen matches will be shown live on BBC TV and iPlayer – 10 men’s and eight women’s, including both finals – while every match will also be live on BBC radio.
The Hundred is not only about the cricket – there will be live music at all 34 games through a collaboration between the tournament and BBC Music Introducing, with Brit Award winners Bastille performing at the final.
List of Afghanistan Cricketers in Hundred Cricket 2022
- Rashid Khan (Trent Rockets)
- Noor Ahmed (Welsh Fire)