Hamid Hassan is one of the 15 players who have been named in the Afghanistan squad to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Hamid Hassan, who made his one-day international debut on 19-Apr-09, had played 32 ODI matches until the 2019 World Cup. In the 17 innings he batted in, he had scored a total of 92 runs, having faced 171 balls, at an average of 7.08 and a strike rate of 53.8. He was unbeaten in 4 of those innings. His highest score in an innings was 17. He had 0 centuries and 0 half-centuries to his name. In the bowling department, Hamid Hassan had bowled 1518 balls and taken 56 wickets while conceding a total of 1153 runs. He had an average of 20.59 and an economy rate of 4.56 His best ODI bowling performance was 5/1.
Hamid Hassan is a right-arm fast bowler who represents Afghanistan in international cricket. He has also appeared in first-class cricket for Pakistan Customs in Pakistan, Marylebone Cricket Club in England and Band-e-Amir Region in Afghanistan.
At 20 years of age, Hassan became the first Afghanistani to play cricket at Lord’s. He played for the Marylebone Cricket Club in a match against a European XI in June 2007.
Hassan was part of Afghanistan’s squad for the 2008 ICC World Cricket League Division Five in Jersey, which was the start of the qualification process for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.
Hassan was then an instrumental part of Afghanistan’s team for division three, taking three wickets in matches against both Papua New Guinea and Cayman Islands. Afghanistan won the tournament and qualified for the World Cup Qualifier, returning to Afghanistan expecting a large crowd to receive them in Kabul.
Hassan was in Afghanistan’s squad for the 2009 Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which was the first time Afghanistan had participated in the event. Hassan surprised opposition teams in the tournament with his skill and pace.
Afghanistan progressed from the group stage of the tournament to the Super Eights. Opening the bowling against Ireland, Hassan took five wickets. His bowling performance was enough to give Afghanistan a 22-run win, causing a massive upset over the team who went on to win the tournament.
Afghanistan lost to Canada and their chances of qualifying for the World Cup were virtually over. Though they didn’t qualify for the World Cup, Afghanistan did achieve official One Day International status for the next four years.
Hassan was a crucial part of the Afghanistan team in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier as their specialist death bowler. He took wickets throughout the tournament and played an important role in Afghanistan’s wins over Scotland, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Afghanistan won the tournament and qualified for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, and Hassan himself took 12 wickets throughout the tournament at a bowling average of just 11.14.
At the World Twenty20, Hassan was a standout both with the ball and, unusually, with the bat.
Following the 2011 Cricket World Cup, which Afghanistan did not qualify for, Hassan played with Afghanistan in both the 2011–13 ICC Intercontinental Cup and the 2011–13 ICC World Cricket League Championship.
Hassan was injured in 2012 and the knee injury kept him out of international cricket until he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, where due to fitness concerns he was still unable to play any matches.
Hassan returned to good bowling form in the latter half of 2013, with impressive bowling performances in limited overs cricket against Namibia and Kenya as Afghanistan secured qualification for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Hassan was named in Afghanistan's squad for both the 2014 Asia Cup and the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, but his knee injury continued to cause problems and he missed more matches
Hassan again returned from injury in December 2014 for an ODI series against the UAE, and he took 5 for 45 in the fourth match of the series. He was included in Afghanistan’s squad for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Hassan opened the bowling in Afghanistan's opening match against Bangladesh, bowling Afghanistan's first ever ball in a World Cup match. Afghanistan lost by 105 runs. Hassan's bowling was fast and precise against Sri Lanka. Hassan took three wickets in total and Hassan gained international notoriety after this match.
Afghanistan's match against Scotland was their only match against a fellow associate team for the World Cup, Afghanistan won their maiden World Cup match.
Hassan played Afghanistan's first three matches in the 2015 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, taking six wickets across the three matches, but missed Afghanistan's subsequent two matches, both of which were losses. He returned to the side for a win against Papua New Guinea, which put Afghanistan into the 2016 ICC World Twenty20. Due to a thigh injury, Hassan was not able to represent Afghanistan again until the World Twenty20 itself, missing all matches between the two tournaments. He was ineffective at the World Twenty20, only playing four of Afghanistan's seven matches and taking three wickets.
Hassan was last selected to play for the national team in a T20I series against Zimbabwe in February 2018, but he again got injured in the team's training camp in Sharjah and was advised to rest. He last played an international match for his national team in July 2016. In April 2019, he was named in Afghanistan's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) named him as one of the five surprise picks for the tournament