Mohammad Shahzad and Hamid Hassan back in Afghanistan squad

The selection committee announced Afghanistan’s squads in a press conference for the two T20Is and five ODIs against Zimbabwe in February at Sharjah, UAE.

This follows the completion of a 16-day camp in Nangarhar in which 26 players took part and pled five selection matches amongst themselves.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad, who will be eligible to play for Afghanistan after his one-year ban expires on 16th January, has been included in both T20I and ODI squad. ACB chief selector, Nawroz Mangal expressed confidence that Shahzad is ready to represent Afghanistan again. He said that “Shahzad is passionate and eager to play again for Afghanistan and we hope that he will be at his best in this series.”

Fast bowler, Hamid Hassan, who has been in and out of the national sides due to his knee injury, also makes a comeback in the T20I squad.

Afghanistan is scheduled to play two T20Is and five ODIs against Zimbabwe from 5th – 19th February 2018 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE. This will be Afghanistan’s second series after obtaining the Full Membership of ICC in June 2017. The series will be important for both sides as they prepare for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers in March this year.

ODI Squad:

Asghar Stanikzai (Captain), Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Nasir Jamal, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Ihsanullah Janat & Sharafuddin Ashraf

Reserve Players: Noor Ali Zadran, Karim Janat, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad & Afsar Zazai

T20I Squad

Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mohammad Shahzad, Usman Ghani, Karim Sadiq, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Samiullah Shinwari, Aftab Alam, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran.