The selection committee today announced Afghanistan’s squads for the T20I and ODI series against Ireland in August.
Chief Selector, Nawroz Mangal said: “We have selected young and talented squad for both formats. The series against Ireland will be important for national team’s preparation for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. He added that the matches against Ireland will help players familiarize with the conditions in Ireland and England.
Mangal emphasized that youngsters have been given the opportunity to represent Afghanistan on the international stage in the upcoming series. Players like explosive opening batsman Hazratullah Zazai, fast bowlers Wafadar Momand and Sayed Sherzad are good examples. Veteran All-rounder Mirwais Ashraf makes a comeback to the side after nearly two and half years.
Noor Ali Zadran, Shapoor Zadran and veteran fast bowler Hamid Hassan who are currently under treatment, were not considered for selection due to injuries.
Haji Wali Amin, member of the selection committee who accompanied Mangal in the press conference added: “Our focus is mainly on preparing a strong and competent team for next year’s World Cup in England.” He added that the selection committee has also considered giving chance to top performing players from domestic cricket who will be gradually added to the national sides in form of A team and the Emerging U-23 side.
Asghar Stanikzai (C), Mohammad Shahzad (WK), Usman Ghani, Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Najibullah Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Mirwas Ashraf, Aftab Alam and Fareed Malik.
Asghar Stanikzai (C), Mohammad Shahzad (WK), Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shinwari, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Aftab Alam, Sayed Ahmad Sherzad, Dawlat Zadran and Wafadar Momand.
The series against Ireland is scheduled to take place from 20thAugust to 31 August 2018 and will be hosted by Ireland.
1st T20I 20 August 2018 Bready Cricket Cllub, Northern Ireland
2nd T20I 22 August 2018 Bready Cricket Cllub, Northern Ireland
3rd T20I 24 August 2018 Bready Cricket Cllub, Northern Ireland
1st ODI 27 August 2018 Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
2nd ODI 29 August 2018 Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast
3rd ODI 31 August 2018 Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast