Kabul, August 27, 2023: Afghanistan Cricket Board’s Selection Committee today named a 17-member National squad for the ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2023, which will be played from August 30 to September 17 in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Mohammad Saleem Safi and Abdul Rahman, two fast bowlers, who were part of Afghanistan’s recent home ODI series against Pakistan, have retained their spots in the lineup, but Fareed Ahmad and Wafadar Momand have been left out of the squad for the ACC Men's Asia Cup in 2023.
Azmatullah Omarzai, a seam-bowling All-rounder, has been ruled out of the competition due to a side strain. Gulbadin Naib and Karim Janat have been added to the team to serve as backup all-rounders in the team. Sharafuddin Ashraf, a left-arm spin bowling all-rounder, has also been included to the team as a reserve spinner.
Najibullah Zadran, who missed the recently concluded Pakistan Series due to a knee injury has been included in the lineup and is expected to recover from the injury prior to the start of the event. Shahidullah Kamal, who had replaced him in the series, has been left out of the Asia Cup squad.
Afghanistan Squad for the ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2023: Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Ikram Alikhil (WK), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Abdul Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Noor Ahmad, Mohammad Saleem Safi and Fazal Haq Farooqi.
ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2023 Schedule:
September 3 – Match 4: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Lahore, Pakistan
September 5 - Match 6: Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, Lahore, Pakistan
September 6 – 15: Super Four Stage, Pakistan – Sri Lanka
September 17 – Final, RPS, Colombo, Sri Lanka