Asia Cup: Mohammad Nabi to lead Afghanistan

It is expected that the pitches in UAE will help the spinners. Apart from star spinner Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rehman, left-arm spinner Noor Ahmed has been recalled.

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Kabul, First Published Aug 16, 2022, 5:54 PM IST

Kabul: The 17-member Afghanistan squad for the Asia Cup Cricket, which starts in the UAE from August 27, has been announced. Senior player Muhammad Nabi is the hero. Najeebullah Sardran is the vice-captain of the team.

The main change is the return of Samiullah Shenwari to the squad for the series against Ireland, replacing Sharafuddin Ashraf. Shenwari, who has not played international cricket since 2020, was in scintillating form in the recent Shpagiza Cricket League.

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It is expected that the pitches in UAE will help the spinners. Apart from star spinner Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rehman, left-arm spinner Noor Ahmed has been recalled. Gulbadin Naib, who played in the last T20 World Cup, is the most prominent among the omitted players. Apart from the 17-member squad, Afghanistan has also announced three reserve players. Nijat Masood, Quais Ahmed and Sharafuddin Ashraf are the three reserve players.

The Asia Cup tournament will begin on 27th with the match between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Afghanistan will also face Bangladesh on the 30th. A tough fight is expected as only two teams from the group will qualify for the Super Four. Currently playing in the five-match T20I series against Ireland, Afghanistan are trailing 0-2 after losing the first two games.

‘He, like de Villiers, faces any challenge with determination,’ Ponting hailed Surya.

Afghanistan Squad for Asia Cup: Mohammad Nabi (C), Najibullah Zadran (VC), Afsar Zazai (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Rashid Khan and Samiullah Shinwari.

Last Updated Aug 16, 2022, 5:54 PM IST

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