Afghanistan Squad For Asia Cup 2022

Updated - 23 Aug 2022, 01:02 PM

Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe
Afghanistan vs Zimbabwe (Image Credits: Twitter)

Mohammed Nabi will lead a 17-member Afghanistan side that has been named for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022 edition. The tournament will be played in UAE after it was moved out of Sri Lanka for its economic and political crisis. The Afghan side is placed in group A alongside Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. They play the first game of the campaign against Sri Lanka on August 27.

Afghanistan recently played against Zimbabwe and Ireland. While they won the ODI and T20I series against Zimbabwe in June, they lost the five-match T20I series against Ireland. They played in the last edition of the Asia Cup and made a group stage exit. 

Afghanistan vs Ireland
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Samiullah Shinwari has replaced Sharafuddin Ashraf in the Afghanistan squad from the Ireland T20I Series, who is now part of the event’s reserve players, along with Qais Ahmad and Nijat Masoud. Noor Ahmad, the left-arm wrist spinner who was substituted by Mujeeb Ur Rahman for the Ireland series, has also been called up.

“The Asia Cup is an important event for us and, as such, we have picked our best available players for the event. Samiullah Shinwari has been added to the side for the Asia Cup. He is in very good form and can give further impetus to the batting department, which already boasts Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi.

Shinwari has not played any international match since March 2020, but he has done well in the recently held Shpageeza Cricket League 2022 and demonstrated that he is a good option to strengthen our middle order”, Chief selector Noor Malikzai said.

Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi
Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi. Image: ACB

Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman form the core of this Afghanistan aide. The likes of Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Naveen ul Haq are the young players to watch out for in this Asia Cup for them. They can look to make an upset in this campaign. 

Afghanistan Squad For Asia Cup 2022

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

Reserves: Nijat Masoud, Qais Ahmad, and Sharafuddin Ashraf 

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