The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced a 15-man squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Zimbabwe which will be played in Abu Dhabi. The first match of the series will be played on March 17.
However, the ACB has reported that five other members of the team will be added to the squad after their visa issues are resolved and hence their selection is still pending as of now.
Afghanistan Draws Level In The Test Series Despite Zimbabwe Fightback
Afghanistan won the second Test against Zimbabwe, despite much valor shown by Sean Williams and his men after they were asked to follow-on. Williams played a captain’s knock of 151* while Donald Tiripano made 95 as Zimbabwe made 365 runs setting Afghanistan 108 to win.
However, Rahmat Shah’s 59 was enough for Afghans to win the match by 6 wickets. Before this, Hashmatullah Shahidi became the country’s first double-centurion, while Asghar Afghan made 164 as Afghanistan made 545/5d. Zimbabwe replied with 287, as Rashid Khan picked 4/138 and then came back to bowl a marathon spell of 62.5 overs in the second innings, to pick 137/7, bowling a total of over 99 overs in the match, the most by a bowler in 21st century in a Test.
Hashmatullah Shahidi was named the Player of the Match, while Sean Williams was given the Player of the Series award. Williams made 2 centuries and a total of 264 runs, including 105 and 2 wickets in Zimbabwe’s win in the first Test match.
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Gulbadin Naib And Mujeeb Ur Rahman Amongst Players With Visa Yet To Be Issued
Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Hamid Hassan, Waqar Salamkheil, and Azmatullah Omarzai are the five players who will remain in the pending selection list provided that their visa issue is resolved on time. The 15-man squad sees Asghar Afghan captaining the likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, while Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Afsar Zazai are the two designated wicketkeepers in the team.
Here is the Afghanistan 15-man squad for 3 T20Is against Zimbabwe:
Asghar Afghan (C), Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Afsar Zazai (WK), Usman Ghani, Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najib Zadran, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Amir Hamza Hotak, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Naveen Ul Haq and Farid Malik.
Afghanistan T20I squad announced albeit visa issues for Some Players
ACB selection department has announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming Abu Dhabi Sunshine T20I Series against Zimbabwe in UAE.
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