The first game of the two-match Test series between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe will begin on Tuesday (2nd March) while Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi) will host this Test match.
This upcoming Test match will be the first-ever meeting in Test cricket between these two teams. Meanwhile, it will be their first international cricket meeting since September 2019.
The newest Test team, Afghanistan, are ready to play their fifth Test, their first Test since November 2019. In their first four Tests, Afghanistan won twice and lost twice. However, it is going to be Afghanistan’s first-ever Test series comprising more than one match.
Asghar Afghan is ready to lead the Afghanistan Test team again, who led their first two Tests. They have a good number of new faces for this Test series as they have the uncapped players of Abdul Malik, Munir Ahmad Kakar, Shahidullah Kamal, Bahir Shah Mohboob, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Saleem Safi and Zia Ur Rahman Akbar. Most of them are at young ages.
They also have the uncapped Test player Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, who has played 2 ODIs and 4 T20Is. Three-Test experienced Hashmatullah Shahidi has also returned to the Test squad, who missed out on their previous Test squad against West Indies in India.
Afghanistan’s previous Test captain Rashid Khan is doubtful for the opening game of this Test series due to his finger injury, which he received during his recent stint in the PSL 2021.
Asghar Afghan (C), Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Nasir Jamal, Abdul Malik, Munir Ahmad Kakar, Shahidullah Kamal, Bahir Shah Mohboob, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Saleem Safi, Wafadar Momand, Zia Ur Rahman Akbar, Yamin Ahmadzai
Zimbabwe are ready to play their first international match in this calendar year which will be also their first Test match since February 2020. Since 2014, they have won only one Test, which was against Bangladesh at Sylhet in November 2018.
Sean Williams has already led the Zimbabwe team in two Tests during the last year and the forthcoming match will be his third Test as a captain. Wesley Madhevere and Richard Ngarava are the two uncapped Test players in their latest Test squad.
Sean Williams (C), Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Kevin Kasuza, Wessely Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Brandon Mavuta, Tarisai Musakanda, Richmond Mutumbami, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Donald Tiripano
It will be the first-ever Test meeting between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. While Zimbabwe are struggling in international cricket for a long time, Afghanistan have once again impressed in their early period of Test cricket.
While both teams are desperate to achieve success in this Test series, Afghanistan are the favourite in this Test series opener.
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