Ahead of the start of Asia Cup 2018, Afghanistan jolted with a setback. They lost the services of the young pacer, Wafadar Momand, who has been impressive in the recent past. However, Wafadar injured his back during the training.

The right-handed fast bowler sustained a back pain during the training period ahead of the Asia Cup 2018. He had a nerve depression in his back and was advised to take the rest for good six weeks to be back on track.

Wafadar Momand, Asia Cup 2018
Wafadar Momand ruled out of Asia Cup 2018 due to the back pain. Image Courtesy: Getty

Yamin Ahmadzai will replace Wafadar Momand in Asia Cup 2018 –

Meanwhile, Yamin Ahmadzai would replace Wafadar Momand for the tournament. He is already travelling with the team as a reserve player for the prestigious event. Yamin also had a successful stint with the team in the recent times.

Wafadar stole the limelight when he featured in Afghanistan’s historic Test match against India. He picked the wickets of Murali Vijay and Hardik Pandya during his impressive spell of fast bowling.

However, the loss of Wafadar is a big setback for the team, as he got the required goods to deliver for his country. Earlier, their premium fast bowler, Dawlat Zadran was also ruled out from the tournament.

Meanwhile, veteran fast bowler Dawlat Zadran, who sustained a knee injury ahead of Afghanistan’s T20I series against Bangladesh in June earlier this year, has been advised the period of further six weeks to complete his rehabilitation.

Coming to Afghanistan’s schedule, they will take on Sri Lanka in their first game on September 17th 2018. It will be followed by the match against Bangladesh on September 20th at Abu Dhabi.

Here is the updated squad:

Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmat Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad Kakar (wk), Sayed Ahmad Sherzad, Sharafudin Ashraf, Yamin Ahmadzai