Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) introduced a robust squad for the upcoming ODI sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka on Sunday, February 4. The star bowler Rashid Khan stays out as he fails to get better from his again surgical procedure however this can be a return for the all-rounder Gulbadin Naib within the 15-member squad.
Rashid hasn’t performed any aggressive cricket since his again surgical procedure after the conclusion of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. Nevertheless, he was named within the T20I squad for the India sequence final month however was later eliminated. Rashid was reportedly tipped to make his return to motion in the course of the upcoming white-ball sequence in opposition to Sri Lanka however the participant stays unavailable.
Qais Ahmad, the 23-year-old legspinner, is a part of the staff having made his solely ODI look two years in the past. The skilled tempo all-rounder Naib can also be making his return to ODIs after 4 months having final performed within the Asia Cup 2023.
In the meantime, there’s a maiden name for the 18-year-old pacer Naveed Zadran. The proper-arm pacer took 4 wickets on his Take a look at debut within the ongoing Take a look at match in opposition to Afghanistan in Colombo and is now favorite to exchange retired pacer Naveen-ul-Haq.
“We’ve got persistently striven to safe extra bilateral cricket matches and create a busy schedule for our nationwide groups,” ACB CEO Naseeb Khan stated. “This marks our third go to to Sri Lanka up to now 16 months, which is a promising signal transferring ahead. The selectors have chosen a robust line-up and we eagerly anticipate an thrilling sequence forward.”
Afghanistan ODI Squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ikram Alikhil (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Qais Ahmad, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveed Zadran, Farid Ahmad.
Reserves: Sharafuddin Ashraf, Shahidullah, Abdul Rahman, Bilal Sami.
Pallekele Worldwide Cricket Stadium will host all three ODIs beginning on February 9 after which each groups will conclude the sequence with three T20Is at Rangiri Dambulla Worldwide Stadium.