PAK vs AFG ODI Series Squads, Schedule, Streaming and Details
Updated on: Aug 7, 2023 1:22 pm IST
Afghanistan has announced a formidable 18-member squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Pakistan, to be held in Sri Lanka. The squad features the return of Noor Ahmad, who is set to play a crucial role as Afghanistan fine-tunes its final combination ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023 in India later this year.
AFG Squad for PAK vs AFG ODI Series
Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ikram Alikhil, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Mohammad Saleem Safi, Wafadar Momand
While Noor Ahmad’s inclusion is a positive sign for Afghanistan, left-arm spinner Zia Ur Rahman Akbar, who recently made his ODI debut against Bangladesh, has missed out on a spot in the squad. Additionally, uncapped leg-spinner Izharulhaq Naveed, who was part of the Test squad, has also been left out.
However, fast bowlers Mohammad Saleem Safi and Wafadar Momand, who were part of Afghanistan’s recent ODI tour to Bangladesh, have successfully retained their spots in the squad. ACB Chief Selector Asadullah Khan emphasized that the team’s primary focus is to prepare for the upcoming Asia Cup and the World Cup in 2023. The three-match ODI series against Pakistan provides an excellent opportunity for the team to fine-tune their strategies and combinations ahead of these significant events.
The preparations for the series against Pakistan are in full swing, with the players showcasing promising performances in the Kabul Camp, supervised by ACB’s HPC staff. Before the series, the team will undergo a week-long conditioning camp to further hone their skills and fitness.
Afghanistan’s ODI squad includes a strong lineup led by Hashmatullah Shahidi as captain. The squad boasts talented players like Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ikram Alikhil, Rahmat Shah, and the seasoned Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan. The bowling department is well-represented by Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, and the returning Noor Ahmad.
PAK vs AFG Schedule
The schedule for Pakistan’s ODI series against Afghanistan is as follows:
22 Aug: First ODI in Hambantota
24 Aug: Second ODI in Hambantota
26 Aug: Third ODI in Colombo
With both teams gearing up for this exciting ODI series, cricket fans can expect a thrilling contest between Afghanistan and Pakistan in Sri Lanka. The series will serve as a crucial preparation for Afghanistan as they aim to showcase their best performances in the upcoming Asia Cup and the highly anticipated World Cup in 2023.
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