Two teams who have had limited experience international cricket take each other on as Afghanistan face Ireland in what will be a one-off Test Match on Friday.
Afghanistan have booked their berth in the ICC World Cup 2019, and this will be the first time the country will be playing a tournament of this stature. They have been a decent side in the last few years, and also made their debut in Test Cricket just last year in 2018. The nation is still a side who is developing as it grows financially, and games such as their next fixture are the kind of challenges the team needs to face in order to garner much-needed experience in all formats of cricket.
Meanwhile, Ireland too have played just one game in Test Cricket, and are looking to get back on track when it comes to the country’s aspirations. The team shocked the world in ICC World Cup 2011 when they defeated England in that sensational game, but they have limited things since then. The roster does possess some good talent who can turn into stars if given proper nourishment and exposure, and that’s exactly what the management has done in the past year.
Venue – Doon Sports Club, Dehradun, India
Date & Time – 15th March | 10:00 AM IST
The Squads –
Afghanistan – Asghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah,Nasi Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi,Ikram Ali Khil, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Waqar Salamkheil, Sayed Shirzad, Zahir Khan.
Ireland – William Porterfield(c), Andrew Balbirnie, James Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker
Afghanistan – Mohammad Shahzad, Asghar Afghan, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ihsanullah Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai
Ireland – Stuart Poynter, William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Kevin O’Brien, G Dockrell, S Thompson, B Rankin, James Cameron-Dow, T Murtagh
Key Players –
Afghanistan – Asghar Afghan | Mohammad Nabi | Rashid Khan
Ireland – Paul Stirling | Andrew Balbernie | George Dockrell