Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Three Match ODI Series
For the series against Sri Lanka, the Afghanistan selectors have included some young players
The (ACB) Afghanistan Cricket Board revealed an 18-person roster on Saturday, November 19, for the forthcoming One Day International series against Sri Lanka.
Three One-Day International (ODI) matches will be played between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. All the games will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. The series is set to start on November 25. A noteworthy fact is that the three-match ODI series is also a part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League.
New Face to the Afghanistan side
Noor Ahmed, a wrist spinner who has never played in an ODI, is part of the Afghanistan team. Despite the fact that Noor Ahmed, 18, has yet to play in an ODI, he has already been well-known around the world for his T20 franchise league performances. Gulbadin Naib, a senior all-rounder, has rejoined the T20 World Cup team after recovering from an injury.
As anticipated, Hashmatullah Shahidi is in charge of the group. Along with Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, and Rahmat Shah, will serve as the pivot of the top-order batting.
The team also includes Mohammad Nabi, who recently resigned as the T20 skipper following Afghanistan’s dismal World Cup campaign in Australia in which they failed to win a single match and in the bowling unit, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are well-known names.
ACB Comments on the Squad Selection
Naseeb Khan, CEO of the ACB, in a press release, said that “The selectors have included some young faces for the series. Which is a good sign for us leading into the ICC Cricket World Cup next year. The series is vital for us in terms of our qualification for the mega event next year. I am sure the squad carries enough strength to do well when they get to the field.”
Schedule for the ODI series
1st ODI: Nov 25, in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
2nd ODI: Nov 27, in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
3rd ODI: Nov 30, in Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
Afghanistan ODI Squad for Sri Lanka Tour
Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Rahmat Shah (VC), Rehmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Azmatullah Umarzai, Fareed Ahmed, Fazlahaq Farooqui, Gulbadin Naib, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhil (WK), Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Riyaz Hasan, Shaheedullah Kamal, Yameen Ahmedzai, and Zia-ur-Rehman.