AFG vs IRE: Afghanistan announces 16 member squad for Ireland T20I series

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AFG vs IRE: Afghanistan announces 16 member squad for Ireland T20I series

AFG vs IRE: Afghanistan on Monday announced a 16-member squad for the five-match T20I series in Ireland. Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, and Naveen-ul-Haq all made a cut to the announced T20I squad. Meanwhile, Spinners Qais Ahmad and Mujeeb ur Rahman who missed the T20I series against Zimbabwe In June due to their commitments in the Vitality T20 Blast have been added to the squad as reserves. On the other hand, Ihsanullah Janat, who made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe, has been left out of the squad.

Opening batter Ibrahim was also a part of the ODI team for the Zimbabwe tour, but his last T20I came back in November 2019 against West Indies. He has been in a good form in the ongoing Shpageeza Cricket League, where he is currently the third highest run-getter with 283 runs in seven innings at an average of 56.60.

Top-order batter Shahidi who was also a part of the ODI series against Zimbabwe and last played a T20I in March 2021 also made a cut into the Ireland T20I squad. Meanwhile, Fast bowler Naveen, who has not represented Afghanistan in any format since November last year was the second highest wicket-taker in the T20 Blast this season, scaling 24 wickets in 14 matches for Leicestershire.

Top order batter Usman Ghani & pacer Nijat Masood, who were a part of the side that played against Zimbabwe will also travel to Ireland as reserves along with Qais & Mujeeb. The squad will also feature Noor Ahmad, a 17-year old left arm-spinner who scalped 4 wickets for 10 runs on his T20I debut against Zimbabwe in June. Mohammad Nabi will lead the T20I squad while Former Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib has been excluded from the squad after missing the ODI series against Bangladesh in February. He was omitted from the T20I series of that tour and has not represented Afghanistan since then.

Afghanistan will play five-match T20I series against Ireland starting in Belfast on August 9. To avoid any issues in the issuance of visas that Afghanistan has been facing lately, the ACB obtained UAE residency visas for nearly a dozen players and officials.

AFG vs IRE: Afghanistan squad

Mohammad Nabi (capt), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Karim Janat, Azmatullah Omarzai, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Farid Ahmed Malik, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmed.

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