Afghanistan omitted experienced fast bowler Dawlat Zadran from their 17-member squad for the 2018 Asia Cup starting September 15 in the UAE.
Afghanistan omitted experienced fast bowler Dawlat Zadran from their 17-member squad for the 2018 Asia Cup starting September 15 in the UAE.

Afghanistan omitted experienced fast bowler Dawlat Zadran from their 17-member squad for the 2018 Asia Cup starting September 15 in the UAE. Chief selector Nawroz Mangal Mangal stated that the recent health reports indicate that Zadran, who has played 72 ODIs for Afghanistan, indicate that he still has not fully recovered and would continue to undergo treatment over the next few weeks.

18-year-old Wafadar Momand, who played Afghanistan’s inaugural Test match against India earlier this year, left-arm pacer Sayed Shirzad and opener Munir Ahmad are the three uncapped ODI players to find a place in the team led by Asghar Afghan.

23-year-old left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf has been recalled as back for the potent spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi.

Recently, Afghanistan beat Ireland in a three-match ODI series 2-1 with Rashid claiming the Man-of-the-series award for claiming eight wickets in the series. Rahmat Shah top-scored with 90 in three matches for Afghanistan.

Commenting on the squad composition, Chief Selector Nawroz Mangal said that young wicket-keeper batsman Munir Ahmad has been included in the squad after his impressive performance in domestic cricket including Ghazi Amanullah Khan One-Day Cup. He added: “We added Munir as a wicket-keeper batsman because he performed well in other national teams including U19 team, Emerging and Afghanistan A Team.”

Noticeable changes from the squad against Ireland in the recent ODI series include the recall of bowling all-rounder Sharafuddin Ashraf to the squad and exclusion of opening batsman Hazratullah Zazai. Mangal showed confidence that the team would continue to perform well beyond the Asia Cup and in the lead up to the 2019 ICC Cricket World.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma was named captain of India’s 16-member ODI team for the Asia Cup with the BCCI selectors deciding to give Virat Kohli time off to rest his worrisome back.

Sri Lanka recalled pacer Lasith Malinga and left-arm spinner Amila Aponso for the tournament.

While, The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) named Shakib Al Hasan  in their squad, weeks after the talismanic allrounder told reporters that he wanted to undergo surgery  on a worrisome finger.

Squad: Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmat Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad Kakar (wk), Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Sharafudin Ashraf, Wafadar

Asia Cup 2018 full schedule

Group Stage

15 September – Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka (Dubai)

16 September – Pakistan vs Qualifier (Dubai)

17 September – Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)

18 September – India vs Qualifier (Dubai)

19 September – India vs Pakistan (Dubai)

20 September – Bangladesh vs Afghanistan (Abu Dhabi)

Super Four

21 September – Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Dubai)

21 September – Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)

23 September – Group A Winner vs Group A Runner-up (Dubai)

23 September – Group B Winner vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)

25 September – Group A Winner vs Group B Winner (Dubai)

26 September – Group A Runner-up vs Group B Runner-up (Abu Dhabi)

Final

28 September – Asia Cup 2018 Final (Dubai)