Afghanistan win toss, elect to bat against Pakistan in one-off ODI match

Nowroz Mangal will lead Afghanistan in their first ever ODI match against a Test playing nation Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sharjah: Feb 10, 2012

Afghanistan captian Nowroz Mangal won the toss and chose to bat against Pakistan in their one-off ODI match in Sharjah on Friday.

Afghanistan are all set to play their first ever ODI against a Test playing nation and although they have nothing to lose they sure do have a lot to prove. This side will obviously look at the match as a huge learning experience, but at the same time it would also be a good opportunity for Afghanistan to show the world what they are worth.

The last time Afghanistan played on a world platform was in the 2010 ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

Teams:

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Asad Shafiq, Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan

Afghanistan: Nowroz Mangal(c), Dawlat Zadran, Gulbodin Naib, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad(w), Noor Ali Zadran, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran

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