Afghanistan fast bowler Wafadar Momand, who was part of their inaugural Test match against India in Bengaluru earlier this year had been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup in UAE starting Sept 15.
Afghanistan fast bowler Wafadar Momand, who was part of their inaugural Test match against India in Bengaluru earlier this year had been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup in UAE starting Sept 15.

Afghanistan fast bowler Wafadar Momand, who was part of their inaugural Test match against India in Bengaluru earlier this year had been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup in UAE starting Sept 15.

The 18-year-old, who has six T20Is for Afghanistan taking five wicket, injured his back during a training session and has been advised a rest of six weeks.

“He has been advised rest for six weeks by doctors after an MRI scan showed a nerve depression in his back. Following this, his treatment will resume and his return to the team decided accordingly,” a ACB (Afghanistan Cricket Board) statement said.

Wafadar will be replaced by fast bowler Yamin Ahmadzai who was already in the squad as a reserve player.

Earlier, Afghanistan announced their 17-member squad omitting experienced bowler fast bowler Dawlat Zadran. Zadran, who sustained a knee injury ahead of Afghanistan’s T20I series against Bangladesh in June earlier this year, has been advised period of further six weeks to complete his rehabilitation.

Left-arm pacer Sayed Shirzad and opener Munir Ahmad are the two uncapped players in ODIs to find a place in the team led by Asghar Afghan. 23-year-old left-arm spinner Sharafuddin Ashraf has been recalled as back up for the potent spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi.

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, Yamin Ahmadzai

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)

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)

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)