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The 18-year-old, Nawaz Khan, whose recent performances include five-wickets haul and four-wickets haul in successive matches for Mis Ainak Region in Afghanistan’s Regional Four-Day Tournament, has been selected in the Afghanistan squad for One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 (T20Is) series against Zimbabwe to be played in Sharjah from December 25. Asghar Stanikzai will be the skipper for the team, while the team includes three wicketkeepers – Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiqullah and Karim Sadiq. Former Indian seamer, Manoj Prabhakar, has been appointed as the bowling coach for the team, while Pakistan’s former Test skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq is presently the chief coach of the team. He extended his coach tenure until 2017. ALSO READ: India willing to extend a helping hand to Afghanistan cricket, says BCCI secretary

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which says that Afghanistan will train and play all their home matches in India. Afghanistan earlier played in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 for the very first time and won their first match ever in history. At ICC World Twenty20 (T20) 2016, Afghanistan will have to play against Hong Kong, Scotland and Zimbabwe, which also includes Bangladesh, who have grown a strong side. ALSO READ: Afghanistan Team appoints Manoj Prabhakar as the bowling coach

The squad for Afghanistan for Zimbabwe series is:

Afghanistan squad: Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Mohammad Nabi, Nawroz Mangal, Mirwais Ashraf, Samiullah Shenwari, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Shafiqullah, Usman Ghani, Yamin Ahmadzai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Rashid Khan, Rokhan Barakzai, Amir Hamza, Sayed Shirzad, Karim Sadiq, Nawaz Khan.