Afghanistan have announced a 17-man squad for the ODI series against Pakistan, scheduled to commence in September. The venue for the three-match ODI series is still not confirmed but according to details, Sri Lanka is the most likely venue for the series.
The neighboring countries will face each other for the first time in a bilateral series, having played against each other in ICC tournaments before.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have faced each other four times in ODIs, with Pakistan winning all four matches, including a thrilling 3-wicket victory at Headingley in the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Afghanistan’s left-handed batsman, Hashmatullah Shahidi has been tasked to lead the side in the historic tour, with all-rounder, Rahmat Shah announced as the vice-captain of the side.
The 17-man squad includes the likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Noor Ahmad, and Najeebullah Zadran. Surprisingly, veteran middle-order batsman, Ashgar Afghan has been left out of the squad.
Here is Afghanistan’s full squad:
|Hashmatullah Shahidi (c)||Rahmat Shah (vc)||Abdul Rahman||Azmat Omarzai||Fazalhaq Farooqi||Ibrahim Zadran|
|Ikram Alikhil||Karim Janat||Mohammad Nabi||Mujeeb-ur-Rahman||Najeebullah Zadran||Naveen-ul-Haq|
|Noor Ahmad||Rahmanullah Gurbaz||Rashid Khan||Sediqullah Atal||Shahid Kamal|
Qais Ahmed, Saleem Safi, Sharafuddin Ashraf, and Yousuf Zazai have been included as the reserves for the historic tour.