Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has made a return to the ODI squad for the next three-game series against Bangladesh from February 23. The team will travel to Bangladesh for three ODI matches in February and two T20I matches to be played in March in Chattogram and Dhaka.
Afghanistan is scheduled to tour Bangladesh in February and March. The team will play three ODIs starting February 23 at Chattogram. The two teams will then face each other in two T20Is in March and the matches will be played in Dhaka. The Afghan team for T20Is and ODIs has been selected and Mohammad Nabi came back to the side. Nabi will lead the national team in the shortest format of the game.
There are several changes in the squad from the squad that played in the T20 World Cup last year. Asghar Afghan (retired), Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Shahzad, Hashmatullah, Hamid Hassan and Naveen ul Haq are the players who will miss the T20I series. Darwish Rasooli, Azmatullah Omarzai, Afsar Zazai, Qais Ahmad and Nijat Masood replace them in the T20I.
Osman Ghani and Sharafuddin Ashraf are left out of the ODI squad while Ibrahim Zadran and Nabi replaced them. Salim Safi and Qais Ahmed will serve as the squad’s traveling substitutes.
ACB President Mirwais Ashraf said they are focused on the T20I World Cup this year.
“The coaches have included some young faces in the ODI line-up which is a good sign for us as we head into the World Cup next year. All three ODIs are important for us and I’m sure that the team has enough strength to do well when they arrive on the pitch. We have an eye on the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup 2022 in Australia, so the T20I series is also vital in terms of overall preparation for the mega event,” he said in a statement.
Rashid Khan and Nabi compete in the Pakistan Super League and they will join the team ahead of the ODI series.
ODI Team: Hashmatullah Shahidi (C), Rahmat Shah (VC), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Gulbadin Naib, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhail, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan, Riaz Hassan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai.
T20I Team: Mohammad Nabi (C), Afsar Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Nijat Masood, Qais Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan , Sharafuddin Ashraf and Usman Ghani.
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