Afghanistan Men’s team has introduced considerable changes in the ODI squad ahead of the Afghanistan vs Pakistan upcoming three-match series ODI series. Afghanistan is set to play their first bilateral ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE in September.
The team has handed maiden call-ups to as many as five players. Sediq Atal, Shahidullah Kamal, Noor Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Abdul Rahman are all the maiden call-up players in the 17-member ODI squad. Middle-order batsman Sediq Atal, who has not played a single List A game, has played seven T20s for Kabul Eagles and scored 114 runs. Kamal, on the other hand, has 898 runs in List A games and has appeared in one Test match for the team. Wrist-spinner Noor Ahmad has made appearances in the Big Bash League and the Pakistan Super League.
Left-arm fast bowler Farooqi is a promising bowler, who has impressed all with his performance in the Under-19 World Cup in 2020. He ended the campaign with five wickets under his belt.
The ODI squad will also see the comeback of Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, and Ikram Alikhal. All three players were sidelined from the series against Ireland.
Those who have missed out on the series include former Test captain Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Javed Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Yamin Ahmadzai, and Sayed Shirzad. Afghan had led the team in their most recent ODI series win against Ireland in the UAE. They won the series 3-0. Naib, Ahmadzai, and Shirzad were part of the series-winning team.
Hashmattulah Shahidi will be making his captaincy debut. He was appointed for the role in May earlier this year. He recently replaced Afghan as the Test skipper.
Rashid Khan will be back for spearheading the spin bowling attack along with ally with Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Afghanistan and Pakistan have competed previously in two Asia Cups and the 2019 World Cup. Additionally, they have also squared-off in a one-off ODI in the UAE in 2012, which Pakistan won by seven wickets.
Afghanistan currently has 30 points in the World Cup Super league table after whitewashing Ireland.
Afghanistan vs Pakistan: Afghanistan squad
Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Sediq Atal, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najib Zadran, Ikram Alikhal, Shahid Kamal, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Azmat Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Abdul Rahman, Naveen Ul Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi and Noor Ahmad
Included: Ibrahim Zadran, Sediqullah Atal, Ikram Alikhil, Shahidullah Kamal, Karim Janat, Abdul Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Noor Ahmad
Excluded: Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Javed Ahmadi, Sayed Shirzad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Usman Ghani, Yamin Ahmadzai
Reserves: Yousuf Zazai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Saleem Safi, Qais Ahmad
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