Ibrahim, Shahidi, Naveen back in Afghanistan T20I squad for Ireland series

Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Naveen-ul-Haq have been named in Afghanistan’s 16-member squad for the five-match T20I sequence in Eire. Spinners Qais Ahmad and Mujeeb ur Rahman, who weren’t a part of Afghanistan’s sequence towards Zimbabwe in June as a result of T20 Blast commitments, have been added as reserves, whereas Ihsanullah Janat, who made his T20I debut towards Zimbabwe, has been omitted.
Opening batter Ibrahim was a part of the ODI aspect for the Zimbabwe tour, however his final T20I was in November 2019 towards West Indies. He has been in good kind within the ongoing Shpageeza Cricket League, the place he’s presently the third highest run-getter with 283 runs in seven innings at a mean of 56.60. Prime-order batter Shahidi was additionally a part of the ODI sequence towards Zimbabwe and final performed a T20I in March 2021. Quick bowler Naveen, who has not represented Afghanistan in any format since November final 12 months, was the second highest wicket-taker within the T20 Blast this season, taking 24 wickets in 14 matches for Leicestershire.

Prime-order batter Usman Ghani and seam bowler Nijat Masood, who have been a part of the aspect that performed towards Zimbabwe, will even journey to Eire as reserves together with Qais and Mujeeb.

Mohammad Nabi continues to steer the aspect, which additionally consists of 17-year-old left-arm spinner Noor Ahmad, who took 4 for 10 on his T20I debut towards Zimbabwe in June.

Former Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib was omitted of the squad as soon as once more, after being dropped following the ODI sequence towards Bangladesh in February. He was omitted from the T20I sequence of that tour and has not represented Afghanistan since.

The sequence towards Eire includes 5 T20Is in Belfast and begins on August 9. To keep away from visa points which have plagued Afghanistan of late, the Afghanistan Cricket Board had obtained UAE residency visas for almost dozen gamers and officers.

Afghanistan squad: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Darwish Rasooli, Najibullah Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Karim Janat, Azmatullah Omarzai, Sharfuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Farid Ahmed Malik, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmed

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