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Afghanistan announce 17-man squad for Asia Cup
Asia Cup 2018

Afghanistan announce 17-man squad for Asia Cup

Afghanistan have named three uncapped players for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Sayed Sherzad, Munir Ahmad and Wafadar are the three players in the squad to have never played ODIs before. Wafadar was a part of the playing XI for Afghanistan’s inaugural Test against India whereas Sherzad was only a part of that Test squad. Munir Ahmad is yet to represent Afghanistan in international cricket.

Wafadar, the 18-year-old fast bowler impressed in Afghanistan's maiden Test match earlier this year against India, and Shirzad, a 23-year-old left-arm pacer who has played three T20Is, have been called up to bolster the pace attack.

However, Afghanistan's strength will remain in their spin dominant attack – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are all part of the squad.

Ahmad, 22, has a good batting average across formats in domestic cricket – 49.86 in first-class matches and 48.42 in List A games – and he also doubles up as a back-up wicket-keeper for Mohammad Shahzad if needed.

Dawlat Zadran is the only omission from the side that won the One-Day International series in Ireland recently. Zadran did not feature in the playing XI in any of the three ODIs on the tour, where Afghanistan won the ODIs 2-1 to go with their 2-0 win in the T20Is.

Afghanistan begin their Asia Cup campaign with a match against Sri Lanka on 17 September.

Afghanistan squad:

Asghar Afghan (c), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmat Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shinwari, Munir Ahmad Kakar (wk), Sayed Ahmad Sherzad, Sharafudin Ashraf, Wafadar