Afghanistan has revealed its strong team for the forthcoming three-match One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka, which is scheduled to begin on February 9 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
An intriguing combination of skills is created by the selected team, which includes both established athletes and up-and-coming talent. Leading the team is the seasoned Hashmatullah Shahidi, with the dependable Rahmat Shah serving as vice captain. This well-planned lineup is evident.
Both Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ikram Alikhil, who are renowned for their quickness behind the stumps, will split the wicketkeeping responsibilities. As Azmatullah Omarzai and Riaz Hassan add flair to the mix, Ibrahim Zadran and other players provide steadiness to the batting lineup.
The ever-dependable Mohammad Nabi and the vivacious Gulbadin Naib strengthen the middle order by providing the ideal ratio of energy to experience. Rashid Khan is not present in the spin department, so Qais Ahmad, Noor Ahmad, and veteran Mujeeb Ur Rahman may demonstrate their wrist-spinning skills.
Farid Ahmad Malik, Naveed Zadran, and Fazalhaq Farooqi are the three fast bowlers that promise to scorch Sri Lankan pitches. Afghanistan’s bowling assault will always be a formidable force with this blend of youth and experience.
Mohammad Saleem Safi’s hamstring injury will keep him out of the ODIs and from playing any more in the current Test match, where he recently made his red-ball cricket debut. This is a blow for the team. The selectors’ faith in Naveed Zadran’s ability is evident, as he made his Test debut in the current match against Sri Lanka and has since secured a position in the ODI squad.
Afghanistan ODI squad:
Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Qais Ahmad, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Naveed Zadran, and Farid Ahmad Malik. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK) and Ikram Alikhil (WL).
Shahidullah Kamal, Bilal Sami, Abdul Rahman Rahmani, and Shafuddin Ashraf are the reserve players.
With games set for February 9, 11, and 14, all of which will take place at the gorgeous Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, fans can mark their calendars for an exciting series. Afghanistan is sure to put on a strong show as fans eagerly anticipate seeing these battles, hoping to make a lasting mark on Sri Lankan soil.