Afghanistan announces squad for Sri Lanka T20I series | Cricket News

Feb 12, 2024

New Delhi: The Afghanistan Cricket Board on Monday announced a 16-member squad for the upcoming three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka, with the focus being on the upcoming preparations. t20 world cup,
ibrahim zadran Will continue to lead the team in the absence of the regular T20I captain Rashid KhanWho is in the process of recovering from back surgery.
The T20 series is scheduled to take place in Dambulla, with matches taking place on February 17, 19 and 21, immediately after the conclusion of the ODI series on Wednesday.
Rashid was sorely missed as Afghanistan lost the only Test and three-match ODI series against hosts Sri Lanka 2–0.
Afghanistan's chief selector Ahmed Shah Suleimankhil said the Twenty20 World Cup is the target.
“We have a close eye on the upcoming T20 World Cup for which we want to create a very good mix of both junior and senior players,” Suleimankhil was quoted as saying in an Afghanistan Cricket Board release.
“This series, along with the three T20 matches against Ireland in March, is a good opportunity for us to test our bench strength and finalize a good squad for the mega event.”
The Twenty20 World Cup will be held in the United States and West Indies in June this year.
Another key spinner, Mujeeb Ur Rahman has also been ruled out of the squad due to a sprain in his right hand ahead of the start of the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Fast bowler Mohammad Salim Safi, who was part of the Afghanistan squad for the India tour last month, has been ruled out with a muscle strain and has been replaced by loyalist Momand.
Team: Ibrahim Zadran (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Ishaq Rahimi, Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Umarzai, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fazalhaq Farooqui, Farid Ahmed, Naveen-ul-Haq, Noor Ahmed. , Wafadar Momand, Qais Ahmed
(With inputs from AFP)

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