After the completion of the most-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL), now it is the time for cricketers to pull up their socks to play the longer version of the game. The newbies in Test format, Afghanistan are set to take on India in their first-ever Test match under the stamp of International Cricket Council, which begins on June 14th in Bengaluru.
In the latest development, they have announced squad for the historic Test match.
Dawlat Zadran ruled out:
There regular skipper, Asghar Stanikzai is set to lead the team in the longer version of the game as well. Afghanistan announced 16-member squad in which Dawlat Zadran was unfortunate to miss out.
Zadran carried their fast bowling department over the years but going to miss the crucial and historic clash due to the knee injury.
The batting department will be heavily dependent on the skipper and the Mr consistent, Rahmat Shah.
Javed Ahmadi and Nasir Jamal have been brilliant in the shorter format of the game, and it would be interesting to see how Afghanistan batsmen will counter the specialist bowlers of India. Afghanistan would consider themselves lucky, as they have got the luxury of all-rounders.
The bowling section will heavily rely on spinners. Afghanistan got two mystery spinners in their ranks in the form of Mujeeb Zadran and Rashid Khan while Zahir Khan is the other lefty who is expected to trouble the Indian batsmen on a beautiful M Chinnaswamy wicket.
Afghanistan not only announced squad for the Test match but also announced the team for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh which is to be played on 3rd, 5th and 7th of June.
Here are the squads:
Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Hamza Hotak, Syed Shirzad, Mohammad Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar Momand, Mujeeb Zadran
Mohammad Shahzad, Najib Tarakai, Usman Ghani, Asghar Stanikzai (c), Mujeeb Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Darwish Rasooli, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbaddin Naib, Karim Janat, Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Aftab Alam