The first ODI of the three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland will be played on Thursday (21st January) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium (Abu Dhabi).
This ODI series will be a part of the 2020–23 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. While Afghanistan will start their journey in the 2020–23 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League with this ODI, Ireland will play their second ODI series in this competition.
Afghanistan vs Ireland 2021, 1st ODI: Complete Squads
Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (C), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rahmat Shah, Naveen ul haq, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan (vc), Yamin Ahmadzai, Usman Ghani, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Javed Ahmadi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf.
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young, Shane Getkate.
Afghanistan vs Ireland 2021, 1st ODI: Fantasy Cricket Tips
It will be Afghanistan’s first international match since March 2020. However, recently, some of their cricketers experienced top T20 leagues. Some of these crucial names are Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran etc.
Ahead of this crucial upcoming ODI series, Afghanistan and Ireland played an unofficial One-day match on 16th January at Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan won that match by 23 runs. While Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hashmatullah Shahidi and Najibullah Zadran scored half-centuries in that game, Sayed Shirzad and Sharafuddin Ashraf took three wickets each.
Ireland recently played the ODI series against the hosts UAE in this ongoing tour. Paul Stirling scored a century and Andrew Balbirnie scored a half-century in the first game. Curtis Campher also played some crucial all-round roles in that first game, but UAE ultimately beat them.
However, in the last ODI, when Irish batsmen were struggling, Harry Tector and wicket-keeper batsman Lorcan Tucker showed some strong character to control the innings and later Curtis Campher and Simi Singh scored crcuial half-centuries. Then Player of the Match Simi Singh secured their 112 runs victory by claiming his maiden ODI five-wicket haul. Campher won the Player of the Series award at the end of that series.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Paul Stirling, Rashid Khan
Vice-captain – Mohammad Nabi, Curtis Campher, Simi Singh
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Lorcan Tucker
Batsmen – Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling (C)
All-rounder(s) – Mohammad Nabi (vc)
Bowlers – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, Barry McCarthy
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batsmen – Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Andrew Balbirnie, Paul Stirling
All-rounder(s) – Mohammad Nabi, Curtis Campher (vc), Simi Singh
Bowlers – Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan (C), Craig Young