Afghanistan to play T20Is against UAE for first time since 2017: Series is first step in our long-term commitment
Afghanistan will play a T20I series against UAE for the first time since 2017. The series would be the first step in the long-term commitment between the two sides.
Afghanistan will travel to UAE for a T20I series. (AP/PTI Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Afghanistan will travel to play a three-match T20I series against UAE for the first time since 2017 as the two sides take the first step toward their long-term commitment.
The T20I series will be held at Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Hub’s Zayed Cricket Stadium on February 16, 18, and 19.
The T20I series is part of the mutual cooperation agreement that was recently signed between Afghanistan and the Emirates Cricket Boards. Based on the agreement, Afghanistan will play a series of three T20I matches with the UAE on an annual basis.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board has selected a preliminary list of 23 players for the preparation camp in UAE. The squad will depart next week for the UAE, where the team will feature in a conditioning camp in Abu Dhabi to prepare for the series.
Afghanistan’s 23-member squad includes Rashid Khan (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Afsar Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Bilal Sami, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Gulbadin Naib, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Nangyal Kharoti, Naveen Ul Haq, Nijat Masoud, Noor Ahmad, Rahmat Shah, Sediqullah Atal, Shahidullah Kamal, Sharafuddin Ashraf, and Zahir Khan.
The final 15-17 member team that will be selected for the T20I series may also feature new players as part of the ACB’s long-term plans for future T20I events.
“We are honored to be part of this partnership and are pleased with the results of our recent talks and negotiations with the Emirates Cricket Board,” said Naseeb Khan, the CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board. “Playing this T20I series is the first step in our long-term commitment and we are looking forward to a continued relationship with ECB.
“Emirates Cricket are looking forward to welcoming players and staff from Afghanistan Cricket as we embark on this journey and collaboration with them.” Mubashshir Usmani, Emirates Cricket Board General Secretary said. “We anticipate three very competitive, highly entertaining T20I matches.”