Afghanistan news January 7, 2018

Shahzad back in Afghanistan squad for Zimbabwe series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Mohammad Shahzad is back in Afghanistan's ODI and T20I squads for their series against Zimbabwe in the UAE in February. The wicketkeeper-batsman's retrospective one-year doping ban ends on January 17.

The allrounder Samiullah Shenwari is also back in both squads, having been rested during Afghanistan's ODI series against Ireland in December. Among the fast bowlers, Hamid Hassan, who last played an international match in July 2016, has made a comeback to the T20I squad, while Dawlat Zadran is part of the ODI squad but has missed out on T20I selection.

The series against Zimbabwe will be the newly appointed head coach Phil Simmons' first in charge of Afghanistan.

ODI squad: Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Dawlat Zadran, Shapoor Zadran. Reserves: Noor Ali Zadran, Karim Janat, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Afsar Zazai.

T20I squad: Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Usman Ghani, Karim Sadiq, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah, Samiullah Shenwari, Aftab Alam, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran.