Afghanistan v Australia 2012 August 24, 2012

Mangal to lead Afghanistan against Australia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nawroz Mangal will lead Afghanistan against Australia in their one-off ODI in Sharjah on Saturday. Mangal, Afghanistan's regular captain, had missed their previous international assignment - the Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championship matches against Ireland in July.

Mohammad Nabi has been named vice-captain, ahead of Karim Sadiq who stood in for Mangal in the Ireland games. The squad includes batsman Javed Ahmadi, who had captained Afghanistan Under-19s at the ongoing World Cup in Australia.

The only player to miss out from the XI that played the World Cricket League Championship (the ICC's 50-overs competition for Associates) game against Ireland, is left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak.

The ODI against Australia will be Afghanistan's second against a Full Member, following the game against Pakistan, also in Sharjah, in February. Australia are in the UAE for a limited-overs series against Pakistan, and Cricket Australia said that they had agreed to play the match against Afghanistan in an effort to assist with their cricketing development.

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  • Dummy4 on August 25, 2012, 0:46 GMT

    What are all these Insallahs and Mashallahs? I dont see any By Jesus or By God? This is just a game people. Someone will win and another will lose and neither Allah or Jesus has nothing to do with it,

  • Lalith on August 24, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    I wish Afghan to win very well from a Lankan Aussie.

  • Ben on August 24, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    As an Aussie fan 2nd and a cricket fan 1st, i really hope the Afghan team plays well. Inshallah indeed! All the best for this game and the cricketing future!! As much as i would hate team AUS to lose, part of me would be very happy as well.

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    Good luck to the Afghan side.

  • Azooz on August 24, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Afghan Players are the Real Champs & Hamid Hassan we miss u damn Badly :( Go Afghanz towards Glory. Bst of luck.

  • Manesh on August 24, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    All the best Afgan. Nabi is a good player to watch out.

  • Tanmay on August 24, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    all the best to boys in from India !

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Best of Luck Brothers, Inshallah One Day Afghanistan Will Rise On The International Arena as A Superb Cricket Nation... May GOD Succeed You Amin. Where is Hamid Hassan?

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    it's a big game lets pray for afghan team to win this match but one thing we don't have hamid Hassan ..... its ok but we have Dawlat Zadran ..... i don't think Shapoor ball well because he is giving a lots of runs and no wicket my squad is Nawroz M,Mohammad N,Mohammad S,Karim S,Javid A,Najibullah Z,Samiullah S,Noor Ali Z,Dawlat Z,Shapoor Z,these guys should play tomorrow thanks :)

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    inshallah afghanistan will do the best against austrlia as their spin bowling is good .

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