Afghanistan in Zimbabwe 2014 July 11, 2014

Stanikzai returns for Zimbabwe tour

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Batsmen Asghar Stanikzai and Gulbadin Naib, who last played an ODI in March 2013, have been named in Afghanistan's ODI squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe.

Mohammad Nabi will captain a 16-man squad that includes three changes from the side which clinched the ACC Premier League title in May. Wicketkeeper Shafiqullah has also fended away competition from Mohammad Shahzad to retain his place in the ODI squad.

Amir Hamza and Afsar Zazai lost their place, while Mohammad Mujtaba and Najeeb Tarakai have been included in the squad for the four-day matches along with several uncapped players such as Qasim Khan, Fazal Niazai, Yamin Ahmedzai, Abdullah Adil and Fareed Ahmed.

Stanikzai, who has played 43 international matches, was Afghanistan's leading run-scorer in the recently-concluded Asia Cup, making 162 from four innings, including an unbeaten 90 in the team's historic win against Bangladesh. Though Shafiqullah did not play in the Asia Cup, he made his mark in the World T20, hitting an unbeaten 51 in the team's only victory of the tournament, against Hong Kong, and ended as their top scorer.

Afghanistan ODI squad: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Aftab Alam, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Hashmatullah Shaidi, Javed Ahmadi, Mirwais Ashraf, Nasir Jamal, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah (wk), Shapoor Zadran, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Usman Ghani

Four-day squad: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Abdullah Adil, Fareed Ahmad, Fazal Niazai, Karim Sadiq, Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Mujtaba, Mohibullah Oryakhel, Najeeb Tarakai, Najibullah Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Qasim Khan (wk), Rahmat Shah, Shabir Noori, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Yamin Ahmadzai

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 17, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    pak time start the game

  • POSTED BY Azooz-Afgfan on | July 13, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Noor Ali is a class! Now we have a solid opening Usman Ghani and Noor Ali are terrific openers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Soha... its good shehzaad is out and replaced by shafiqullah is good batsman and he is in good form . his wicketkeeping is also better than shehzad .

  • POSTED BY A.Tahiri on | July 12, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Best of luck afghan cricket team.

  • POSTED BY Arif.Dost on | July 12, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    so good squad for Zimbabwe inshah alllah afghan team will have some achievement in this tour inshah allah Arif Dost

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    good luck afghanistan cricket team love you all heros

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Very good selection I hope to com back our tiger with excellent achievement.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Babo g@ zim87: No , the matches won't be telecast because Zimbabwe don't want to telecast the matches. There is no reason that why ACB excluded Ahmad Shehzad from the team.

  • POSTED BY zim87 on | July 11, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Will these games be televised, anyone???

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Afghanistan team will get a lot of experience from this tour. l feel Afg team would give tough time to Zim.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 17, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    pak time start the game

  • POSTED BY Azooz-Afgfan on | July 13, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Noor Ali is a class! Now we have a solid opening Usman Ghani and Noor Ali are terrific openers.

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Soha... its good shehzaad is out and replaced by shafiqullah is good batsman and he is in good form . his wicketkeeping is also better than shehzad .

  • POSTED BY A.Tahiri on | July 12, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Best of luck afghan cricket team.

  • POSTED BY Arif.Dost on | July 12, 2014, 15:36 GMT

    so good squad for Zimbabwe inshah alllah afghan team will have some achievement in this tour inshah allah Arif Dost

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    good luck afghanistan cricket team love you all heros

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Very good selection I hope to com back our tiger with excellent achievement.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Babo g@ zim87: No , the matches won't be telecast because Zimbabwe don't want to telecast the matches. There is no reason that why ACB excluded Ahmad Shehzad from the team.

  • POSTED BY zim87 on | July 11, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Will these games be televised, anyone???

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Afghanistan team will get a lot of experience from this tour. l feel Afg team would give tough time to Zim.

  • POSTED BY sohanpandey578 on | July 11, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Mohammad Shahzad should have been in the team. No point of dropping him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    mashallah such a good team and i hope in future afghanistan will get more international matches for prepare to world cup and all full member should help the team of like afghanistan which is going to more ahead like full member countries...

  • POSTED BY G_R_Nikmal on | July 11, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Go AFGHAN tigers. This is the good chance to play for 2015 WC.

  • POSTED BY Shifaullah on | July 11, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Go Tiggers, the pray of more than 30 million people are with you guys, hope to come back with good performance and achievements. Shifaullah Daanish

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    In a last couple of tournaments the selection community gets mature selection, this team full of talented youngsters and some experienced players as well, before the big event (World Cup) need to check these young guns to get ready for the mega event, i have big hope from these youngsters specially like our Sangakara (Hashmatullah Shahidi) the blasting player Usman Ghani and Mujtaba the future opening pairs for the national team.

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  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    In a last couple of tournaments the selection community gets mature selection, this team full of talented youngsters and some experienced players as well, before the big event (World Cup) need to check these young guns to get ready for the mega event, i have big hope from these youngsters specially like our Sangakara (Hashmatullah Shahidi) the blasting player Usman Ghani and Mujtaba the future opening pairs for the national team.

  • POSTED BY Shifaullah on | July 11, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    Go Tiggers, the pray of more than 30 million people are with you guys, hope to come back with good performance and achievements. Shifaullah Daanish

  • POSTED BY G_R_Nikmal on | July 11, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    Go AFGHAN tigers. This is the good chance to play for 2015 WC.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    mashallah such a good team and i hope in future afghanistan will get more international matches for prepare to world cup and all full member should help the team of like afghanistan which is going to more ahead like full member countries...

  • POSTED BY sohanpandey578 on | July 11, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Mohammad Shahzad should have been in the team. No point of dropping him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 11, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Afghanistan team will get a lot of experience from this tour. l feel Afg team would give tough time to Zim.

  • POSTED BY zim87 on | July 11, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Will these games be televised, anyone???

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Babo g@ zim87: No , the matches won't be telecast because Zimbabwe don't want to telecast the matches. There is no reason that why ACB excluded Ahmad Shehzad from the team.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 5:05 GMT

    Very good selection I hope to com back our tiger with excellent achievement.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    good luck afghanistan cricket team love you all heros