Afghanistan in Zimbabwe 2014 July 11, 2014

Stanikzai returns for Zimbabwe tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Android on July 17, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    pak time start the game

  • Azooz 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.

  • Dummy4 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 .

  • Aziz on July 12, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Best of luck afghan cricket team.

  • Mohammad 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

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    good luck afghanistan cricket team love you all heros

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2014, 5:05 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • freeman on July 11, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    Will these games be televised, anyone???

  • Android 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.

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