Afghanistan June 1, 2010

Ahmadzai, Stanikzai omitted for Netherlands tour

The omissions of Raees Ahmadzai and Dawlat Stanikzai and a change of vice-captain are among the surprises in the Afghanistan squad announced this week for the tour of Netherlands in July.

The omissions of Raees Ahmadzai and Dawlat Stanikzai and a change of vice-captain are among the surprises in the Afghanistan squad announced this week for the tour of Netherlands in July.

Ahmadzai had recently announced a partial retirement but was still available for selection for limited-overs matches. Allrounder Mirwais Ashraf has replaced Mohammad Nabi as vice-captain for the tour which includes the ICC World Cricket League Division One tournament.

Former Under-19 players, Aftab Alam, wicketkeeper Murad Ali, and right-handed batsman Jawad Ahmed have been included in the squad at a time when some Afghanistan supporters had urged the team receive an infusion of youth to avoid a generation change.

Aftab, a medium-pacer, is a brother of national team players, Karim Sadiq, Hasti Gul Abid and former national team coach, Taj Malik. Alam played two one-day internationals against Canada in February. He is from Nangrarhar Province and plays for Kabul. He recently took six wickets in the ongoing Etisalat Interprovincial tournament.

Murad has played for Afghanistan U-19s for several years. From Faryab Province, he played one match for Afghanistan in the 2007 Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup.

Javed Ahmadi, a right-handed batsman, played in the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand in January. From Kundoz, he plays for Kabul in the Etisalat Interprovincial tournament.

Squad: Nowroz Mangal (Capt), Mirwais Ashraf (vice-capt),Noor Ali, Karim Sadiq, Mohammad Shahzad, Asghar Stanakzai, Mohammad Nabi, Shabir Noori, Murad Ali, Javed Ahmadi, Hameed Hassan, Shahpoor Zadran, Khalid Dad Noori, Aftab Alam, Samiullah Shenwari

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  • testli5504537 on June 9, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    We've seen such marvelous performances by our national-players but sticking with the same players for over and over again ain't a good idea. If we see other international teams, they normal do bring changes in their squad, thereby, I personally believe it is a good move towards providing the opportunity to other sort-of inexperienced cricket-players to get the international exposure and make themselves acquainted with the new methods used or acquired while playing an international match. I am pretty sure that our heroes will do their best to get good results in the upcoming matches too.

  • testli5504537 on June 2, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    I really thank to Both Ahmadzai Rais and Dawlat, I hope they will work for the cricket development as they are expert in coaching panel. we have to give more chance to the new guys, while I am not agree at all for Murad Ali selection only a wicket keeper don't we have Shahzad and Karim? Jawed Ahmad a right hand batsman is also not fully deserved the captain from laghman side Pamir Hussiani is a good all rounder in reserved Hamza hotak and Nasratullah are not enough good as we see Rokhan the left Arm spinner and left hand batsman in Kabul squad.

    Tony@ he is Dawlat Ahmadzai not Stanikzai


  • testli5504537 on June 2, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    so the changes ccoused afghanistan resignation of the whole team they dont want this team and as well captain nawrooz mangle said in a special interview with salam watandar radio that the selection committe didnt involved him in the selection and he dont want to play and captain this team in nederland he was also angry agaisnt the decision that nabi replaced by mirwais ashraf as vice captain,nawrooz said that the team inclided 3 wicket keeper as well that asgher stanikzai can do wicketkeeping if necessary and five to six fast bowlers and he the the selected u19 players cant stand for the bowling of indian bowler in 2010 u19 world cup how can they face ryan ten descotte,muddasir bukhari, trent jonsten and may more fast bowler, and rais said in a special interviwe with us that he had been promissed by the ACB in west indies to resign and he will get top post in ACB but now they denied and didnt consider him as player as well , so about 11 national plyers presented the resignation to ACB.

  • testli5504537 on June 1, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    This very bad , they didnt picked two experince who are familiary with the playing method of the teams , it is good to give change for youth but slowly slowly not to omit experince player i hope they reconsider their decision.

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