20 probables named for Asia Cup, T20 Cup
Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak told Pajhwok Afghan News the probables had been picked by the board’s selection committee keeping in view their ability and form.
He said the preliminary squad would leave for Sari Lanka tomorrow (Thursday) to attend a month-long training camp there. Indian and Sari Lankan coaches would be available to train the Afghans in all departments of the game, he said.
Hotak said the final 15-member squad for the two mega events would be named after the end of the training camp.
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has decided that Bangladesh would host the Asia Cup as scheduled in Feb-March and the ICC World Twenty-20, despite a political turmoil in the country.
Hotak said Afghanistan had been given an opportunity to compete with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the tournament, taking the number of matches to eleven.
For Afghanistan, the Asia Cup would be great exposure before the T20 World Cup and the 2015 World Cup.
Squad: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Mohammad Shehzad (vice captain), Nawroz Mangal, Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai, Javed Ahmadi, Karim Sadiq, Mohibullah Oryakhel, Samiullah Shinwari, Gulbadin Naib, Mirwais Ashraf, Najibullah Zadran, Najib Tarakai, Hamid Hassan, Shahpur Zadran, Daulat Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Izzatullah Daulatzai, Aftab Alam, Hamza Hotak and Rehmat Shah Zurmati.
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