ACB names squad for Intercontinental Cup match against PNG
Keeping in view the importance of the upcoming event, the selection committee chose the squad after evaluating the performance and fitness of players, ACB spokesman Farid Hotak said.
ACB Chairman Nasimullah Danish said the national side was fully prepared for the four-day encounter, which is scheduled to commence at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium from November 21.
The team includes Shabir Noori, Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Shahzad Mohammadi, Asghar Stanikzai, Mohammad Nabi Issakhel, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shinwari, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Daulat Zadran, Yameen Ahmadzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan and Nawaz Khan.
Former skipper Nawroz Mangal, who did not perform well in recent matches, has been excluded from the line-up -- an omission that cricket expert Zarab Shah Zaheer frowned upon.
Shah hailed Mangal as a seasoned cricketer, with ample experience in playing four-day matches. He asked the board not to be moved by social media commentaries on picking the national team.
The rain-hit Intercontinental Cup match between Afghanistan and Scotland had ended in a draw, The Scots won 14 points because of their better performance while the Afghans had to be content with seven points.
The side that wins the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 round-robin league will play the bottom-ranked Test team on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings in the ICC Test Challenge in 2018.
The tournament features Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Hong Kong, PNG, the Netherlands and Namibia.
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