Afghanistan name squad for Asia Cup qualifier, T20
KABUL (Pajhwok): The cricket board on Tuesday announced a 19-man squad excluding Nawroz Mangal for the five-nation Asia Cup Twenty20 Qualifiers and the main event in Bangladesh.
In the inaugural five-nation event between teams from Asia scheduled to start on Feb 19, one qualifier will join the four fancied teams --- hosts Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka --- in the main round.
The qualifying round, which begins from February 19-22 in Fatullah, will feature Afghanistan, UAE, Hong Kong and Oman and the Asia Cup is being staged from February 24-March 6.
Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Nasimullah Danish told Pajhwok Afghan News the selection committee was independent in selecting players after evaluating their overall performances.
He hoped the national side would play well in both the events and would achieve more successes with the help of prayers from fans at home.
ACB chief executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai said the selection committee had picked players who had performed well and extraordinary in recent national and international events.
He said the cricket board had paved the ground for the national players to play practice matches at home and abroad in the lead up to the tournaments in Bangladesh and the side was currently busy practicing in India.
The side for the qualifier round is: Mohammad Shehzad, Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Osman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi Issakhel, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Rashid Arman, Hamza Hotak, Dawlat Zadran, Shahpur Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran and Yemin Ahmadzai.
Mirwais Ashraf, Rokhan Barakzai and Najib Tarakai are selected as reserved players.
The side for Asia Cup T20 is: Mohammad Shehzad, Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Osman Ghani, Mohammad Nabi Issakhel, Karim Sadiq, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Rashid Arman, Hamza Hotak, Dawlat Zadran, Shahpur Zadran, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran and Hamid Hassan.
The standby players include Mirwais Ashraf, Rokhan Barakzai, Najib Tarakai and Yemin Ahmadzai.
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