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Afghanistan, Ireland expect hotly-contested series

Afghanistan, Ireland expect hotly-contested series

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghanistaninfo-icon and Ireland expect a tough six-match series, including tree Twenty20s and as many one-day internationals.

The T20 series is scheduled to begin at Bready on August 20, with a three-match ODI series starting at Stormont in Belfast on August 27.

Ahead of next week’s contest, Afghanistan’s head coach Phil Simmons told the BBC he looked forward to a hotly-contested series.

He was quoted as saying: "There have been some terrific tussles between the sides over the past decade and I expect the upcoming matches to be no different.”

Simmons spoke of Afghanistan’s success in the T20 format in recent years and their rise above Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to eighth in the current ICC rankings.

He specially praised Rashid Khan, the number one ranked T20I bowler, and Mohammed Nabi the number one all-rounder. At the same time, he also hailed Mujeeb a a good find.

The coach said: "The six matches include three ODIs and will give the squad vital exposure to UK conditions ahead of next year's Worldinfo-icon Cup and forms a crucial part of our preparations."

His Irish counterpart Graham Ford also expects a keenly-played series. The two sides had played four ODIs last year, with the outcomes being two-apiece, he recalled.

"I expect our lads to have a little extra added incentive given the last clash was the effective World Cup Qualifier final which we did not play to our best on the day.

"While that is behind us now, we will be looking to bounce back and show what we can do in front of the home fans," Ford remarked.

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