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No Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman As Afghanistan Announce Squad For SL T20Is

image-lskc8chbRashid Khan (X.com)

The Afghanistan team management has announced the squad for the upcoming three match T20I series against Sri Lanka. Afghanistan have visited Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series followed by the short format series from 17 February 2024. 

Afghanistan have shown confidence in Ibrahim Zadran, who has shown a good track record as the skipper for the team, as the squad has flourished under his leadership. The squad is struck with multiple injuries as their captain and ace spin bowler Rashid Khan continues his time in the rehab while recovering from a back injury. 

The team’s key player Mujeeb Ur Rahman and youngster Mohammad Saleem Safi will also miss the series due to a phalanx and hamstring injury respectively. While announcing the squad, the team management highlighted that they are looking forward to building a strong T20 team ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024

Afghanistan will next participate in the T20I series against Ireland in March, after the conclusion of Afghanistan’s tour of Sri Lanka. 

Afghanistan’s Team Management on upcoming T20 World Cup Squad 

While announcing the squad, Afghanistan team’s chief selector Ahmad Shah Sulimankhil said,

 “We have a close sight on the upcoming T20 World Cup for which we want to prepare a very good mix of players consisting of both juniors and seniors. This series alongside the three T20Is against Ireland in March is a good opportunity for us to test our bench strength and finalize a good squad for the mega event.” 

Afghanistan’s squad for T20I series against Sri Lanka 

Ibrahim Zadran (C), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Mohammad Ishaq Rahimi (WK), Hazratullah Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Azmatullah Omarzai, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Fareed Ahmad, Naveen Ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Wafadar Momand and Qais Ahmad.