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Friday February 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) In latest news, Afghanistan Cricket Board unveiled the team’s squads for full-fledged series against Ireland, which is scheduled to kick off in India later this month. There is a lot of cricket to be played between these 2 teams as both are ready for one heck of a blast. The series involves 3 T20Is, 5 ODIs and 1 Test. It will start on February 21 and will come to a close on 19th March with all the matches to be organised in Dehradun itself. Afghan cricket officials were of the opinion that the upcoming series will be crucial for Afghan players as they are geared up for the World Cup which will start in May. For your information, Afghanistan and Ireland became full members of the ICC in 2017. The nations already spiced it up in their debut Tests and the next Test will be their second.
Afghanistan Team Squads
T20 Squad:
Asghar Afghan (skipper), Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Hazratullah Zazai, Samihullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Farid Ahmad Malik, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Ziaur Rahman Sharifi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan, Sharafudin Ashraf
ODI Squad:
Asghar Afghan (skipper), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Javid Ahmadi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Alikhail, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Dawlat Zadran, Zahir Khan, Farid Ahmad Malik, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad
Test Squad:
Asghar Afghan (skipper), Shahzad Mohammadi, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Alikhail, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sharafudin Ashraf, Waqar Salamkhail
Fixtures
21 February – 1st T20I
23 February – 2nd T20I
24 February – 3rd T20I
28 February – 1st ODI
2 March – 2nd ODI
5 March – 3rd ODI
8 March – 4th ODI
10 March – 5th ODI
15–19 March – Test Match
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Friday February 1, 2019 Kabul (BNA) Rashid Khan has made his country proud with some prolific performances on the international circuit. Alongside the premier Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rehman have also done well. With Afghanistan set to participate in the World Cup, Rashid Khan said people back home love the sport and it means a lot to them. The leg-spinner also said cricket can bring smile on the faces of the people in his country. "It feels good. People back home, they love cricket," Rashid Khan told icc-cricket.com. "It means a lot that Afghanistan is participating in the World Cup. "(The fans) are loving it. They love the sport, they love cricket. (We players) just try and give 100% in each and every competition. Everywhere, we try our best to give something to the people back home. I know what is happening, so there is nothing else that can," Rashid added. The World Cup 2019 will get underway from May 30 in England and Wales. Afghanistan will be largely depending on Rashid's heroics during cricket's marquee tournament. All-rounder Nabi and young spinner Mujeeb's performances will also be crucial for Afghanistan. Rashid also said that he along with duo always try to give their best in every match and the World Cup will be a good experience for their side. "We - me, (Mohammad) Nabi, Mujeeb (Ur Rehman) - we just try and give our best in each and every game. The World Cup will be good experience. Can't wait for it," Rashid said. Afghanistan will begin their World Cup campaign on June 1 against Australia at the County Ground in Bristol. Sports.ndtv Ansari

Friday February 1, 2019 Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan is all pumped up ahead of their first Test fixture against Australia which is scheduled for next year. The bowler admitted that being the newest Test-playing nation, it is “more than a dream” for Afghanistan to play Test cricket against Australia in Australia. The 20-year-old said that they have played a lot of T20 cricket here but playing Test matches on “big bouncy wickets” would be an entirely different experience. “From Afghanistan, playing Test cricket against Australia in Australia it's more than a dream. Afghanistan got the full membership and last we played against India in India and now we're playing against Ireland in India and then Australia here,” Cricket.com.au quoted Rashid, as saying. “Being a player, it means a lot. Against Australia, playing Test matches is a huge achievement and me and the players are really looking forward (to it). We played here (in T20 games) a lot but … Test cricket is very different. Pretty excited to face the quick bowlers here, big bouncy wickets,” he added. Giving an instance of recently concluded India-Australia Test series, the right-arm bowler said that the wickets here are “very tough” to bat on and that he is hoping to not get a bouncy track like Perth. “As we have seen against India, I think wickets are very tough here to bat on, especially in the Test cricket. I hope that we don't play in Perth, we play somewhere else on a good wicket to make some runs and a little bit good for the spinner as well,” Rashid said. He added that the key against Australia would be to control their nerves during the pressure situation “Pretty excited about it so let's see how it goes. We have the talent, we have the skills but to control our nerves in the pressure situation that will be the key.” Afghanistan were granted full ICC membership June 2017 after which they played their first Test against India, 12 months later in Bengaluru. Next, Afghanistan will be playing a one-off Test against Ireland from March 15 to 19 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun. After that, they will take up the Zimbabwe challenge in August, Bangladesh in October, West Indies in November-December and then Ireland again in March 2020. The team will face Australia in the Test format after the conclusion of 2020 T20I World Cup which will be hosted by Australia from October 18 to November 15. Newindianexpress Ansari

Monday January 28, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghan investigators have completed domestic probe over allegations of abuse in women’s football team and are set to travel to Europe for further probe, a spokesman for the country’s attorney general said Sunday.
The investigation began after senior figures linked to the Afghan women’s team had alleged in November that some players had been sexually and physically abused by Afghanistan Football Federation officials. Five officials including AFF president Keramuddin Karim were suspended by Afghan authorities with world soccer governing body FIFA imposing a 90-day ban on Karim. Jamshed Rasooli, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, said on Sunday that the suspension on AFF’s deputy, Mohammad Yousuf Kargar, had been lifted. He said that the probe team had completed its domestic investigation and was set to travel to several European countries for face-to-face interview with entities and individuals. The official said that the team had contacted alleged victims and Hummel, a sportswear company which ended sponsorship of Afghan football federation following abuse claims.
 

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