Afghanistan return to the international arena once again as they will take on Zimbabwe in a two match Test series followed by a three match T20I series. The bilateral series will be played at a neutral venue in UAE.
The Test series commences from March 2 with both matches being held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Zimbabwe will be led by the all-rounder, Sean Williams whereas Afghanistan will be led by Asghar Afghan. The T20I series will commence from March 17, just three days after the conclusion of the Test series.
Afghanistan Test squad: Asghar Afghan (C), Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Nasir Jamal, Abdul Malik, Munir Ahmad Kakar, Shahidullah Kamal, Bahir Shah Mohboob, Rashid Khan, Amir Hamza, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Saleem Safi, Wafadar Momand, Zia Ur Rahman Akbar, Yamin Ahmadzai
Zimbabwe Test squad: Sean Williams (C), Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Kevin Kasuza, Wessely Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Brandon Mavuta, Tarisai Musakanda, Richmond Mutumbami, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Donald Tiripano
Afghanistan Team: To be Announced
Zimbabwe Team: To be Announced
It goes without saying that Rashid Khan will be the most important player for Afghanistan. The leg spinner has played four Test matches so far and has made an instant impact, picking up 23 wickets. The 22 year old will be more effective on the turning tracks in UAE, which will make him a lethal force to deal with.
Asghar Afghan, the skipper of the Afghanistan Test team is another vital player for the Asian side. Asghar’s knocks from the middle order will be crucial in guiding his team to a decent total on the tricky pitches in UAE.
Sikandar Raza, the Zimbabwe all-rounder is one of the senior members still remaining in the squad. He has played 15 Test matches so far, having scored 1037 runs and picking up 32 wickets. Raza is a reliable batsman and has a knack of picking wickets on a consistent basis.
Sean Williams, the captain of the Zimbabwe Test team is another important player for his side. The left-handed batsman can score big runs if he gets his eye in. Williams can deliver decent performances with the ball, having picked up 12 wickets in his 19 Test matches.