Shapoor Zadran back in Afghan squad for Ireland T20Is
Left-arm pacer Shapoor Zadran has got a recall from the national team as Afghanistan announced their squad for the three-match T20I series against Ireland in March this year.
While Zadran played his last T20I in June 2018, his last appearance for the national team came in March 2019.
The 15-man squad also sees the inclusion of 19-year-old all-rounder Azmatullah Omarzai, regarded as a bright prospect. He averages 49.66 with the bat and 20.43 with the ball in first-class cricket.
Usman Ghani is back in the squad as well. The opening batsman was not included in Afghanistan’s series against West Indies in October 2019.
Talking about the squad, chief selector Andy Moles said: “We have selected the current best T20 players and hopefully will do better against Ireland.”
The series will be played in India from March 6. Greater Noida Sports Complex Ground in Greater Noida is the venue for the whole series, as this has been the home side of the Afghan team for some time now.
Earlier, there was supposed to be a one-off Test match as well on the itinerary, but it was dropped due to financial constraints of the Ireland cricket board.
The last time these two sides faced off in a T20I series, Afghanistan clean swept Ireland 3-0 in Dehradun.
Full Squad: Asghar Afghan (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, Karim Janat, Najib Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan, Naveen ul Haq, Shapoor Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Qais Ahmad, Azmatullah Omarzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Usman Ghani.