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Afghanistan recall Shapoor Zadran for Ireland T20Is

06 Feb 2020 CricBuzz

Shapoor Zadran, the veteran Afghanistan left-arm pacer, has been recalled to the national side for the upcoming three-match T20I series against Ireland, the ACB selection committee announced on Thursday (February 6). Zadran's most recent appearance in international cricket was in a 50-over game against Ireland in Dehradun in March last year. He hasn't featured in a T20I since June 2018.

23-year-old opening batsman Usman Ghani, who wasn't picked for the West Indies series late last year, has been recalled to the 15-man squad as well. The selectors have also picked uncapped 19-year-old allrounder Azmatullah Omarzai in the squad. Omarzai has made a dream start to his first-class career averaging close to 50 with the bat while averaging just 20 with the ball.

19-year-old spin sensation Qais Ahmad, who recently had a stint in the BBL for Hobart Hurricanes, finds a spot as well having played only a solitary Test match for Afghanistan so far.

The three matches will be played on the 6th, 8th and the 10th of March at the Greater Noida Ground in India. The last time these two sides faced off in a T20I series, Afghanistan beat Ireland 3-0 in Dehradun.

Squad: Asghar Afghan (C), 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.

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