The Afghan national cricket team will take part in a two week training camp and play some friendlies in London.
Afghan Team In London Ahead Of Ireland Series
Afghanistan national cricket team headed for London on Saturday where they will take part in friendly matches and training camps ahead of their T20 and ODI series against Ireland.
The team is expected to take part in a two-week training camp and two friendly matches before their Irish tour.
Afghanistan will play three T20 matches against Ireland and three One Day Internationals (ODIs). The series starts on August 20 and wraps up on August 31.
“The reason we sent our team early is so our team becomes familiar with the climate of the host country, so they can do well in the matches against the Irish team,” said Farid Hotak the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) spokesman.
The ACB on Wednesday announced the list of players for three T20s and three ODI matches against Ireland.
Two newcomers, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad and Hazratullah Zazai, have also been selected.
The cricketers to play in the ODI series are as follows: Mohammad Shahzad, Mohammad Jawed Ahmadi, Ehsanullah Jannat, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Nabi Isakhail, Gulbuddin Nayeb, Rashid Khan, Mujib Zadran, Aftab Alam, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Dawlat Zadran and Wafadar Mohmand.
The players for the three T20 matches against Ireland are Shahzad Mohammadi, Osman Ghani, Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shinwari, Asghar Stanikzai, Nabi Isakhail, Shafiullah Shafaq, Najib Zadran, Gulbuddin Nayeb, Rashid Khan, Mujib Zadran, Mirwais Ashraf, Aftab Alam and Farid Malik.
Members of the ACB selection committee said they will also select players for first class matches against Ireland from those who play well in a planned practice camp.
On the upcoming tour, Najibullah Zadran said: “Players will play with good spirit. We try to familiarize ourselves with the Irish climate, because the climate of Asia and Europe is different. We need to adapt to the pitches.”
Afghanistan defeated Ireland by five wickets in March in a winner-takes-all Super Sixes game for a place at the World Cup.
Since then the two sides have played their inaugural Tests and are set to meet for the first time in the five-day arena in February next year.
Officials at the ABC said that after Afghanistan finishes its series with Ireland the team will head to United Arab Emirates to play in the Asia cup in its group with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on September 15.