The three newcomers are Wafadar and Sherzad, who have played Test cricket and T20Is respectively, and Munir Ahmad who is yet to represent Afghanistan.
Afghanistan Adds Three New Players To Asia Cup Squad
Afghanistan’s Cricket Board (ACB) has named three new players in an otherwise familiar-looking squad of 17 for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018.
Sayed Sherzad, Munir Ahmad and Wafadar are the new three players in the squad that will make their One-Day International debuts.
Wafadar and Sherzad have played Test cricket and Twenty20 International cricket respectively, but Ahmad is yet to represent Afghanistan.
Wafadar, the 18-year-old fast bowler who impressed in Afghanistan's maiden Test match earlier this year against India, and Shirzad, a 23-year-old left-arm pacer who has played three T20Is, have been called up to bolster the pace attack.
Afghanistan's strength will, expectedly, remain in their spinners – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Zadran who are all in the squad.
Ahmad, 22, has a good batting average across formats in domestic cricket – 49.86 in first-class matches and 48.42 in List A games – and he also doubles up as a back-up wicket-keeper for Mohammad Shahzad if needed.
Dawlat Zadran is the only omission from the side that won the One-Day International series in Ireland recently. Zadran did not feature in the playing XI in any of the three ODIs on the tour, where Afghanistan won the ODIs 2-1 to go with their 2-0 win in the T20Is.
Afghanistan begin their Asia Cup campaign with a match against Sri Lanka on 17 September.