Gulbadin Naib Makes Comeback to Afghanistan’s ODI Squad; Rashid still recovering

Rashid Khan is not healthy enough to play in Afghanistan’s three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, which starts on February 9 in Pallekele.

Late last year, Afghanistan’s best spin bowler had surgery on his back. He hasn’t played a meaningful game of cricket since November 2023, when he played in the ODI World Cup. Rashid’s spot will be filled by Qais Ahmad in Sri Lanka. Ahmad has only played one ODI for Afghanistan so far.

ODI Squad Changes

Noor Ahmad, who plays for the Super Giants in Durban in the SA20, will return to the national team and miss the end of the league.

Najibullah Zadran, who was on Afghanistan’s World Cup team, wasn’t brought to Sri Lanka for the ODIs, and Abdul Rahman was only added as a backup. An ACB press statement said that fast bowler Mohammad Saleem was out with a hamstring strain.

All-rounder Gulbadin Naib called back to the ODI team because of how well he hit the ball hard in the recent T20I series against India. It’s now 15 people, and Fareed Ahmad is also on it. During the 2023 ODI World Cup, both were on the bench.

Naveed Zadran’s Debut Delight

Naveed Zadran, a seamer, made his Test debut against Sri Lanka and did so well that he added to the ODI team as well. He has never played in an ODI and has only played in six List A games so far, taking eight wickets.

Test debut

“We have consistently striven to secure more bilateral cricket matches and create a busy schedule for our national teams,” ACB CEO Naseeb Khan stated. “This is our third trip to Sri Lanka in the past 16 months, which is a good sign for tomorrow.” The judges chose a strong team, and we’re looking forward to a very exciting series.

Afghanistan squad for ODI series against SL

Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), Rahmat Shah (vice-capt), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Ikram Alikhil (wk), Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Azmatullah Omarzai, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Qais Ahmad, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveed Zadran, Farid Ahmad
Reserves: Sharafuddin Ashraf, Shahidullah, Abdul Rahman, Bilal Sami

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