Zim vs Afg 2022 – Afghanistan call up Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar for ODIs in Zimbabwe; Gulbadin Naib dropped

Zim vs Afg 2022 - Afghanistan call up Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar for ODIs in Zimbabwe; Gulbadin Naib dropped
Afghanistan have called up left-arm spinner Zia-ur-Rehman Akbar and dropped allrounder Gulbadin Naib for the upcoming three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe, which begins on June 4. For the T20I series, Qais Ahmad and Mujeeb ur Rahman, who have Vitality Blast commitments, have been left out.

Zia was the leading wicket-taker in Green Afghanistan One-day cup, the domestic 50-over tournament, where he picked up 14 wickets at an average of 12 for Hindukush Strikers. Qais, who is set to join Kent in the Vitality Blast, missed out on a selection in both squads while Mujeeb will link up with Middlesex after his participation in the ODI series. Ihsanullah Jannat and Noor Ahmad replace the duo in the T20I squad.

Gulbadin, who last played in the third ODI against Bangladesh, has averaged just 13.75 with the bat and has picked just two wickets in the last 10 ODIs he’s played. He was also dropped from the T20I squad to Bangladesh earlier this year and last played in the format in November 2021.

Wristspinner Noor Ahmad and the right-arm quick Nijat Masoud have been named as reserves for ODIs.

Afghanistan are set to fly to Zimbabwe later this week, with the series starting in Harare on June 4. The ODI series will be part of the World Cup Super League. Afghanistan are currently at No. 5 with seven wins in nine games, while Zimbabwe are in the 12th position with three wins in 12 games.

Afghanistan last played a white-ball series against Bangladesh in February-March earlier this year, losing the ODIs 2-1 in ODIs and drawing the T20I series 1-1.

Afghanistan ODI squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Rahmat Shah (vice-captain), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhail, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan, Riaz Hassan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rahman Akbar
Travelling reserves: Noor Ahmad, Nijat Masoud

T20I squad: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Najibullah Zadran (vice-captain), Afsar Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ihsanullah Janat, Karim Janat, Nijat Masoud, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Usman Ghani

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