Afghanistan vs Pakistan: After the successful completion of the Pakistan Super League, Pakistan is ready to lock horns against Afghanistan in a 3-match T20I series which is held in Sharjah. The first match of the series will be held on March 24th at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. After the completion of the series, Pakistan will go for a 5-match T20I series and a 3-match ODI series against New Zealand at home.
Match: Afghanistan vs Pakistan T20 1 of 3
Date: 24th March 2023
Time: 09:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Pitch Condition: The first T20 match will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The pitch here is a place for batters. But in recent years, there shows a slowness on the wicket. But as the game progresses, the wicket will slow down, so chasing will be difficult for the batters. The team winning the toss may choose to bat first.
Afghanistan vs Pakistan – The Squad
Pakistan: Shadab Khan (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Saim Ayub, Mohammad Haris, Azam Khan, Ihsanullah, Zaman Khan, Shan Masood, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Abdullah Shafique, Tayyab Tahir, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Wasim.
Afghanistan: Rashid Khan (c), Fareed Ahmed, Noor Ahmad, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Sediqullah Atal, Usman Ghani, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq, Azmatullah Omarzai, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai.
Afghanistan vs Pakistan – Performance in the Past Matches
Pakistan and Afghanistan are all ready to go for a 3-match T20 series and Sharjah will host the series this time. Pakistan is coming for the series after concluding the Pakistan Super League 2023 where the Lahore Qalandars retained the title. Afghanistan is going for the series after the successful completion of a T20I series against the UAE. In the 3-match series, Afghanistan marked a 2-1 victory to seal the series.
Pakistan is resting most of their key players in the T20 match including their captain Babar Azam. Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Mohammad Rizwan are the other players who are unavailable for the series. All-rounder Shadab Khan will lead the side this time. Abdullah Shafique may open the innings this time along with the young wicket-keeper Mohammad Haris. Azam Khan will serve as the wicketkeeper this time. Imad Wasim is expected to open the bowling after his outstanding show in the PSL. The pace attack will be led by Mohammad Wasim Jr and Naseem Shah.
Sealing the T20 series against UAE, Afghanistan is more confident now to go for the match against Pakistan. But their regular opener Hazratullah Zazai has been dropped from the series. Seqiqullah Atal will replace Zazai in the match. Atal will open the innings with Gurbaz. Rashid Khan will lead the side. Mohammad Nabi came back to the squad. Ibrahim Zadran will be the key batter from the side having a good average in white-ball cricket.
Can Afghanistan mark their first win against Pakistan in the T20 format? Let’s make teams for the match now.
Afghanistan vs Pakistan – Face to Face
Afghanistan and Pakistan have faced each other in 3 T20I matches. Pakistan won all of those matches. The highest score between these two is 148 runs.
Wicket-Keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Batsmen: Ibrahim Zadran, Shan Masood, Saim Ayub.
All-Rounders: Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf.
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Zahir Khan.
Captain: Rashid Khan.
Vice-Captain: Shan Masood.
Wicket-Keepers: Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Haris.
Batsmen: Najibullah Zadran, Ibrahim Zadran, Shan Masood.
All-Rounders: Mohammad Nabi, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan.
Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah.
Captain: Imad Wasim.
Vice-Captain: Shadab Khan.