UAE will host Afghanistan for 3 T20Is in Abu Dhabi beginning February 16 as a part of the settlement signed by the 2 cricket boards final November, whereby the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) can be providing the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) logistical and infrastructure help for the following 5 years, together with internet hosting their “home” matches for the interval. As a outcome, Afghanistan dedicated to enjoying UAE in a three-match T20I sequence yearly till the deal expires.
“We are honored to be [a] part of this partnership, and are pleased with the results of our recent talks and negotiations with the Emirates Cricket Board,” Naseeb Khan, CEO of the ACB, stated. “Playing this T20I series is the first step in our long-term commitment, and we are looking forward to a continued relationship with ECB.”
The groups can be assembly throughout codecs for the primary time since March 2018. However, this sequence is not part of the ICC’s FTP through the 2023-27 cycle, the place they’re slotted to play 21 Tests, 45 ODIs and 57 T20Is. This will even be Afghanistan’s first task this 12 months, with one other three-match T20I sequence to be performed towards Pakistan in March. That sequence is likely to be held at a impartial venue, with the Afghanistan and Pakistan boards to equally cut up the income.
For the UAE sequence, Afghanistan have chosen a preliminary listing of twenty-two gamers for a preparation camp within the UAE. Rashid Khan can be main the guests, who can be departing for the UAE subsequent week for a conditioning camp in Abu Dhabi earlier than the sequence. The squad will then be trimmed to 17 members.
Meanwhile, the contracts of head coach Jonathan Trott, bowling coach Umar Gul and fielding coach Ryan Maron had come up for extension final month. The ACB has been deliberating on the matter – through which time the staff had been within the care of assistant coach Raees Ahmadzai – and green-lit Trott and Maron to remain on until the top of the 2023 ODI World Cup*. Gul’s deal has run out.
Given the political state of affairs in Afghanistan, it has remained a no-go zone for worldwide groups. The state of affairs escalated with the Taliban’s takeover in August 2021, following which a number of ACB employees fled the nation. Thereafter, even getting visas for Afghanistan gamers to play overseas grew to become a problem.
The ACB subsequently organized UAE residency visas for about two dozen gamers and employees, making UAE as their dwelling away from dwelling. In truth, Australia even cancelled a three-match ODI sequence towards Afghanistan scheduled for March after the Taliban banned college training for ladies.
Afghanistan’s 22-member squad: Rashid Khan (capt), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Afsar Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Bilal Sami, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Gulbadin Naib, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Nangyal Kharoti, Naveen Ul Haq, Nijat Masoud, Noor Ahmad, Rahmat Shah, Sediqullah Atal, Shahidullah Kamal, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Zahir Khan
*January 29 6am GMT This story was up to date with Trott and Maron’s contract extension
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