The Pakistani men’s cricket team has set off for UAE to face Afghanistan in a T20 international series, which is set to begin this week on March 24 in Sharjah.
Departing from the National Cricket Academy today, the team boarded a 4pm flight on the national carrier. The three-match series, marking the first bilateral contest between the neighboring countries, will take place in Sharjah on March 24, 26, and 27.
However, due to personal reasons, Mohammad Yousuf will not accompany the team to the UAE. In his absence, head coach Abdul Rehman will assume the role of batting coach.
The contingent consists of 14 players and nine support staff members. Naseem Shah, who is already in Dubai, will meet up with the team at their hotel today.
List of players who are traveling: Shadab Khan, Abdullah Shafique, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Saim Ayub, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir, Zaman Khan List of traveling player support personnel: Mansoor Rana (team manager), Abdul Rehman (head coach), Umar Gul (bowling coach), Abdul Majeed (fielding coach), Cliffe Deacon (physiotherapist), Talha Ijaz (analyst), Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi (media and digital manager), Drikus Saaimon (strength and conditioning coach) and Col (retd) Usman Anwari (security manager).
Earlier, Afghanistan Cricket Board announced 17-members squad under the captaincy of Rashid Khan. Newcomer Sediqullah Atal, the left-handed opener, has been included in the squad and could potentially make his debut in this series.
Additionally, experienced all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, who captained Afghanistan during last year’s ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, returns to the team.
Pakistan and Afghanistan Squads
Pakistan: Shadab Khan (captain), Abdullah Shafique, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Ihsanullah, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Junior, Naseem Shah, Saim Ayub, Shan Masood, Tayyab Tahir, Zaman Khan
Afghanistan: Rashid Khan (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Usman Ghani, Sediqullah Atal, Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Ahmad, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq.