“We are honored to be [a] ACB Chief Executive Naseeb Khan said: “We are part of this partnership and are pleased with the outcome of our recent talks and negotiations with the Emirates Cricket Board. Participating in this T20I series is the first step in our long-term commitment, We look forward to continuing our partnership with the ECB.”
For the UAE series, Afghanistan has selected a preliminary roster of 22 players for the UAE’s reserve camp. Rashid Khan will lead the visitors, who travel to the UAE next week for a pre-series training camp in Abu Dhabi. The squad will then be whittled down to 17 members.
But Afghanistan are yet to name their coaching staff after head coach Jonathan Trotter and bowling coach Omar Gul failed to renew their contracts last month. Assistant coach Raees Ahmadzai has been leading the behind-the-scenes staff alongside local coaches.
Given the political situation in Afghanistan, it remains off-limits to international teams. With the Taliban taking over in August 2021, the situation escalated and several ACB staff fled the country. Since then, even visas for Afghan players to play abroad have become difficult.
22-man squad in AfghanistanRashid Khan (captain), Rahmanullah Gulbaaz (week), Abdul Rahman Rahmani, Afsar Zazai, Azmatu Ra Omarzai, Bilal Sami, Farid Ahmed Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Gulbaddin Naib, Hazratollah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Mujibur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Nangyal Kharoti, Naveen Ul Haq, Nijat Masoud, Noor Ahmad, Rahmat Shah, Sediqullah Atal, Shahidullah Kamal, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Zahir Khan