Chief selector Noor Malikzai said, “The Asia Cup is important to us and as such, we have picked our best available players for the event. Samiullah Shinwari has been added to the squad for the Asia Cup. He is in very good form and will strengthen the batting department which already includes Ibrahim Zadran, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi.
Afghanistan are currently on an assignment against Ireland. After losing the first two matches, the guests made a spectacular comeback in the next two games to level the series 2-2. The decider will be played on Wednesday, after which Afghanistan will leave for the UAE. Afghanistan are placed in Group B along with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the Asia Cup, from where the top two teams will advance. The Mohammad Nabi-led side will begin their Asia Cup campaign against Sri Lanka at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on August 27.
crew: Mohammad Nabi (Captain), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Ajmatullah Omerzai, Fareed Ahmed Malik, Fazlhaq Farooqui, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rehman, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ahmad, Noor Ahmad, Najibullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai Gurbaz, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari.
Additional Players: Nijat Masood, Qais Ahmed and Sharafuddin Ashraf.