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Confident Afghans Ready to Dare The Tigers

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Confident Afghans Ready to Dare The Tigers

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In the highly anticipated three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the Afghan team is ready to prove their mettle and give the hosts a tough competition. Despite their recent defeat in the lone Test match against Bangladesh, Afghanistan’s return to white-ball cricket and the inclusion of key players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have significantly strengthened their lineup.

The Afghan team, led by Hashmatullah Shahidi, is not daunted by the reputation of the Bangladeshi side as consistent performers in the 50-over format. When questioned about the favorites for the series, Shahidi confidently stated, “Afghanistan is also here to play cricket and win.” The team’s performance in the past two years, winning 12 out of 18 matches, has undoubtedly boosted their confidence and belief in their abilities.

Undoubtedly, the primary threat from Afghanistan comes in the form of their world-class spinner, Rashid Khan. Rashid has consistently proven to be a game-changer against the Bangladesh team, with an impressive record of picking up twelve wickets in six matches at an economy rate of 3.87. Alongside Rashid, Mohammad Nabi, renowned for his all-round capabilities, adds depth to the Afghan side. Nabi has an excellent track record in Bangladesh, having taken twelve wickets in ten matches at an impressive economy rate of 3.70. His batting skills will also be crucial for Afghanistan’s success in the series.

On the other hand, Afghanistan’s mystery spinner, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, has had limited success against Bangladesh, managing to claim only one wicket in the three games he has played against them so far. Nevertheless, Mujeeb remains a talented bowler and could surprise the hosts with his variations and skill.


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Afghanistan has also injected fresh talent into their squad, introducing five new faces for the series. One such promising addition is young leg-spinner Izharulhaq Naveed, who has already made a mark in franchise cricket leagues. Another uncapped player, left-arm spinner Zia Akbar, could prove to be a surprise element for the visitors, adding depth to their spin arsenal.

While the Afghan team is known for their spinners, Shahidi emphasized the presence of pace bowlers in their ranks. Led by left-arm seamer Fazalhaq Farooqi and Azmatullah Omarzai, alongside a group of uncapped pacers eager to make an impact, Afghanistan’s pace attack poses a significant threat to the Bangladeshi batsmen. Shahidi highlighted the advantage his team holds, stating, “We had good spinners, but now we have good seamers like Fazal and Azmat, who are doing well. We also brought in new talent like Wafadar Momand and Saleem Safi, both of whom possess good pace.”

In terms of batting, Afghanistan boasts an explosive opening batsman in Rahmanullah Gurbaz, who can single-handedly dismantle any bowling attack on his day. Additionally, the likes of Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, and Najibullah Zadran possess the ability to spoil the Tigers’ party with their reliable batting performances.

As the first match of the ODI series gets underway, all eyes will be on Afghanistan to see if they can carry their momentum from the past two years and challenge Bangladesh’s dominance in the limited-overs format. With the return of key players, the emergence of fresh talent, and their never-say-die attitude, Afghanistan is poised to make a strong statement and leave a lasting impact on this exciting series.


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