Afghanistan, Ireland tune up for World Cup qualifiers

Afghanistan, Ireland tune up for World Cup qualifiers

Since being appointed as the eleventh and twelfth Test countries in June, a significant part of the festival around Afghanistan and Ireland’s hoisted status has been fixated on the chance to play five-day cricket. Cricket Ireland hasn’t kept down at advancing their date with Pakistan at Malahide next May for their inaugural Test while the Afghanistan Cricket Board has been attempting to organize their own Test make a big appearance, potentially against Zimbabwe right on time one year from now.

In any case, for all the exhibition those events are relied upon to bring for their verifiable importance, there is an additionally squeezing issue within reach for the two nations: the 50-over World Cup Qualifier is planned for next March in Zimbabwe. It was already an Associate-just issue, yet now there will be four Full Members – Afghanistan, Ireland, West Indies and Zimbabwe – tussling with six Associates for two desired compartments in the masterpiece occasion in England and Wales in 2019, along these lines featuring how heightened the battle will be to secure a spot.

Afghanistan will have another constrained overs arrangement against Zimbabwe in Sharjah next February in front of the qualifier. In any case, for Ireland, these might be the last three ODIs they get the opportunity to play in front of a stretched out winter soften before making a beeline for Zimbabwe up March. Having neglected to beat a Full Member in ten endeavors since besting Zimbabwe at Harare in October 2015, there’s no better time for Ireland to pivot their battles in the number one spot up to the World Cup Qualifier.

What’s more, it ought not be disregarded that however its not their individual initially Tests, there is a touch of history in this event since it’ll be Afghanistan and Ireland’s first ODI arrangement as Test countries. Ireland’s initially coordinate as a Full Member against a Full Member was slated to be in September against West Indies, however a saturated outfield in Belfast kept that from happening. Rather, they’ll be commending the event with their old competing accomplice in a contention that has bloomed since they met in the last of the 2010 World T20 Qualifier.

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in the spotlight

Rashid Khan treated Ireland’s batsmen like his own voodoo-doll accumulation when the groups went head to head in Greater Noida this past March, taking an arrangement best of 16 wickets in the five ODIs, also another nine in the three-coordinate T20I arrangement, and eight more in their Intercontinental Cup conflict. He hasn’t made a wrong stride in national hues for whatever is left of the year, packing 7 for 18 in June against West Indies and after that had consecutive Man-of-the-Match exhibitions in the I-Cup – against Hong Kong in October and a week ago against UAE.

Boyd Rankin spent the whole voyage through Greater Noida on the sidelines because of damage and missed the whole home summer too. Be that as it may, in two I-Cup matches against Netherlands and Scotland, he exhibited his threat, taking 5 for 49 at Malahide in the principal innings against Netherlands and a match pull of 6 for 84 a week ago against Scotland.

William Porterfield drives through the leg side Associated Press

Group news

Turn sensation Mujeeb Zadran, just 16, arrives straight from Bangladesh having made his BPL make a big appearance on Saturday for Comilla Victorians. Afghanistan commander Asghar Stanikzai was hesitant when gotten some information about Mujeeb’s odds of making an introduction with a squad officially brimming with set up spinners in Rashid, Mohammad Nabi and Amir Hamza. For squad adjust, it would bode well to have Shapoor and Dawlat Zadran as pace choices yet Mujeeb’s sharp ascent since the Under-19 Asia Cup may make him difficult to forget. Gulbadin Naib may fill any help pace obligations.

Afghanistan XI (conceivable): 1 Javed Ahmadi, 2 Noor Ali Zadran, 3 Rahmat Shah, 4 Asghar Stanikzai (capt), 5 Mohammad Nabi, 6 Gulbadin Naib, 7 Shafiqullah Shafaq (wk), 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Dawlat Zadran, 10 Amir Hamza, 11 Mujeeb Zadran/Shapoor Zadran

Niall O’Brien flew home from the UAE a couple of days in front of their win against Scotland because of individual reasons. That intensified the before withdrawal of Ed Joyce because of damage, making Ireland’s thin batting considerably slimmer. Stuart Poynter was rung to fill O’Brien’s spot in the squad and will probably play while allrounder Simi Singh looks sure to expand on his two ODI tops against New Zealand to help fill the void. Subsequent to passing up a major opportunity amid the home summer, legspinner Jacob Mulder may likewise observe his first ODI activity since March in a duel of the moderate bowlers.

Ireland XI (conceivable): 1 William Porterfield (capt), 2 Paul Stirling, 3 Andy Balbirnie, 4 Stuart Poynter, 5 Gary Wilson (wk), 6 Kevin O’Brien, 7 Simi Singh, 8 George Dockrell, 9 Boyd Rankin, 10 Jacob Mulder, 11 Tim Murtagh

Pitch and conditions

In the I-Cup coordinate between Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea played here a week ago, Hong Kong commander Babar Hayat scored an unbeaten 214 while his left-right turn combo of Nadeem Ahmed and Ehsan Khan consolidated to take 17 PNG wickets. With little limits, there could be a few firecrackers yet anticipate that the spinners will benefit. The gauge is for a direct 25 degree celcius toward the evening however may plunge to 17 degrees celcius around evening time.

Details and incidental data

Kevin O’Brien needs one wicket to wind up noticeably the principal Irish bowler to take 100 wickets in ODIs, while Nabi needs 58 rushes to end up noticeably the main Afghanistan player to score 2000 keeps running in ODIs.

As of now tied for second, Rashid Khan (36) needs ten wickets in the arrangement to overwhelm Pakistan’s Hasan Ali (45) for most ODI wickets in 2017.


“After Test status and Full Membership, this is our first time playing against each other in a full ODI arrangement so there will be more group and the matches will be incredible. It implies a ton for the two sides.”

Afghanistan commander Asghar Stanikzai

“The arrangement in March, he was most likely the central factor between the two sides. In the diversions Afghanistan won, he performed extremely well. In the amusements we won, we figured out how to refute him to a huge degree How we play him is going to be critical to this arrangement.”

William Porterfield on the danger postured by Rashid Khan