After quite a few Intercontinental Cup clashes, matches at qualifiers, T20Is and ODIs, cricket’s newest Full Members Afghanistan and Eire equipped for actual deal: Checks. For the file, that is Afghanistan’s dwelling Take a look at at their adopted metropolis of Dehradun within the north Indian state of Uttarakhand.
William Porterfield, Eire’s captain, referred to as accurately as they elected to bat first of their second-ever Take a look at. 9 months in the past, Eire ran Pakistan shut on Take a look at debut earlier than dropping at dwelling in Malahide. Coming in now with just a little extra expertise and conditioning, they will look to beat a barely weak Afghanistan facet, who had been handed a pounding on their Take a look at debut in June in opposition to India.
Eire squared the ODIs 2-2 after conceding early floor to Afghanistan, and could have momentum on their facet. That stated, they will nonetheless want their skilled cricketers to tug them in opposition to sturdy five-man assault that boasts of two quick bowlers and three spinners in Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Waqar Salamkhail.
Eire not noted their premier quick bowler Boyd Rankin, with George Dockrell, the left-arm spinner, Stuart Poynter, the wicketkeeper, James Cameron-Dow, James McCollum and Andy McBrine handed their maiden Take a look at caps. Afghanistan additionally had three caps: spinner Salamkhail, Ikram Ali Khil, who will maintain wickets, and Ihsanullah Janat, the highest order batsman. Ikram’s inclusion will permit Mohammad Shahzad to play as a pure batsman.
Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (capt.), Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Ihsanullah Janat, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Alikhail, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Waqar Salamkhail
Eire: William Porterfield (capt), Andy Balbirnie, James Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, James Mccollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter (wk), Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson