Zadran to Spearhead Spin-Heavy Squad as Afghanistan Names T20I Team for India Clash


Kabul, Afghanistan: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has unveiled its 19-member squad for the upcoming T20I series against India, starting January 11th in Mohali. Ibrahim Zadran, who impressed as captain during the recent 2-1 win over UAE, will retain the armband for this high-profile encounter.

Zadran will be flanked by an explosive batting unit featuring established names like Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai, and Najibullah Zadran. Rahmat Shah and Mohammad Nabi provide experienced middle-order options, while Karim Janat and Azmatullah Omarzai add further depth.

The bowling attack boasts a formidable spin contingent, with Rashid Khan returning to the fold after recovering from recent back surgery. Though his availability for individual matches remains uncertain, Khan’s presence strengthens the spin department alongside Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Qais Ahmad, and Noor Ahmad. Fazal Haq Farooqi and Fareed Ahmad spearhead the pace attack, supported by the swing bowling of Naveen Ul Haq.

Key Points:

  • Ibrahim Zadran to lead Afghanistan in T20I series against India.
  • Strong batting line-up with Gurbaz, Zazai, Najibullah Zadran, and others.
  • Spin-heavy bowling attack featuring Rashid Khan (availability TBC), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Qais Ahmad, and Noor Ahmad.
  • Fazal Haq Farooqi and Fareed Ahmad lead the pace attack.


  • “We are excited to be facing India in this important series,” said Zadran. “We have a well-balanced squad with experience and exciting young talent. We are confident of putting up a good fight against a strong Indian team.”
  • “The return of Rashid Khan is a big boost,” commented ACB selector Noor Malang. “We have a well-rounded squad that can compete against any team on their day.”


Afghanistan’s performance against the UAE suggests promise, with Zadran leading from the front with both bat and captaincy. However, facing India presents a different challenge altogether. The formidable Indian batting line-up and experienced bowling attack will test the young Afghans to the core. Nonetheless, the return of Rashid Khan adds a potent weapon to their arsenal, making this series a thrilling prospect for fans of both teams.

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