Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st Odi Preview


If many of you are tired with the on going T20 leagues then this will be a good news. Top two associate teams will start their Odi action once again. Already both teams, Afghanistan and Ireland,faced each other earlier this year in an Odi series. It will be very interesting to watch how Ireland will dominate Afghanistan in sub continent.


Sharjah Cricket Association stadium, Sharjah


Clear Sunny day

Pitch Report

Generally sub continent pitches are good for spinners. Sharjah wicket supports for bowlers. Both fast & spin bowlers can get good movement.

Team News : Afghanistan

After winning ICC inter continental championship last week this team is getting ready for another challenge which is in front of them now. Interestingly, Afghanistan have made few changes to their Odi squad. 18 members squad has been announced and Stanikzai will lead this team. The experienced all rounder Shenwari could not make into the squad. Surprisingly, they added Mujeeb Zadran,who had an extraordinary tournament in recent youth Asia cup. The 16 years old Mujeeb Zadran is expected to play his debut game in 1st Odi. Nabi had a good time with Comilla Victorians in BPL and he is in good touch with both bat and ball. Gulbadin Naib always contributes decently well in Odi matches. Their main and important spinner Rashid Khan is in team and definitely he will play a crucial role in terms of bowling. As pitch will support spinners it is not easy for Ireland to escape from Rashid Khan.

Team News : Ireland

After a strong win against Scotland in recent ICC intercontinental championship, Ireland will face Afghanistan in an Odi series. 14 member squad which will be lead by porterfield has been announced. Porterfield will lead the batting unit. Balbirnie, Anderson and Wilson are important batsmen. Neil O’Brien has been dropped due to injury and Ed Joyce has withdrawn himself due to personal problems. Kevin O’Brien and Paul Stirling are the top all rounders for Ireland. Mulder and Dockrell are the spin options for Ireland.

Afghanistan Probable XI

Noor Ali Zadran
Javed Ahmadi
Rahmat shah
Stanikzai (c)
Mohammad Nabi
Gulbadin Naib
Shafiq (wk)
Rashid Khan
Amir Hamza / Mujeeb
Dawlat Zadran

Ireland Probable XI

Porterfield (c)
J Anderson
Kevin O’Brien
Gary Wilson (wk)
Simi Singh
Peter Chase / McCarthy
Rankin/ Mulder
Prediction : Afghanistan are looking stronger side and they won ICC intercontinental championship tournament recently. For Ireland it’s a tough job to beat Afghanistan. This is a 70 – 30 game backing Afghanistan to win.


Afghanistan vs Ireland 1st Odi Preview
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