BAN vs AFG: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has announced the selection of Nijat Masood, 24, in their T20I squad for the forthcoming two-match series against Bangladesh. It is worth mentioning that both teams will meet each other in two T20Is, the first of which will be played on Friday, July 14.
Masood’s selection comes after star pacer Naveen-ul-Haq suffered a knee injury and will miss the T20I series as a result. After making history by winning the ODI series, Afghanistan will be looking for a repeat performance in the T20I series.
With Masood’s selection, Afghanistan Cricket Board chief selector Asadullah Khan came forward to reflect on the length of Naveen’s injury and opined that Masood’s selection in the squad could bolster their chances because the 24-year-old possesses similar qualities to Naveen’s and has been in good form of late.
“He (Naveen) is expected to be out for two months; we have replaced Naveen with Nijat because we wanted a pace bowler for a pace bowler and we believe he is in good form,” Asadullah Khan told Cricbuzz.
Afghanistan makes history by winning the one-day international series against Bangladesh.
Afghanistan began their multi-format series against Bangladesh with a crushing defeat, being utterly overpowered by the hosts. As the ODI series began, many predicted that Afghanistan would suffer yet another crushing defeat and also lose the white-ball series.
The tourists, on the other hand, had different ideas. Despite rain disrupting numerous phases of the first ODI, the visitors managed to win by 17 runs (DLS method) and grab the edge moving into the second ODI.
As Bangladesh looked to improve on their performance in the second game, Afghanistan completely outclassed them, scoring 331 runs in the first innings and then bundling Bangladesh out for 189 runs to win the series with a game to spare.
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