After an entertaining white-ball cricket series, Afghanistan and Ireland square off in Test arena at Dehradun on Tuesday. The two nations earned test status in 2018, with Ireland making their debut at home versus Pakistan while Afghanistan stepped into the red-ball cricket against India in Bangalore. Since the first appearance didn’t help either side get a win, this will be the opportunity before two nations to record their first Test victory.
Ireland captain William Porterfield also addressed the press conference said: “First and foremost, it will be completely different conditions [in the Test match] – our first Test match against Pakistan was a home game in Malahide in May whereas we are in Dehradun here in India in March. We will see how the pitch is in the next couple of days and expect it not to be very different.”
Afghanistan vs Ireland Playing 11:
AFGH Playing 11: Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Ali Khil (wk), Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar, Zahir Khan
IRE Playing 11: William Porterfield, Andy Balbirnie, Paul Stirling, James McCollum, Stuart Poynter (wk), Kevin O’Brien, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell, Boyd Rankin, Tim Murtagh
Afghanistan vs Ireland Squad:
Afghanistan squad: Asghar Afghan(c), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Yamin Ahmadzai, Ihsanullah Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Nasir Jamal, Ikram Ali Khil, Wafadar Momand, Waqar Salamkheil, Sayed Shirzad, Zahir Khan, Mohammad Shahzad(wk), Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi.
Ireland squad: William Porterfield(c), George Dockrell, James McCollum, Andy McBrine, James Cameron-Dow, Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin, Barry McCarthy, Stuart Thompson, Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie, Simi Singh, Kevin O Brien, Stuart Poynter(wk) and Lorcan Tucker.