“Afghanistan and Pakistan Set for Intense 3-Match ODI Series in Sri Lanka”

Get ready for a thrilling clash as Afghanistan and Pakistan gear up to battle it out in a high-stakes 3-match ODI series on the grounds of Sri Lanka. The excitement begins with the first ODI on August 22nd, with the series reaching its climax on August 26th, 2023, with the third and final ODI.

Hashmatullah Shahidi will lead the charge for Afghanistan, leading a robust squad. The inclusion of rising spinner Noor Ahmad, who recently wowed fans in the Lanka Premier League, adds depth to the team’s roster. The lethal spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman is poised to give Pakistani batters a tough time.

Meanwhile, Babar Azam will captain the Pakistani side, boasting a dynamic lineup. Notable among the players is Saud Shakeel, who has made a mark in red-ball cricket. Although Shakeel won’t feature in the Asia Cup 2023, the squad welcomes Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Haris after their successful performances in the Lanka Premier League.

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With both teams fielding strong contenders, cricket enthusiasts can expect a fierce and promising 3-match ODI series between these two cricket giants.

Let’s delve into the team compositions:

Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (capt), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Haris, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Wasim

Afghanistan Squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (capt), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ikram Alikhil, Ibrahim Zadran, Riaz Hassan, Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Abdul Rahman, Mohammad Saleem Safi, Wafadar Momand

This series holds special importance for Afghanistan, as it allows them to host international cricket on their own turf in Sri Lanka due to security concerns in their home country.

“These three matches are an excellent opportunity for us to test our players in match situations,” Azam shared.

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Azam, currently the top-ranked ODI batsman, leads a strong lineup that also features accomplished openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, who are ranked third and fourth respectively. The bowling attack is robust, with Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf as key assets.

Afghanistan, with the return of world-class spinner Rashid Khan post his withdrawal from England’s The Hundred, has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. “Afghanistan has made significant progress as a team,” Azam acknowledged, highlighting their recent 2-1 ODI series victory against Bangladesh.

Despite Pakistan’s flawless record of four ODI victories against Afghanistan since their inaugural encounter in 2012, Azam emphasized that his team won’t underestimate their opponents. “We have skilled players who can handle spin bowling, making this series truly exciting,” he affirmed.

Afghanistan, captained by Hashmatullah Shahidi, introduces fresh faces in the pace department, including Abdul Rahman, Mohammad Saleem Safi, and Wafadar Momand.

The series commences on Tuesday, August 22nd, at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota. Subsequent clashes are set for Thursday, August 24th, and Saturday, August 26th, both at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, all scheduled for 3 pm local time.

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To catch all the live action, cricket enthusiasts can use the provided cricket streaming link for the Afghanistan and Pakistan ODI Series in Sri Lanka, 2023. Note that geographical restrictions may apply. Stay tuned for potential adjustments to predictions based on final team announcements and enjoy the “In-Play” features during the matches.