Afghanistan will hope to avoid embarrassing whitewash of Twenty20 series to West Indies and start positively when the two sides meet in the opening day/night One- Day International of the three match series on Friday.
The preceding T20I series, which ended in a clean sweep for the hosts, highlighted the points that the visitors still needs to work on, especially with team selection and the position of players in the team.
More significantly, the selection of all-rounder Karim Janat in the team that sparked strong criticism of cricket fans on social media. Janat was struggled to play up to his potential in the second T20 match which ended in a losing cause for the visitors. He scored 8 off 17 deliveries and given away 41 runs of four overs with the ball.
Many criticized the selection panel of choosing so many all-rounders in the team instead of proper batsman or bowler.
However, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials reportedly stressed the team selection is based on the players’ capability and the requirement of the team against a particular opposition.
Afghanistan are currently ranked 10th in the international one-day rankings, marginally below West Indies in ninth.
AFGHANISTAN: Asghar Stanikzai (captain), Noor Ali Zadran, Javid Ahmadi, Usman Ghani, Rahmat Shah Zarmati, Nasir Jamal, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari, Gulbuddin Naib, Rashid Khan Arman, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Shapoor Zadran, Amira Hamza Hotak, Dawlat Zadran, Afsar Zazai, Farid Malik.
WEST INDIES: Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.