The squads for Afghanistan’s upcoming Test match against West Indies have been confirmed. Rashid Khan will continue to captain his side, while Jason Holder takes over from Kieron Pollard for the Windies.
Ekana International Cricket Stadium will play host to the nations once more, this time in the longest format of the game. The pair will meet in a one-off Test match to conclude their India-based series. The Lucknow venue has held all six of the Twenty20 and One Day International matches so far.
West Indies vs Afghanistan Test Match Squads
|Jason Holder (captain)||Rashid Khan (captain)|
|Sunil Ambris||Asghar Afghan|
|Kraigg Brathwaite||Qais Ahmad|
|Shamarh Brooks||Javen Ahmadi|
|John Campbell||Yamin Ahmadzai|
|Roston Chase||Ikram Alikhil|
|Rakeem Cornwall||Hamza Hotak|
|Shane Dowrich||Nasir Jamal|
|Shimron Hetmyer||Ihsanullah Janat|
|Shai Hope||Karim Janat|
|Alzarri Joseph||Zahir Khan|
|Keemo Paul||Nijat Masood|
|Kemar Roach||Rahmat Shah|
|Jomel Warrican||Ibrahim Zadran|
Honours even so far
West Indies won all three of the ODI matches earlier in the series, each by a convincing margin. The T20 encounters were a different story though. Afghanistan showed they are not to be underestimated in the shortest form of the game. They displayed some admirable firepower in coming from 1-0 down to win the final two meetings, by 41 and 29 runs respectively.
Holder’s side will be keen to bounce back from a disappointing Test series against India in August. Despite home advantage, the Windies were heavily beaten in both games, losing by a combined 575 runs.
The draw looks unlikely in Lucknow
The weather forecast looks good, so it’s unlikely that too much, if any time, will be lost in the match. With that in mind, it’s understandable to see the draw out at 8.0 (7/1). Neither team looks to have the batting depth to be able to force a stalemate so it seems very likely we’ll have a result in this one.
Afghanistan are available at 11/8 (2.38) to win their third Test match in a row having beaten Bangladesh and Ireland in their previous two five-day games. The newcomers to Test cricket lost their first meeting against India in 2018 but their performances since will give them hope of another victory in Lucknow.
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