Afghanistan adds 2 bowlers for one-off test against Ireland

DEHRADUN, India — Afghanistan has added two uncapped bowlers in its squad for the one-off test against Ireland starting on Friday.

Left-arm spinner Zahir Khan passed a fitness test and medium-fast bowler Sayed Shirzad was called up as another option.

"Zahir Khan and Sayed Shirzad have very good bowling records in first-class cricket and have played in the Intercontinental Cup," chief selector Dawlat Ahmadzai said in a statement on Tuesday.

Zahir has 34 wickets in seven first-class matches at an average of 13.14.

Shirzad 49 wickets at an average of 25.38.

Afghanistan whitewashed Ireland 3-0 in the Twenty20 series, but Ireland twice came from behind to level the ODI series 2-2.

It will be second test for both teams since being awarded test status in 2017.

Last year, Afghanistan made its test debut against India, and Ireland hosted Pakistan in its debut test.

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Afghanistan: Asghar Afghan (captain), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Alikhail, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sharafudin Ashraf, Waqar Salamkhail, Zahir Khan, Sayed Shirzad.

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