Former Pakistani medium pacer Umar Gul has been named the new bowling coach of the Afghan men’s cricket team. Gul was one of the best bowlers in limited overs cricket during his career, playing a pivotal role in Pakistan, which reached the final of the 2007 ICC WT20 and won the title in 2009. The 39-year-old played 237 appearances for Pakistan in all formats. Gul took 179 wickets in 130 ODIs and 85 in 60 T20Is with a miserly career economy of 7.19.
Gul’s first assignment with the Afghan team is the upcoming series against Zimbabwe, where the team will play both T20Is and ODIs. The three-match ODI series is part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League and Afghanistan is aiming for automatic qualification to the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
Afghanistan is fifth in the Super League standings after having won seven of their nine games to date, while opponent Zimbabwe is only above the Netherlands at the bottom of the rankings.
ODI team: Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmat Shah (vc), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Ibrahim Zadran, Ikram Alikhail (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rashid Khan Riaz Hassan, Shahidullah Kamal, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zia ur Rahman Akbar
Reservations: Noor Ahmad, Nijat Masoud
T20I crew: Mohammad Nabi (c), Najibullah Zadran (vc), Afsar Zazai (wk), Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ihsanullah Janat, Karim Janat, Nijat Masoud, Noman Ahmad Gurb wk), Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Usman Ghani
Reservations: Zahir Khan, Sayed Ahmad Shirzadi
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