Afghanistan’s national cricket team plays against Zimbabwe in the first match of a Test series on Tuesday.
The match kicked-off at 10 am Kabul time at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Afghanistan opted to bat in their first Test against Zimbabwe.
Rashid Khan is not in the first match’s squad due to a finger injury.
“Khan was injured during his stint in the Pakistan Super League where he played for the Lahore Qalandars franchise,” Afghanistan’s Cricket Board (ACB) said last week.
It was the first time that Khan played in the PSL.
Khan left the Lahore Qalandars after playing in just two matches to join the Afghan national team.
It is Afghanistan’s fifth Test, and they’re first since November 2019, while Zimbabwe has not worn whites in just over a year, since February 2020, according to an ESPN report.
It’s something of a restart for both sides with Afghanistan’s squad containing eight uncapped players and two teenagers: opening batsman Ibrahim Zadran and fast bowler Mohammed Saleem.
Asghar Afghan is again the captain. He was in charge of their first two Tests but then the position was handed over to Rashid Khan.
Zimbabwe has also included some new names, due to injuries and illness affecting some of the key players.
The Afghan umpire Ahmad Shah Pakteen is playing in Afghanistan’s two-Test Series against Zimbabwe, according to ACB.
Pakteen will be the first appointed Afghan umpire to officiate in a Test match.