Afghanistan v West Indies in India: Preview, Match Schedule, Team Squads and Series Predictions
All you need to know about the Afghanistan v West Indies in India series comprising 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and a one-off Test.
West Indies last played India in a full-fledged tour which included 3T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests. They will now take on Afghanistan in another proper tour of India where they will play 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and a one-off Test match.
All these games will be played at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee international cricket stadium in Lucknow. The series was earlier scheduled to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi international cricket stadium Dehradun but was rescheduled.
In the last 5 ODIs played between the two teams, Afghanistan have won 2 and West Indies have won two. Their last encounter was in the 2019 ODI World Cup where West Indies posted a huge 311-run total on the board. In reply, Afghanistan for bowled out for 288. The previous two matches were played in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in 2018 when Afghanistan won in both of them.
Rashid Khan has replaced Gulbadin Naib as both the ODI and T20I skipper of Afghanistan. Likewise, Kieron Pollard has replaced Jason Holder as the ODI captain and Carlos Brathwaite as the T20I leader.
The Calypso Kings will be without big names like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine in the series. While Russell and Narine are not fit enough to be a part of the squad, West Indies cricket seem to have moved on from Chris Gayle who first seemed to retired after the India series but later expressed his availability for the future series as well.
Following the automatic cycle after the ODI World Cup and keeping in mind the upcoming 2020 T20 World Cup, both teams have given young faces a chance in their team. While Afghanistan have made wholesale changes to both their squads, West Indies have awarded Brandon King and Hayden Walsh Jr. who impressed in the Caribbean Premier League 2019. Alzarri Joseph also makes a comeback to all the formats after recovering from injury.
The Afghanistan series against West Indies will kick off with three ODIs (November 6, 9 and 11), followed by three T20Is (November 14, 16 and 17), and a one-off Test, commencing November 27.
Here are the predictions for the series:
Winner - West Indies (2-1) in ODIs, West Indies (2-1) in T20Is, West Indies (1-0) in Tests
Top Run Scorer - Shai Hope in ODIs, Shimron Hetmyer in T20Is, Roston Chase in Tests
Most sixes - Shimron Hetmyer in ODIs, Mohammad Nabi in T20Is, Shimron Hetmyer in Tests
Top Wicket Taker - Sheldon Cottrell in ODIs, Rashid Khan in T20Is, Rashid Khan in Tests
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Afghanistan ODI squad- Rashid Khan (c), Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Javed Ahmadi, Afsar Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Ibrahim Zadran, Yamin Ahmadzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ikram Alikhil, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Afghanistan T20I squad- Rashid Khan (c), Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Yamin Ahmadzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Mujeeb ur Rahman
West Indies T20I squad- Kieron Pollard (c), Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Holder, Lendl Simmons, Fabian Allen, Hayden Walsh Jr., Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Denesh Ramdin, Kesrick Williams, Alzarri Joseph
West Indies ODI squad- Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sunil Ambris, Nicholas Pooran, Brandon King, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh Jr., Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph
West Indies Test squad- Jason Holder (c), Shai Hope, John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, Shimron Hetmyer, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Sunil Ambris, Jomel Warrican, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Keemo Paul, Alzarri Joseph
Let's have a look at the schedule (local time) of the series:
Nov 06 Afghanistan v West Indies, 1st ODI Lucknow 2:00 PM
Nov 09 Afghanistan v West Indies, 2nd ODI Lucknow 2:00 PM
Nov 11 Afghanistan v West Indies, 3rd ODI Lucknow 2:00 PM
Nov 14 Afghanistan v West Indies, 1st T20I Lucknow 6:00 AM
Nov 16 Afghanistan v West Indies, 2nd T20I Lucknow 6:00 AM
Nov 17 Afghanistan v West Indies, 3rd T20I Lucknow 6:00 AM
Nov 27 - Dec 01 Afghanistan vs West Indies, Only Test Lucknow 9:30 AM
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