Afghanistan opt to bat

2012-02-10 13:04

Sharjah - Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal won the toss and chose to bat in their historic first-ever day-night international against Pakistan at Sharjah Stadium here on Friday.

Afghanistan, who have played 18 one-day internationals against fellow Associate teams, are playing their first match against a top Test playing nation.

Pakistan, who thrashed England in the three-Test series 3-0 earlier this week, have been boosted by the return of allrounder Shahid Afridi.


Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz

Afghanistan: Nawroz Mangal (captain), Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Karim Sadiq, Samiullah Shinwari, Mirwais Ashraf, Gulbadain Naib, Dawlat Zadran, Shahpoor Zadran, Amir Hamza

Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Shozab Raza (PAK)

Tv umpire: Ahsan Raza (PAK)

Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)