The series between the hosts Afghanistan taking on Ireland is set to open with the T2oIs. Afghanistan have a strong T20I record against Ireland and they have beaten them in each of their last seven completed series. Afghanistan have won last seven T20I matches. At this venue Afghanistan has a great record they have played three T20I matches and won all of them. With the likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Irish batsmen are likely to struggle against them in these spin-friendly conditions.
Ireland has lost five of their last seven T20I matches. Last time when Ireland hosted Afghanistan for T20I series, Irish couldn't win a single match. To tackle Afghan spinners Ireland will rely heavily on Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien and Andrew Balbirnie. In bowling, Ireland have reliable options like Boyd Rankin, Peter Chase and George Dockrell. The onus of picking wickets in the power play will be on Rankin.
Wicket-keeper: Shafiqullah Shafiq (8.5 credits)
In absence of Mohammad Shahzad, Shafiq will have the job behind the stumps though he has not enough opportunities in the presence of Shahzad, now it's the right time for 29 year-old to showcase his talent against Ireland to prove his presence in the team. He has played 41 T20s so far and managed to score 496 runs. In spin-friendly track he will be the best pick from the wicket-keeper list.
Batsman: Hazratullah Zazai (9 credits)
The hard-hitting opening batsman Zazai is the dangerous batsman to bowl in