Afghanistan to host Ireland for full tour in India

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Dubai: Rashid Khan of Afghanistan in action during the fifth match of Asia Cup 2018 Super Four between India and Afghanistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai, UAE on Sept 25, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Dehradun:  Afghanistan and Ireland will play a full tour, comprising three T20 Internationals, five ODIs and a Test match, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium here from February 21.

Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Mohammad Shahzad from Afghanistan and Irish stars like Kevin O Brien, Paul Stirling and George Dockrell will be the players to watch in the contest.

This would be the second time when Afghanistan and Ireland will play a series against each other. DSPORT, Discovery Communications’ premium sports channel, will broadcast live the the first two T20Is of the three and the first, third and fourth ODIs of the five-match series.

Afghanistan to host Ireland for full tour in India
Afghanistan’s Samiullah Shenwari, left, leaves the field after he got hurt on his face during the one day international cricket match of Asia Cup between India and Afghanistan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The series will feature top performers from sides. Top wicket takers from the last series, like Tim Murtagh from Ireland and Rashid from Afghanistan, will once again be up against each other.

Top scorers from the last series — Andrew Balbirnie of Ireland and Rahmat Shah (second highest scorer) of Afghanistan — would add strength to their respective batting line-ups.

In their last encounter, when Ireland hosted Afghanistan, the latter defeated them in both the T20 series as well as ODIs.