ACB announces national squad for U19 Asia Cup 2023

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Monday announced the 14-member national U19s squad set to compete in the ACC Men’s U19 Asia Cup 2023, commencing on December 8 in Dubai, UAE.

Leading the squad will be left-arm spin bowling all-rounder Naseer Khan.

The 14-player Afghanistan U19 team includes four backup reserve players, with an additional two serving as backups in line with ACB’s strategic preparations for the ICC Men’s U19 Asia Cup in 2024.

Several members of the squad have prior experience, having been part of the Afghanistan U19 Squad in bilateral series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, as well as featuring in a tri-series involving the same opponents.

Afghanistan U19s Squad for the Tri-Series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka:

Naseer Khan (C)

Wafiullah Tarakhil

Jamshid Zadran

Khalid Taniwal

Akram Mohammadzai

Sohail Khan Zurmati

Rahimullah Zurmati

Noman Shah Agha

Mohammad Younus Zadran

Allah Mohammad Ghazanfar

Wahidullah Zadran

Bashir Ahmad Afghan

Faridoon Dawoodzai

Khalil Ahmad


Hizbullah Durrani

Ali Ahmad Nasar

Mohammad Asif

Nasir Hassan

Backup Reserves:

Adam Khan Andar

Faheem Qasemi

Afghanistan is placed in Group A alongside India, Nepal, and Pakistan. The team kicks off their campaign against India U19s on Friday, December 8, at the ICC Academy Oval 1 in Dubai.

Event Schedule:

Friday, December 8: Afghanistan U19 vs India U19, ICC Academy Oval 1

Sunday, December 10: Afghanistan U19 vs Nepal U19, ICC Academy Oval 2

Tuesday, December 12: Afghanistan U19 vs Pakistan U19, ICC Academy Oval 1

Friday, December 15: Semi-Finals, Dubai International Stadium

Sunday, December 17: Final, Dubai International Stadium