Afghanistan vs. Zimbabwe 2021
1st Test – Tue, 2nd March
The most recent Test team, Afghanistan, are prepared to play their fifth Test, their first Test ever since November 2019. In their first four games, Afghanistan triumphed twice and was defeated twice. Nevertheless, it is going to be Afghanistan’s first-ever Test series containing more than one game.
Asghar Afghan is set to lead the Afghanistan Test team, who led their first two Tests. They have a decent number of new players for this Test series. They have the uncapped men of Munir Ahmad Kakar, Abdul Malik, Bahir Shah Mohboob, Shahidullah Kamal, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Saleem Safi, and Zia Ur Rahman Akbar.
Three-Test skilled Hashmatullah Shahidi has also returned to the Test roster, who missed out on their last Test team against West Indies in India.
Afghanistan’s former Test captain Rashid Khan is unlikely for this Test series’ opening game due to his finger wound, which he got during his latest stint in the PSL 2021.
Possible playing XI: Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Nasir Jamal, Asghar Afghan (capt), Amir Hamza, Afsar Zazai (wk), Fazalhaq Farooqi/Mohammed Saleem, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sayed Shirzad.
Can Zimbabwe make a mark?
Zimbabwe is set to play their first international match in this agenda year which will also be their first Test match ever since February 2020. Since 2014, they have triumphed only one Test, which was against Bangladesh.
Sean Williams has previously led the Zimbabwe squad in two Tests during the last year, and the upcoming match will be his third game as a skipper. Richard Ngarava and Wesley Madhevere are the two uncapped Test players in their newest Test squad.
Possible playing XI: Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams (capt), Brandon Mavuta, Regis Chakabva (wk), Donald Tiripano, Wesley Madhevere, Ryan Burl, Blessing Muzarabani, Victor Nyauchi.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
Less than 24 hours before the Test, captains had yet to see the competing wicket, but on previous proof, the UAE’s pitches tend to be calm for the first few days before getting change as the match holds on.
It will perhaps be hard work for the fast bowlers, who will need to be at their fastest to get something out of the track. Winter may be the most enjoyable time to play in this part of the earth, but temperatures are still set to get up into the 30s, with clear blues and no wind projected throughout. The series will compete behind closed doors.
We reckon the toss will be crucial, as batting first will be the skipper’s first choice on these hard pitches.
It will be the first-ever game between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. While Zimbabwe is battling in international cricket for a long time, Afghanistan has once again astonished their early phase of Test cricket.
While both sides are eager to achieve success in this Test series, Afghanistan is the pick in this Test series opener. They enter this game at the odds of 1.21. Whereas Zimbabwe is at 8.50 and draw is 9.00.