Dehradun is Afghanistan’s second ‘home’ base in India after Greater Noida, near the national capital of New Delhi.
Afghanistan are scheduled to play India in their inaugural Test in Bengaluru on June 14.
Recently, the BCCI announced that all international teams visiting India will play one practice game against Afghanistan to provide regular international exposure to the team.
Dehradun is the second ‘home’ base provided to Afghanistan by the Indian cricket board after Greater Noida, near the national capital New Delhi. The venue will host three T20 matches from June 3-7.
The Afghans play their first-ever Test against India in Bengaluru on June 14, making the T20 series the only meaningful preparation for the match.
Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons admitted it’s not the best way to prepare for their five-day debut but said the players need to get on with it.
“It has been difficult with the T20 and Test squads training at the same time. But it is getting a bit easier as we are coming up to the game. That is how tours are planned now. You usually have Test matches first and then limited over series or vice versa. We just have to work around that,” Simmons was quoted as saying.
For the Afghans, spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman will be their main weapons. Both Mujeeb and Rashid had an outstanding IPL, finishing with 14 and 21 wickets respectively.
The pitch in Dehradun is on the slower side so expect both leg-spinners to inflict maximum damage in their eight overs. However, Mujeeb didn’t feature in the final stretch of the IPL after injuring his bowling hand and there is no clarity over his availability.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, will be without star pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman.
The Tigers called up medium pacer Abul Hasan to replace the Rahman who sustained a toe injury during in the IPL playing for Mumbai Indians.
Bangaldesh will have their task cut out as they will be playing against a side ranked two places higher than them (eighth) in the ICC rankings.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Najeeb Tarakai, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Shafiqullah, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Hider, Mehidy Hasan, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Islam
Rashid Khan is among four spinners picked by Afghanistan for their first-ever Test match against India next month.
Khan, who played in the IPL with 2018 runners-up Sunrisers Hyderabad, joins youngster Mujeeb ur Rahamn, who featured for Kings XI Punjab, Zahir Khan and Hamza Hotak in the 16-man squad for the match in Bangalore that starts on June 14.
The 19-year-old Khan was a star performer in the IPL with 21 wickets for Sunrisers Hyderabad, who lost in Sunday’s final to Chennai Super Kings.
Rahman, 17, also impressed in the same competition with 14 scalps for Kings XI Punjab.
Asghar Stanikzai will captain the country for the match which will be followed by three T20s against Bangladesh.
Those games will be played in the northern Indian city of Dehradun on June 3, 5 and 7.
Afghanistan have had their training base in India since 2015, and were given Test status last year with Ireland, who lost their first five-day match to Pakistan earlier this month.
Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Mohammad Shahzad, Javed Ahmadi, Ihsanullah Jannat, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Afsar Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan, Hamza Hotak, Syed Ahmad Sherzad, Yamin Ahmadzai, Wafadar Momand, Mujeeb ur Rahman
Squad for Bangladesh T20s:
Asghar Stanikzai (capt), Mohammad Shahzad, Najeebullah Tarakai, Usman Ghani, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Darwish Rasooli, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Jannat, Rashid Khan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, Aftab Alam