The Afghanistan Cricket Board has included chinaman bowler Zahir Khan Pakteen and medium fast bowler Sayed Ahmad Shirzad in the Afghanistan Test team for the upcoming match against Ireland. The Afghanistan Vs Ireland Test will be played from 15-19 March in Dehradun.

Chief Selector Dawlat Ahmadzai said: “Both Zahir Khan and Sayed Shirzad have very good bowling records in first-class cricket and have played in the ICC Intercontinental Cup for Afghanistan. We were waiting for Zahir’s fitness report when announcing the initial 14-member Test squad and now that he is fully fit, we have decided to include him to the squad.”

Afghanistan’s 16-member squad: Asghar Afghan(captain), Mohammad Shahzad (wicket-keeper), Ihsanullah Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Alikhail, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sharafudin Ashraf, Waqar Salamkhail, Zahir Khan and Sayed Shirzad.