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Star Cricketer rules himself out of the ODI series

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Afghanistan will host the Netherlands for a three-match ODI series in Qatar in January 2022. The three ODIs which are scheduled to be held in Late January, are part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League, which counts towards qualification for the ICC Men’s CWC 2023. The three-match ODI series will begin on January 21st, with the second and third games set to be played on January 23rd and 25th respectively. All three games will be staged at Asian Town Cricket Stadium, Doha, Qatar. Afghanistan has played only one series of three ODIs in the Super League against Ireland earlier this year, winning all three games and carrying 30 points from the three matches they have played.

Afghanistan National cricket team will feature in seven three-match ODI series on a home and away basis, including the upcoming home series against the Netherlands, followed by an away series against Zimbabwe in Jan-February. The National team is scheduled to host Australia & Pakistan and will then travel. to India, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka in their away three series at the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League till 2023. The series against Netherlands will be the second assignment followed by the third in Zimbabwe between January and February.

The ICC Cricket World Cup Super League is a 13-team tournament that will take place across two years and will determine which teams qualify for the CWC 2023. India, who are the hosts in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, and the other top seven teams from the Super League, will qualify automatically for the World Cup. The World Cup which is scheduled after every four years is all set to take place in India for the year 2023. England stand to be the defending champions who grabbed the glory in 2019 while defeating New Zealand. The English side under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan went on to grab the WC in 2019 while dominating NZ by the ‘boundary count’ rule which was later scrapped owing to controversies around it. It was brought into the scene after the Super Over couldn’t seal the fate of the game two years back.

"The three-match ODI series will begin on January 21st, with the second and third game set to be played on January 23rd and 25th respectively. All three games will be staged at Asian Town Cricket Stadium, Doha, Qatar," ACB said in a statement. Afghanistan grabbed 30 points after whitewashing Ireland 3-0 in the first series in January under the ODI Super League, which counts towards qualification for the 2023 World Cup.

The series against Netherlands will be the second assignment followed by the third in Zimbabwe between January and February. Afghanistan is scheduled to host Australia & Pakistan and will then travel to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their away three series at the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League till 2023. The ICC Cricket World Cup Super League is a 13-team tournament that will take place across two years and will determine which teams qualify to the CWC 2023.

Mohammad Nabi rules himself out of Netherlands ODI series

Veteran Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has ruled himself out of the three-match ODI series against the Netherlands in a bid to give youngsters a chance to play at the highest level. The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Saturday, January 15, announced an 18-member squad for the white-ball games and named Hashmatullah Shahidi as their skipper. The 37-year-old Nabi, recently, led the Afghans in the T20 World Cup 2021 in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Mohammad Nabi recently played for the Melbourne Renegades, led by Nic Maddinson, in the 2021-22 edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia. Prior to that, Nabi also plied his trade for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), now led by Kane Williamson, in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL), although he didn’t get a whole lot of chances to play.

Nabi’s decision to not play against the Netherlands comes after Naveen-ul-Haq took a break from ODIs to prepare for the T20 World Cup later this year in Australia. For the upcoming series in Doha, the Afghans have quite a few uncapped ODI cricketers, namely Fazal Farooqi, Shahidullah Kamal, and Hassan Riaz.

The three ODIs are set to take place on Friday, January 21, Sunday, January 23, and Tuesday, January 25 at the West End Park International Cricket Stadium in Doha. The matches are a part of the ICC World Cup Super League from where the top seven teams will qualify for the mega event in India.

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