Basseterre – Afghanista is taking on West Indies in their own den today, June 3 in the first T20 of the three-match series at Basseterre.
Having coming off an impressive performance against Ireland in the One-Day International (ODI) series at Greater Noida in India, visitors Afghanistan look to make a name for themselves, when they take on hosts West Indies, in the first of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series at the Warner Park, in Basseterre, St Kitts on Friday.
The live cricket streaming of the match will be available in India on Sony LIV, along with the live telecast on Ten 3. In Afghanistan, the match will be telecasted on Afghan TV, while in West Indies. West Indies, having not playing the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, too would look to make a name for themselves.
This two-week campaign in the Caribbean is overshadowed by the Champions Trophy in England, featuring the top eight nations in ODI’s.
Afghanistan’s historic first series against the West Indies is only possible because the 2004 Champions Trophy winners and twice-beaten finalists failed for the first time to qualify for a global International Cricket Council event and are also in danger of ng to go through a qualifying tournament next year in Bangladesh to get to the 2019 World Cup, also to be played in England.
Since the dramatic victory over England in the World T20 final 14 months ago in Kolkata, West Indies have won just two of nine T20 Internationals.
In sharp contrast, Afghanistan are on an 11-match winning streak although the significance of that achievement is tempered by the fact that 10 of those wins were also against Associate Member nations, the lower rank of competing countries under the banner of the ICC.
Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton (wicketkeeper), Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Jason Mohammed, Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Jerome Taylor, Samuel Badree, Kesrick Williams
Ashgar Stanikzai (captain), Usman Ghani, Gulbadin Naib, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Karim Janat, Shafiqullah Shafaq (wicketkeeper), Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan, Amir Hotak, Shapoor Zadran