The Afghanistan vs Ireland one-off Test 2024 will start at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on February 28.

The upcoming Test match is part of a multi-format series which also includes three one-day internationals (ODIs) and three T20Is.

Ranked 11th in the ICC men’s Test team rankings, Afghanistan last played a Test match against Sri Lanka earlier this month. The visitors lost to Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the only Test of the series at the Sinhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground in Colombo.

Ahead of the Ireland series, the Afghanistan cricket team has announced their 16-member squad to be led by Hashmatullah Shahidi.

Rahmanullah Gurbaz has been included in the Afghanistan Test squad. The flamboyant wicketkeeper-batter is in line for a potential Test debut.

Uncapped leg-spinner Khalil Gurbaz has also been added to the squad.

Meanwhile, Yamin Ahmadzai and Mohammad Salim, who were part of Afghanistan's recent squad for the one-off Test against Sri Lanka, have been ruled out due to injuries.

On the other hand, the Ireland cricket team will be led by Andrew Balbirnie in Abu Dhabi.

Ireland are currently one place below Afghanistan in the 12th spot in the ICC men’s Test rankings.

As many as four uncapped players have been included in Ireland’s Test squad.

Matthew Foster, Barry McCarthy, Theo van Woerkom, and Craig Young will be in line to make their Test debut against Afghanistan.

Interestingly, only five members of Ireland's Test squad featured in their previous Test match against Afghanistan in Dehradun in March 2019.

Afghanistan vs Ireland head-to-head in Test cricket

Afghanistan beat Ireland by seven wickets in the only Test meeting between these two sides in 2019.

Electing to bat first, Ireland were bowled out for 172 in their first innings before Afghanistan posted 314 in reply. The William Porterfield-led Ireland later managed 288 in their second innings to set up a target of 147.

Under the leadership of Asghar Afghan, Afghanistan chased down the target in 47.5 overs to win the Test comprehensively.

Where to watch Afghanistan vs Ireland Test 2024 live in India

Live streaming of the Afghanistan vs Ireland Test 2024 will be available on the FanCode app and website in India. 

There will be no live telecast of the AFG vs IRE Test 2024 on any TV channel in India.

Afghanistan vs Ireland Test 2024 schedule and live match start times

All times in India Standard Time (IST)

Day and Date




Wednesday, February 28 - Sunday, March 3

Afghanistan vs Ireland, Only Test

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

11:00 AM IST

Afghanistan vs Ireland Test 2024 squads

Afghanistan Test squad: Hashmatullah Shahidi (captain), Rahmat Shah (vice-captain), Ikram Alikhil (wicketkeeper), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicketkeeper), Ibrahim Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Abdul Malik, Bahir Shah, Nasir Jamal, Karim Janat, Khalil Gurbaz, Zahir Khan, Zia-Ur-Rehman, Nijat Masood, Ibrahim Abdulrahimzai, Naveed Zadran

Ireland Test squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Matthew Foster, Graham Hume, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Peter Moor (wicketkeeper), Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wicketkeeper), Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young

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