The Bangladesh cricket team will start their Asia Cup 2022 campaign against Afghanistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, August 30. The Group B match will start at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).

Under captain Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh have made several changes to their T20I squad for the Asia Cup. Former captain Mushfiqur Rahim and middle-order batter Sabbir Rahman have returned to the 17-member squad. 

Pacer Ebadot Hossain and all-rounder Mohammad Saifuddin have also been included in Bangladesh’s Asia Cup squad.

On the other hand, Afghanistan will be brimming with confidence after they defeated Sri Lanka by eight wickets in their opening match of the tournament. With two points on the board, the Mohammad Nabi-led side are currently leading the Group B standings.

BAN vs AFG Dream11 prediction for Asia Cup 2022

Afghanistan have a superior head-to-head record against Bangladesh in T20I cricket, winning five of the eight matches that they have played so far. Bangladesh have managed just three victories.

The last time these two sides met in the shortest format, Afghanistan secured an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in Mirpur earlier in March of this year.

Going by recent form and the past head-to-head record, Afghanistan will start as favourites against Bangladesh in their Asia Cup 2022 encounter on Tuesday.

BAN vs AFG Dream11 team tips for Asia Cup Qualifiers 2022

Top tip: Best batter

Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah will be the batter to watch out for. The veteran cricketer has been one of the standout batters for Bangladesh in T20Is, amassing 2,070 runs in 119 matches at an average of 23.52 and a strike rate of 117.61. Selected by 85.62 percent fantasy players, Mahmudullah will be a great pick at 9 credits.

Top tip: Best bowler

Among the bowlers, Afghanistan’s Fazalhaq Farooqi will be a smart pick at just 8.5 credits. The left-arm fast bowler was the wrecker-in-chief for Afghanistan against Sri Lanka as he picked three wickets for 11 runs in his 3.4 overs. Having already accrued 131 fantasy points and seemingly in good form, one must Fazalhaq Farooqi in their fantasy cricket team.

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan will be the overwhelming choice. Considered to be one of the greatest spin-bowling all-rounders in cricket history, Shakib has scored 2,010 runs in 99 T20Is at a strike rate of 120.86. He has also claimed 121 T20I wickets at an average of 19.95 and an economy of 6.69. Selected by 94.65 percent fantasy players, Shakib Al Hasan could be a quality fantasy investment at 9.5 credits.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz is the top fantasy recommendation over Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh. Besides fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities which has already seen him claim two catches in the tournament, Gurbaz smashed 40 runs off just 18 balls while opening the batting in his team’s last outing. At 9 credits, the Afghanistan gloveman could be a valuable addition to any fantasy team.

BAN vs AFG full squads for Asia Cup 2022

Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Anamul Haque (wicket-keeper), Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Afif Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mustafizur Rahman, Nasum Ahmed, Sabbir Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Parvez Hossain Emon (wicket-keeper), Mohammad Naim

Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Najibullah Zadran, Afsar Zazai (wicket-keeper), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wicket-keeper), Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shinwari. Standby: Nijat Masood, Qais Ahmed, Sharafuddin Ashraf

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