Afghanistan captain, Asghar Stanikzai, has been diagnosed with appendicitis and will shortly undergo a surgery in a local hospital in Zimbabwe. The doctors have advised that he will be able to return to cricket in approximately 10 days. Current vice-captain Rashid Khan will lead the team in his absence.
Afghanistan is scheduled to play warm up matches against West Indies and Netherlands on 27th February and 1st March, respectively, in Harare before they travel to Bulawayo for the group-stage matches of the ICC World Cup Qualifier. Afghanistan take on Scotland on 4th March 2018 to launch their campaign for qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.