Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Afghanistan's cricket stars, are to leave for Abu Dhabi this week ahead of the country's One-Day International (ODI) series with Ireland in the UAE.
Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb ur Rahman have all been named as part of the country's 16-man squad that will face Ireland in three ODIs from January 21.
Rashid, now playing for the Adelaide Strikers, is the national vice-captain, and will play his final match of BBL on Monday night – January 10--against the Melbourne Stars in Adelaide, which will also be his 50th appearance for the club, according to Cricket.com report.
"When your national team needs you, you have to go and do your duties, but at the same time I will miss playing with my blue brothers," Rashid said, according to the report.
"Of course, I love everything about Adelaide and playing for the Strikers, it is such a beautiful place and ground and all the fans have been wonderful since I started here four years ago.
"I wish my team-mates well for the rest of the tournament and hopefully we will make finals and go further than that."
The Brisbane Heat are expecting to still have Mujeeb for two more fixtures, including tonight's match against the Sydney Sixers on the Gold Coast, and Thursday's match against the Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium, said Cricket.com.
"It looks like the Renegades game will be the last one for Mujeeb," Heat coach Darren Lehmann said, adding that "It's been wonderful having him again and we believe his bowling has gone to a new level this summer."
Mujeeb claimed career best and club record figures of 5-15 against the Hobart Hurricanes and has taken 12 wickets so far this season for the Heat at 14.33 and an economy of 6.61.
Rashid has 14 wickets for the Strikers at 17.07 and an economy of 6.82 and the club will turn to Liam O'Connor after his departure
The Melbourne Renegades have already lost Nabi who has departed Australia en route to Abu Dhabi for national duty.
On Sunday, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said that four other bowlers--Qais Ahmad, Fazal Haq, Hamza Hotak and Farid Malik--have joined the national cricket team in the UAE to prepare for the upcoming series.
On Saturday, the team began their training in UAE as the matches will kick-off on January 21, 24 and 26.
The matches will be play at Abu Dhabi's Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, ACB said.
The series was scheduled to begin on January 18 but will now instead start three days later following a request by the ACB.
Cricket Ireland agreed to the delay which was in part caused by the Covid-19 quarantine regulations.