No Afghanistan fans were calling for such a drastic change ahead of a tournament as big as the World Cup, but the selectors opted to install a new captain, handing the duties to Gulbadin Naib.
But the bigger worry for Afghanistan is the decline in form of Rashid Khan.
The leggie’s meteoric rise as a trump card for his nation was not only attributed to his ability to bamboozle batsmen, but also his electrifying presence in the field and the capacity to set the stage ablaze with the bat as well.
It goes to show how Khan’s venomous leg spin can help Afghanistan take huge strides.
Khan carries the expectation of a nation. His form is synonymous with the team’s.
If beating sides like Sri Lanka and Bangladesh then challenging India and Pakistan, Afghanistan is expected to tie Australia in a deadlock at Bristol when they face them in their opening game at the World Cup.
For all that the Afghan team have achieved in the past year, playing with freedom will also form an integral part of their game play.
In one of the tightest ever World Cup tournaments, it will be interesting to see how the emerging cricket nation copes with the pressure.
No side has failed to live up to expectations at the Cricket World Cup more consistently than South Africa, and it looks as if the Proteas are in for yet another tournament in which they don’t make the final. South Africa World Cup squad Faf du Plessis (c), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock (wk), Hashim […]
It really only feels like a few months ago that Australian cricket fans were on edge about the relative elasticity of Michael Clarke’s hamstring, but the 2019 Cricket World Cup starting later this month confirms the harsh reality that Clarke’s hammy lost national interest four years ago.
With the weeks dwindling until their first official World Cup fixture against Afghanistan on June 1, the Australian set up still finds itself grappling with the constitution of their preferred top order.
With a series of ODI matches in English conditions under the belt, Pakistan will come into the 2019 Cricket World Cup ready to rumble, but their recent results suggest it could be a long six weeks for Sarfraz Ahmed’s side.