A few days back, Mohammad Nabi, who was appointed the captain of the Afghanistan cricket team, admitted that captaining the team in the T20 World Cup is difficult but he will try his best to take his team forward. Nabi was made the captain of the Afghanistan team on October 10 after star all-rounder Rashid Khan refused to become the captain saying that his opinion was not taken before choosing the team.
The 36-year-old Nabi has also been the captain of the team between 2013 and 2015. “Captaincy is a very tough responsibility. I will try my best to ensure that the team plays well in the tournament. Excited to play as captain,” he told the media in a conference call ahead of the T20 World Cup starting on Sunday. “
The Afghanistan team has to play the first match against the first round qualifier team on 25 October. They have been placed in Group Two along with India, Pakistan, New Zealand and a qualifier. Despite the Taliban ruling Afghanistan, the team has made it to the World Cup.
There was much bloodshed and violence in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of American forces. The prophet refused to speak on the issue and only mentioned visa issues. “The team has been preparing for the last one and a half months. There were some issues with the visa issue due to which the players could not come to the UAE early. They were practicing in Qatar,” he said.
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Former Zimbabwe cricketer and England coach Andy Flower will be Afghanistan’s batting consultant, while South Africa’s Lance Klusner will be the head coach and former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait will be the bowling coach.