KABUL: Afghanistan’s World Cup preparations have been thrown off kilter once they controversially determined to exchange profitable captain Asghar Afghan with the little-known Gulbadin Naib two months earlier than the event.
Below Asghar, Afghanistan had made critical progress, beating Bangladesh and Sri Lanka eventually 12 months’s Asia Cup within the United Arab Emirates and even tying a sport with India on the event.
Asghar was assured his spin trio of Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi may dismantle any staff as soon as they’d a preventing complete on the board.
Seven months later the skipper was unceremoniously dethroned, upsetting matchwinners Rashid and Nabi weeks earlier than solely Afghanistan’s second look within the world 50-over showpiece.
“With simply months to go for such a mega occasion just like the World Cup, altering the captain will trigger uncertainty and in addition staff morale shall be affected,” stated Rashid, who was made Twenty20 captain.
“Asghar ought to stay as our staff captain. His captaincy is extremely instrumental for staff success.”
Former captain Nabi supported Rashid’s views publicly on social media.
“I don’t suppose it’s the best time to alter the captain earlier than the WC. The staff has gelled rather well below Ashgar & personally really feel he’s the best man to steer us,” tweeted Nabi.
Afghanistan’s former coach Kabir Khan stated the change may have a detrimental influence on the staff.
“The change is political,” Kabir instructed AFP. “Had they needed a change, it ought to have been achieved after the World Cup.
“I really feel the change will certainly have an effect on Afghanistan as each Naib and Asghar shall be below stress.”
Kabir, who oversaw Afghanistan’s swift rise as a drive in worldwide cricket, is assured that regardless of the upheaval, the Afghans won’t lose their battling qualities.
“I don’t suppose their preventing spirit shall be any much less however a brand new captain will discover it powerful,” he stated.
With the return of quick bowler Hamid Hasan, Afghanistan’s assault has extra venom.
However their hopes lie with Rashid, Mujeeb and Nabi, who’ve been the important thing males lately, serving to Afghanistan make it by the qualifying competitors in Zimbabwe final 12 months.
Rashid, ranked third within the ODI bowlers’rankings and primary in Twenty20 internationals, grabbed 14 wickets and Mujeeb claimed 16 scalps as Afghanistan edged by regardless of a scare.
However to permit their spinners to wreak havoc, Afghanistan, who face Australia in Bristol on June 1 of their event opener, have to put difficult totals on the board.
The emergence of dashing opener Hazratullah Zazai will add firepower on the high of the order alongside stocky Mohammad Shahzad, dropped from the 2015 World Cup for being chubby.
Zazai smashed six sixes in an over within the Afghanistan Premier League (APL) in 2018 and hit the second-highest rating in T20 internationals of 162 not out — together with 16 sixes — in opposition to Eire in February 2019.
Asghar, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari and Nabi kind a robust batting line up however should alter to unfamiliar English circumstances.
The primary job although for the brand new captain shall be to rally the troops after the change in command.