Afghanistan team have been a source of happiness for the entire cricket playing nations. Cricket as a sport hasn’t seen the expansion it deserves, the number of associate nations are on the rise but Test format has hardly seen a new team donning the whites. Moreover, Zimbabwe have struggled maintaining its Test status. The only good news has been Afghanistan doing all sorts of wonder to give a ray of hope for cricket.
Zimbabwe have not only consistently overshadowed their contemporaries like Canada, Hing Kong and UAE but also have walked on a pedestal higher than that of Ireland, Scotland, Kenya and Zimbabwe in the the recent times. The best news came for them when fixture of their one-off Test match in Australia was confirmed recently.
The Asian team have resumed its training and their captain Asghar Afghan has told that their target would be to perform well in the limited overs format when the game resumes. Afghan’s thought is completely justified as Asia Cup and T20 World Cup will be the two biggest tournaments for his side (if possible) in the coming future.
“We have focused more on T20 players. So if it is possible that we play Asia Cup, T20 World Cup or our bilateral series against Zimbabwe, we should be fully prepared. I hope that we will be fully prepared in the camp for the upcoming competitions,” Afghan said in a video message on Thursday,” Asghar Afghan told Cricbuzz.
A confident Afghan also claimed that his team have the capacity to win the Asia Cup given the players improve in batting and fielding departments. Afghan talked highly of spinner and called them “world-class”.
“(We are) considering that the Asia Cup or the T20 World Cup is going to be held. For this very reason, we have put on this training camp to be better prepared. Our goal will be to play better cricket in the Asia Cup…because the games are going to be played in Asia, and our spinners are world-famous. That is why we need to work more on our fielding and batting for the Asia Cup and we can hope to reach final or even win the Asia Cup,” he said.
Asghar Afgan also took the opportunity to thanks the coaching staff who are working tirelessly to ensure that players are ready when the time arrives for them to deliver. Head coach Lance Klusener is yet to join the team in their month-long preparatory camp which started from June 6. Only 5 players are being allowed to train at a time because of the coronavirus protocol.
“The camp has been very important, because if you look at the last thirty, forty or even fifty years, nothing has happened in the world of cricket that has made the world so complicated. Because of COVID-19 that is (the case) now. That is why the camp was so much needed and in this regard, I would like to thank the coaches who are working during different phases in the training camp with the players on different fields. They tirelessly work from morning till 5pm every day,” said Afghan.
“If games are to be played in the future, we have to be fully prepared. Now that the 24-player training camp has commenced – and although we had planned to do a 35-player camp before Covid-19 but unfortunately the situation is different now – we have to abide by all the rules and regulations from ICC and our own health departments, which means no more than five players can practice at one time,” Asghar Afghan added.