Ahead of the clash against India on Saturday, Afghanistan Cricket Team skipper Gulbadin Naib addressed a press conference in Southampton on Friday.
Afghanistan’s World Cup campaign has been disappointing till now as they sit at the bottom of the points table with zero points losing all their five matches. Their next opponent, India, are the fan favourites are most likely to win but Naib said the team believes that every opponent is equal and we approach every game with equal effort and importance.
“We haven’t been winning but we have been doing a lot of things alright. We are focusing on each game, 50 overs at a time. The plan is to forget the disappointments and focus on playing good cricket. India is one of the best teams in the tournament, the game won’t be easy, They will be coming very hard at us” said Naib.
Naib and company are glad that they are playing nine games this World Cup. “Each game is a learning process,” said Naib. The skipper sounded hopeful when he talked about how Afghanistan has come a long way, achieving the test status, ranked as one of the top 10 teams (according to the ICC rankings) in the world. He added that everyone is aware that we are a growing side.
“Our country has not been going through the greatest times but it is getting better. We are playing the World Cup and not an associate tournament. Each team we play will give their best. We like to concentrate on the positives, playing the World Cup is an achievement and we are grateful. The matches we have lost, we were not at our best, Afghanistan Cricket is capable of doing much more. Our board is trying very hard to organize tournaments with bigger teams and hopefully, we will see that happening soon. Afghanistan will be a different team one day,” said the very hopeful Afghani skipper, Naib.
Afghanistan will be looking to outperform India on Saturday and get two crucial points to open their account in the World Cup points table. But will the hope be enough? Fans will have to wait and find out.