Afghanistan men who are going to make their World Cup debut in the 12th edition of Men’s Cricket Cup have proved their intentions to give tough competition to their opponents in the 50-over tournament starting from May 30 till July 14. This comes after the Afghanistan squad defeated Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan by three wickets in their very first warm-up match on Thursday. The credit of the astonishing win goes to young middle-order batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi who played a wonderful knock of unbeaten 74 runs while chasing down the target of 263 runs on the score board.
Apart from the brilliant efforts of 24-year-old left-handed batsman, Afghanistan superstars Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan also helped the side to cross the finish line as Nabi gave only 46 runs to the opponents by taking three crucial wickets while Khan gave 27 runs for as many as two wickets. Both the players have been in excellent form and both made their last appearance in recently concluded Indian Premier League 2019. Moreover, legendary player Nabi also showed his batting talent in the fixture besides bowling performance. The 34-year-old all-rounder scored a total of 34 runs off 41 balls before losing his wicket to Mohammed Hasnain in 47th over. Nabi’s cameo included three wonderful boundaries which boosted up his squad’s confidence to win the game.
Right in the beginning of the second innings Afghanistan men seemed in attacking form and the star opener Hazrtullah Zazai gave a good start to the team by establishing a better score on the board. He bagged almost a half century (49 runs) off 28 balls which made it easier for the team to chase down the target.
Afghanistan will next take on the hosting team England in the second warm-up fixture on May 27 at The Oval Stadium, London. Moreover the Gulbadin Naib-led squad will start its grand cricket cup campaign against World Cup champions Australia on June 1 at Bristol County Ground, England.
Furthermore, all the cricket fans in Afghanistan will get a chance to watch World Cup matches live in this year’s edition of ICC World Cup as the state broadcaster Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) is going to broadcast the tournament with the permission of International Cricket Council. Not only this, big fan parks will also be organised in the country with the help of other media partners.