ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib Reveals Afghanistan Players’ Mental Condition For The Upcoming Tournament
Afghanistan’s new ODI captain Gulbadin Naib believes that they have prepared well for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Recently, he has claimed that the Afghanistan players have high morale for the forthcoming World Cup.
The 10th-ranked ODI side Afghanistan is set to play their second World Cup in the upcoming edition. While England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July, Afghanistan will begin their journey on 1st June when they will play against the defending champions Australia at Bristol.
Recently, Afghanistan’s national selectors have changed international captaincy. While Asghar Afghan was leading this side in every international format, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan and Rahmat Shah have replaced him as the ODI, T20I and Test captain respectively. Later, many national cricketers have openly criticised for this captaincy changes just before the World Cup.
However, Naib has recently clarified that the team morale is high for the upcoming World Cup. He further added that everyone was very excited to participate in the Cricket World Cup.
On this Monday (29th April), Naib told AFP, “When I look at my team, we prepared very well the last couple of months. The guys have a [high] morale, everyone is very excited to be participating in the World Cup.”
Recently, many Afghanistan players were present in a pre-World Cup camp in South Africa. Naib is happy with their training at that camp.
Gulbadin Naib is hoping for the good results in the upcoming World Cup
To qualify for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, Afghanistan had to play the 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe in March 2018. Though they struggled at the beginning of that tournament, they dramatically made a comeback at later. Afghanistan has qualified for the upcoming World Cup after winning that Qualifier tournament. In the final of that Qualifier, this Asian side beat the two-time World Cup winners Windies by seven wickets.
Since then, Afghanistan has maintained their incredible performances in international cricket. They achieved some great successes in the Asia Cup 2018 in UAE in last September. In the Group Stages of that tournament, they won both the matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Later, in the Super Four stage, Afghanistan suffered two very close defeats against Pakistan and Bangladesh while they tied against India.
Many cricket fans are excited to watch Afghanistan in the upcoming World Cup. Many experts highly believe that Afghanistan will upset some top teams in the forthcoming World Cup.
Meanwhile, their new ODI captain Naib is also hoping for a similar thing in the upcoming World Cup.
He added, “I hope so. It’s cricket … anything can happen.”
Afghanistan played their first Cricket World Cup in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. In that tournament, they won one match (against Scotland) but impressed with their performances.
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