ICC World Cup 2019: Rashid Khan Clears Stance on his Relationship with Afghanistan Skipper Gulbadin Naib
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has made it clear that he does not have any problem whatsoever with his national team skipper, Gulbadin Naib, who has replaced Asghar Afghan ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019.
The celebrated leg-spinner Rashid is having a tough time at the ongoing twelfth edition of the World Cup. So far, in five matches the prominent spinner has managed to bag just three wickets.
Besides, Rashid has conceded 224 runs off 191 deliveries. Thus, he is currently sitting at fifth among Afghanistan bowlers with Naib himself bagging five scalps in as many games.
When asked about his relationship with Naib, Rashid revealed there is no problem between the duo. Pertinently, Rashid alongside former Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi voiced their opinion by raising questions over the appointment of Naib as a leader.
Rashid Khan is backing Gulbadin Naib 100 per cent:
While clearing the air, the 20-year-old spinner Rashid conceded that he is supporting Naib. He further maintained if he has supported Asghar 50 per cent during latter’s tenure, he is backing Naib 100 per cent at the ODI showpiece.
“I think there is no problem in my relationship with Gulbadin. I support him as much as I did when Asghar was the captain. If I supported Asghar 50 per cent on the field, Gulbadin has my 100 per cent support,” Rashid told PTI in an exclusive interview.
Rashid Khan plays for the country, Afghanistan:
Rashid, who further maintained he’s not playing for the board and Naib. He, in his loud tone, continued he has donned the jersey for his country and the proud flag.
Also, he asserted that he hasn’t tweeted in anything in favour of Asghar rather he has always opted for the betterment of cricket in the conflict-torn country.
“Neither do I play for Gulbadin nor for the cricket board. I play for the flag, for Afghanistan. I know what my job is and I will continue doing that. That tweet by me or Nabi, wasn’t in support of Asghar. We raised our voice for the betterment of Afghanistan cricket,” Rashid said.
Rashid said media has blown it out of proportion. Also, he added they (Afghanistan players) share a great bound and have been playing alongside each for over 15-16 years.
The wily customer is further taken aback while questioning if nothing has happened long back, then what is the point of changing in a couple of days.
“Right from the time we landed in England, no one has spoken about the issue. I think it was blown out of proportion by the media. Some of us have been playing together for 15-16 years. So if nothing has happened in more than a decade, then what can suddenly change in a day or two,” Rashid added.
Now, with five losses in a row, Afghanistan will face mighty India on June 22 in Southampton. The leggie is keen to make an impact in their sixth overall World Cup game.
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