World T20 news March 10, 2014

T20 Afghanistan's strong suit - Nabi

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi is looking forward to the World Twenty20 and believes the shortest format plays into his team's strengths. Also, several players in the squad already have some experience of the conditions, having played in the Bangladesh domestic circuit, and that's a plus, Nabi said.

"We prefer T20 cricket to ODIs. Anything can happen in T20 matches," Nabi said. "We are not targeting anything. We will just play positive cricket. We will play our natural game."

Players like Nabi, big-hitting wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, batsman Asghar Stanikzai and legspinning allrounder Samiullah Shenwari, who are likely to be key to Afghanistan's chances in the tournament's opening round, play in Bangladesh's domestic 50-overs club tournament, the Dhaka Premier Division (DPL). Among the players in the squad, batsmen Najibullah Zadran and Gulbadin Naib, also feature in the one-day competition, while pacer Hamid Hassan plays in the domestic T20s, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

"Six-seven players have already played in DPL and BPL, so we are learning," Nabi said. "Our team is good in T20 bowling, batting and fielding. We will try hard to go to the second round."

Afghanistan are grouped with Bangladesh, Nepal and Hong Kong in the first round of the tournament, and will have to top the group in order to progress and have a chance to take on the higher-ranked Test playing nations.

Nabi said the team has, of course, not forgotten its recent Asia Cup success against Bangladesh, but will not get carried away by it. The two face-off in the tournament's opener on March 16. "We will try hard to beat Bangladesh. It is good experience to play against Test nations. We got a good win against Bangladesh, that was good preparation for the World T20. We [had a chance to get] used to pitches and ground. [But] our first match against Bangladesh, it is still a tough match."

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  • Dummy4 on March 14, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    @ Shukoor Hadi Did you see Bangladesh's 2 T-20 matches with Srilanka? Srilanka is no1 team right now and they even don't say anything that they can beat BD hundred times. Afghanistan is good team and they just have lost to Zimbabwe today. Does it mean they will not do better? So what is the point thinking Bangladesh has suddenly become minor to Afghanistan?

  • Abdul on March 13, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Afghanistan has the ability to beat BD again and also beat other major teams

  • Pasan on March 12, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    I think Afganistan has a great chance to make a serious upset in this tournament. They have become to announce themselves more like Pakistan now. They pocess natural pacemen and Attacking batsmen that any other country cant find easily. The only difference i see between them and pakistan is that Afgans are really keen to win and they have cricket in their mind all around. Though Pakistan have got the talent and experience they never perform up to their level. But from the deepest from my heart i wish Afgan ti make a better impact.But never get overemotional like BD fans do as even now they think they are the best of the lot. I am proud to be a fan of my motherland Sri lanka where non have such overconfidence abt us. we have everything tho loose and nothing to loose at some cases .But as a SL I am proud that eventhough we hvnt won a WT20 yet and we are still the no.1 side in the world.our team dsnt have such a belief on them selves to make it overconfident and add extra lk

  • ESPN on March 12, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Good thing Nabi khan team need some changes if some changes come our team will be more good form present We have al lots of good players in u 19 team ex: fared and more

  • Ariful on March 12, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    I can't see any chances of Afghanistan if Bangladesh can even play 60% of their capabilities.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Well Said Nabi,

    You have strong arms in your team, as Bangladesh is awaited for the revenge of last match, but I believe on you and your confidence. cricket is the game of confidences and you surely can play a good game. Losing and winning is the part of game, but we need you to play a quality game. Thanks Nabi

    In Sha Allah you will get in to the next round.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Alhamdullillah, we have won the most important match against Bangladesh and we will prove our talent to all over the world once again ....

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    In my honest opinion, team Afghanistan is better than team Bangladesh and most probably they will create an upset again in T20 World Cup. As far as the professionalism is concerned, I think Mushfiq ur Rahim was way out when he said that he is waiting for revenge. I don't understand why he used the word Revenge. Afghan team did not kill Bangladeshis or did anything wrong to the Bangladeshi citizens, this is a real and true unprofessionalism. One of the comments say that we should throw out the politics from the game. I agree with the commentator because it pollute the environment and kills the spirit of game/entertainment. Please be sure that I am not an Afghani, Indian, Bangladeshi or Pakistani. I am an American and was just analyzing the comments. I apologize for anything wrong I said or hurt someone.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    First of all, I would like to thank Allah the great because without his support it would be even impossible to reach such a peek of improvement in world's cricket. Now it's above board to every body out in the glob that Afghan cricket is on the rise and insha Allah will gain the full test membership in near future. Afghanistan cricket team, however has some talented cricketers but they it also lacks good experience and coaching. Our team needs a good batting coach. Please guys, through away the politics from the cricket game, and always think positively. I don't say we are great and will beat all the teams in T20, but I wish and pray for my team to win matches. Thanks

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    @Hasibush Shaheed, You are telling that Afghan captain and team lack professionalism, here is what you captain says: "Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has said that they are looking to take revenge on Afghanistan in their opening day World T20 game on March 16. what revenge" win and loss is part of game if one doesn't lose then how could the another team win in the match... let me tell you that all Afghans including players have respect for BD team and people and appreciate BD's contribution in development of Afghan cricket but let the teams play their own politics of the game to pressurize each other, NO HARD FEELING bro.

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