World T20 news March 10, 2014

T20 Afghanistan's strong suit - Nabi

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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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  • 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?

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

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

  • DiamondSoul 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 pressure.gd lk

  • 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

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

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

  • on March 12, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-t20/content/story/726543.html

    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.

  • 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 ....

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

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

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

  • DiamondSoul 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 pressure.gd lk

  • 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

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

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

  • on March 12, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/world-t20/content/story/726543.html

    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.

  • 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 ....

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • K_M_Iqbal on March 11, 2014, 13:44 GMT

    Best of luck Afghanistan go ahead with confidence you will won Insha Allah

  • on March 11, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Best of luck Afghanistan , you are good team, no doubt. But should you not respect BD too? In T-20 its not like one day game, it any one's game. It is more like gambling. Even Countries like Srilanka and Last time champion West Indies do no say something so proud in public. It shows lack of professionalism that Afghan team has unlike Srilanka or West Indies. They are talking about their 6 all-rounder and 10 batsman , but can they bat like even Srilanka or India? They even could not stand against them in Asia cup. Bangladesh accept Afghanistan player close match to all major teams. what about other games they played after Bangladesh match?outstanding performance? where are those 10 great batsmen against India? They have face full strength BD team,yet they disrespect the host team. This is not a spirit of the game.We BD respect Afghan team as well as Nepal and Honkkong, and we believe they would give the same respect.

  • Captainman on March 11, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    Afghanistan are an overrated team and will be sent packing early on Sunday.

  • pirmohamed on March 11, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    good luck guys in T20s inShaAllah and we wish Gulbuddin well do the job

  • on March 11, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    I hope nabi u will show our nation talent to all over the world nd wish u best of luck Afghan Tigers

  • Rawidawoodzada on March 11, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    The improvements which the Afghan Cricket Team is currently having have been obtained from the last less than ten years, i am very hopeful for their future

  • nasruddinmansor on March 11, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    inshallah we will win match

  • on March 11, 2014, 9:46 GMT

    Inshallah we trust by Allah^ we will be beat Bangladesh... .

  • Amjed.Afghan on March 11, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Afghanistan has strong players for T20, As we beat Bangladish in Aisa Cup this time will beat them again in T20 , Insha Allah

  • Greenwinners on March 11, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Pleased to see a tough Afghanistan Team, Best of luck from Pakistan. Bangladesh does not deserve more than Afghanistan as far as performance is concerned.

  • FHZAHID on March 11, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan for opening round of T20 WC. Bangladesh will come very strong against them and will be looking to show their aggression against Asia Cup defeat.

  • on March 11, 2014, 6:55 GMT

    We are very strong team we have very good hitters and bowlers inshullah we will will defeat Bangladish again good luck Afghan boysssss

  • wardak2 on March 11, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Now is the time to declare who will win, saying is not sign of win Afg play really good if this time Afghanistan win then Mushafiq Rahim should abdicate from BD Team.

    Wish you all the best Afghanistan

  • on March 11, 2014, 6:18 GMT

    Afghanistan play a unique brand of cricket. They bring much to the game, I hope they progress as a team. Them along with Ireland should seriously be considered to be given test status. They won't improve by just playing the associate nations and the top teams once every year.

  • on March 11, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Just attack on Bangladishi bowlers and accumulate atleast 300 runs on scoreboard, they will not talk again, against our team at all. Best Luck Tigers.

  • on March 11, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    I like afghan tiger

  • on March 11, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Yes we do better in T20s inShaAllah wish to see Gulbuddin in form.

  • siddhartha87 on March 11, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    despite being new to the international cricket Nabi shows why is he matured than Mushfiqur. Pls M.Nabi and team,beat Bang on 16th and beat them convincingly

  • on March 11, 2014, 4:39 GMT

    Well thats is true, but if your company pocus on spin Bolling

  • on March 11, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    best of luck Afghanistan.

  • Udendra on March 11, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    yes, Afghans are shorter-format material. Certainly not longer-format.

  • Abhijeth_Manohar on March 11, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    All I can say - Afghanistan, you're making me love cricket all the more. Looking forward to some good performances from your team

  • Manik_mia on March 11, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Do not under estimate even Hong Kong. They have good players.

  • JamKam on March 10, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    @BigINDFan ..Just to add to your comment.If Afghan reach the next round and needed any advice to chase down India,they should contact Shahid Afridi too.

  • on March 10, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    i guess this super 10 thing will certainly make this event very interesting.....

  • on March 10, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Good luck, Ins sha Allah wll play good game against BD

  • on March 10, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    its really stupid of ICC atleast they should give chance to these 4 teams,which can give good fight to other teams, its not good 2 of them can go through the rest 2 should drop, really bad

  • Vijay_P_S on March 10, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    It's a shame that only one of Afg and Ban can qualify. Same thing with the other group where only one of Ire and Zim can qualify. Smaller nations can compete the best in the T20 format and they are not even given a fair chance. The format should have been designed as Top12 instead of Top10.

  • BigINDFan on March 10, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Afg stand a good chance to go to Round 2 since BD is the only major threat. The plan for Nabi and his team should be to put BD into bat and chase. BD fans will put too much pressure on BD and Mushfiqur has made it worse using the term revenge. Shakib is asking people to tone down but it will be still be tense. Afg can be at an advantage if dew is a factor in the second innings. Also they will know how much to chase and put pressure on BD to set up a tough total. If they need any advise they can call upon Shahid Afridi who can show how to chase against BD :-)

    Good luck AFG - from the biggest IND fan!

  • hafieznazeery on March 10, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    In Shah Allah we will win. but not only by saying we will win we have to work harder especially in bating to win other wise we will face more difficulty in the next games so we will pray for our hero's and they should work hard and hard and hard .....

  • PrasPunter on March 10, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Why can't we have the same concept of a top 10 for the 50-over WC and have each team play the other ? Every match will be competitive and there won't be easy wins. The top 2 shall play the final !! This way, the victory won't be fluke. With the current format, the top teams can sleep all the way, beat the lower-ranked ones and wake up during the quarterfinals. Then it will just be 3 matches for them. A WC should not be such an easy draw.

  • DauD_ on March 10, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    I honestly believe that Afghanistan are going to progress into the top 10 stage of the T20 WC. They are all powerfully built, and are naturally aggressive players who are best suited for T20's. They also play with freedom, and have very little to lose. Whereas Bangladesh right now are lacking confidence after their poor run this year, and will also be under immense pressure in facing Afghanistan.

    This is going to be a treat to watch.

  • Haqmal111 on March 10, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    We are proud to have a leader like M.nabi, brave and intelligent words from you, not like mushfiqur revenge????? Shame on him its just game and is just for enjoyment. M.nabi said: 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."

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  • Haqmal111 on March 10, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    We are proud to have a leader like M.nabi, brave and intelligent words from you, not like mushfiqur revenge????? Shame on him its just game and is just for enjoyment. M.nabi said: 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."

  • DauD_ on March 10, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    I honestly believe that Afghanistan are going to progress into the top 10 stage of the T20 WC. They are all powerfully built, and are naturally aggressive players who are best suited for T20's. They also play with freedom, and have very little to lose. Whereas Bangladesh right now are lacking confidence after their poor run this year, and will also be under immense pressure in facing Afghanistan.

    This is going to be a treat to watch.

  • PrasPunter on March 10, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    Why can't we have the same concept of a top 10 for the 50-over WC and have each team play the other ? Every match will be competitive and there won't be easy wins. The top 2 shall play the final !! This way, the victory won't be fluke. With the current format, the top teams can sleep all the way, beat the lower-ranked ones and wake up during the quarterfinals. Then it will just be 3 matches for them. A WC should not be such an easy draw.

  • hafieznazeery on March 10, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    In Shah Allah we will win. but not only by saying we will win we have to work harder especially in bating to win other wise we will face more difficulty in the next games so we will pray for our hero's and they should work hard and hard and hard .....

  • BigINDFan on March 10, 2014, 17:59 GMT

    Afg stand a good chance to go to Round 2 since BD is the only major threat. The plan for Nabi and his team should be to put BD into bat and chase. BD fans will put too much pressure on BD and Mushfiqur has made it worse using the term revenge. Shakib is asking people to tone down but it will be still be tense. Afg can be at an advantage if dew is a factor in the second innings. Also they will know how much to chase and put pressure on BD to set up a tough total. If they need any advise they can call upon Shahid Afridi who can show how to chase against BD :-)

    Good luck AFG - from the biggest IND fan!

  • Vijay_P_S on March 10, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    It's a shame that only one of Afg and Ban can qualify. Same thing with the other group where only one of Ire and Zim can qualify. Smaller nations can compete the best in the T20 format and they are not even given a fair chance. The format should have been designed as Top12 instead of Top10.

  • on March 10, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    its really stupid of ICC atleast they should give chance to these 4 teams,which can give good fight to other teams, its not good 2 of them can go through the rest 2 should drop, really bad

  • on March 10, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    Good luck, Ins sha Allah wll play good game against BD

  • on March 10, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    i guess this super 10 thing will certainly make this event very interesting.....

  • JamKam on March 10, 2014, 21:30 GMT

    @BigINDFan ..Just to add to your comment.If Afghan reach the next round and needed any advice to chase down India,they should contact Shahid Afridi too.