Bang v Afghanistan, World T20, Group A, Mirpur March 16, 2014

'We are not a team to lose like this' - Nabi

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Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi said they perished under pressure although they had talked up the weight of expectations on the home side. Gracious under fire, Nabi said that his team wasn't overconfident, and praised Bangladesh's spinners.

This was the fourth time Afghanistan were bowled out for less than 100 runs in T20 internationals , three of them now coming against Test-playing nations.

"We didn't handle the pressure well so we lost," Nabi said. "We enjoyed the big game, the pressre game. We weren't overconfident. It's a part of the game. Today Bangladesh played very well, that's why they won the game. Otherwise we are not a team to lose like this. The conditions, the pitch was a little too difficult as well."

Despite the talk of building pressure on Bangladesh, Afghanistan themselves were troubled by a big loss to Zimbabwe in the warm-up game two days ago, and a worrying batting trend against spin. All of these problems came together for Afghanistan on an important occasion.

The ball did turn from the start, even when Nabi and Karim Sadiq bowled early in the Bangladesh innings. Nabi also defended his batsmen when asked if their aggressive approach was wrong. However, he said the batsmen would have to work on their approach against quality spinners.

"We didn't expect that kind of a pitch too much but they bowled very well and got the extra bounce so we struggled in the middle," he said. "If we had scored a bit more, it could have been a good game.

"Since the Asia Cup, we have been struggling against quality spinners. We will try to improve against them. We will try our best to be stronger in the next two games. We just threw one or two wickets away, [Mohammad] Shehzad and Gulbadin [Naib]. Otherwise, two run outs and two good balls. We can't play like that. We need to improve," he said.

Following Shahzad's first-ball dismissal, Najeeb Tarakai and Gulbadin Naib staged a recovery by adding 36 before the latter gave Sabbir Rahman a chance to make amends after dropping him the previous ball. It triggered a collapse, from which they never recovered.

Nabi said they are now pinning their hopes on a Bangladesh loss to either Nepal or Hong Kong, which would reopen their bid for the main draw. "We will try our best to win both games," Nabi said. "It's cricket, nothing can be said. If Bangladesh lose one game, we might come back."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • max_payne1461 on March 17, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    Afghanistan is a cricket loving nation, they have enthusiasm & passion about it. all these are essential to become a good cricket nation, but to be honest at this stage Afghanistan no way nearby match for Bangladesh or Zimbabwe or other test playing nation. Yeas the beat Bangladesh in Asia cup but if i titled that as "upset" most of the cricket head will agree with me on the other hand one can say, that was a statement from afghan team to the test playing nation "don't take us lightly we have ability to manipulate you on the field." Afghanistan is a true rising nation in cricket. At leas once in a while Bangladesh beat all test playing nation but that doesn't mean Bangladesh is a better team than every one, rather that was a glimpse of what they can do on their day. Ones need to know their lacking & deficit and play according to that , over hype and confidence can destroy everything and exactly that happened to afghan team against BD. Many many good wishes for afghan & BD team.

  • amin81.nl on March 16, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Dear All Bd Fans, Thanks for your such comments. I love it. We r the nation beside other good cricketing nation, who shows respect for others. We love n respect cricket. Our bd fan respects the strength of Afg. which was rare before the game. Well, one have to understand the truth, then comments. Afs is really a good cricketing team, feeling some bowling strength like pakistan. Dear afg fan, it shall come one day, u can b also a challenging cricket team in near future. So, grow-up in cricketing habit. I just want to mention, I 4get some on ur fan has commented that Afg got the second bowling strength in Asia, after Pak. It's good to feel and have confidence. But my cricketing sence says SL is the toughest bowling side in Asia, particularly in T20.. then if I want to compare with IND.. hahahaha... u do not have any idea to compare afg bowling with SL, Pak, Ind or even Bd. These team got not only exciting but also toughest bowler with great stamina. Well, Hope all the best.. carry on.

  • Rafelgibt on March 18, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    @Sher Zadah on (March 17, 2014, 5:32 GMT) Kindly don't talk rubbish.'After 13 years here they are... Imagine 10 years more where they will be... ' sorry mate CRICKET doesn't go like that otherwise ENG must have been WORLD BEATers in cricket as they have more than 120 years of cricketing history.What do you think?Dont be so NAIVE.But all the very best from BAN.

  • on March 17, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    when Afghanistan provides proper cricket grounds and also safety to their players and safety for others nations to play inside the country, that a the only way they will improved their games so until than Taliban will keep away everyone out of the country. u cant play while keep thinking when u aren't safe around there yet

  • on March 17, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    we r not comparing with afgan.they r underdog always.everyday is not sunday my dear afgan fans.u can b good fighter or bomber but not a good player.afgan players proved it yesterday. lol its so funny wen som1 like afgan compare wth us.

  • on March 17, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Our captain said that we are not a team to lose like this to me a loss is a loss and we lose to Bangladesh with a big margin also I have to say this that we also beat Bangladesh in Asia Cup also a lot of people are talking about records or wins by Afghanistan / Bangladesh team let's be fair and do not compare both teams Afghanistan just got Associate Status 6 months ago where Bangladesh got it more than 15 or 20 years ago experience wise Bangladesh is way ahead of Afghanistan I think if Bangladesh and Afghanistan can play a 5 ODI series and a 3 T20 series before the world cup 2015 it will be good for fans and cricket thanks again and we lost this time Congrats to Bangladesh

  • on March 17, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Well Bangladish Cant Aim Bigger than this... lol After getting Test Status in 1999 they still compare themselves with Afghanistan, Is this what they Call Progress!!!! Afghanistan is not a test nation yet... After 2001 Name of AFG Cricket came into Global Cricketing World. After 13 years here they are... Imagine 10 years more where they will be... If Bangladish Campares themselves with Afg where they dont have any test Status soon In Shaa Allah when they get their Test status then they will be compared with Cricket Giants like Ind,Aus,Sa,Pak ..Etc. Mark my words People.

  • Rafelgibt on March 17, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    @ wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 19:35 GMT) Are you in day dreams?Its a very colorful life mate,isn't?But mark my word that soon you get the TEST status you would find the difficulty to go through the wind.Don't hurry.Take your time and target 2020 to get the TEST status.

  • BD_CricFan on March 17, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    1 down 2 more to go, Tigers don't let your guard down. No room for complacency, please!! Study the opponent to find out their strengths & weaknesses and plan/execute like a pro. All the best.

  • Click_Click_Cricket on March 17, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    @ Mohammad Burhani - I hope you were kidding by saying, "We (AFG) are better in 50 overs but Bangladesh is better in T20." REALLY? One ODI win against BD makes people say whatever they want in AFG's favor. ENJOY THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, but please do not lose your SENSE OF JUDGEMENT. In ODI, BD whitewashed NZ just a few months ago. Is it wise to say "BD is better than NZ in ODI"? I do not think so! NZ recently made IND look like a lower ranked team than BD. Does that mean BD is better team than IND? NOT AT ALL.

  • max_payne1461 on March 17, 2014, 1:11 GMT

    Afghanistan is a cricket loving nation, they have enthusiasm & passion about it. all these are essential to become a good cricket nation, but to be honest at this stage Afghanistan no way nearby match for Bangladesh or Zimbabwe or other test playing nation. Yeas the beat Bangladesh in Asia cup but if i titled that as "upset" most of the cricket head will agree with me on the other hand one can say, that was a statement from afghan team to the test playing nation "don't take us lightly we have ability to manipulate you on the field." Afghanistan is a true rising nation in cricket. At leas once in a while Bangladesh beat all test playing nation but that doesn't mean Bangladesh is a better team than every one, rather that was a glimpse of what they can do on their day. Ones need to know their lacking & deficit and play according to that , over hype and confidence can destroy everything and exactly that happened to afghan team against BD. Many many good wishes for afghan & BD team.

  • amin81.nl on March 16, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Dear All Bd Fans, Thanks for your such comments. I love it. We r the nation beside other good cricketing nation, who shows respect for others. We love n respect cricket. Our bd fan respects the strength of Afg. which was rare before the game. Well, one have to understand the truth, then comments. Afs is really a good cricketing team, feeling some bowling strength like pakistan. Dear afg fan, it shall come one day, u can b also a challenging cricket team in near future. So, grow-up in cricketing habit. I just want to mention, I 4get some on ur fan has commented that Afg got the second bowling strength in Asia, after Pak. It's good to feel and have confidence. But my cricketing sence says SL is the toughest bowling side in Asia, particularly in T20.. then if I want to compare with IND.. hahahaha... u do not have any idea to compare afg bowling with SL, Pak, Ind or even Bd. These team got not only exciting but also toughest bowler with great stamina. Well, Hope all the best.. carry on.

  • Rafelgibt on March 18, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    @Sher Zadah on (March 17, 2014, 5:32 GMT) Kindly don't talk rubbish.'After 13 years here they are... Imagine 10 years more where they will be... ' sorry mate CRICKET doesn't go like that otherwise ENG must have been WORLD BEATers in cricket as they have more than 120 years of cricketing history.What do you think?Dont be so NAIVE.But all the very best from BAN.

  • on March 17, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    when Afghanistan provides proper cricket grounds and also safety to their players and safety for others nations to play inside the country, that a the only way they will improved their games so until than Taliban will keep away everyone out of the country. u cant play while keep thinking when u aren't safe around there yet

  • on March 17, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    we r not comparing with afgan.they r underdog always.everyday is not sunday my dear afgan fans.u can b good fighter or bomber but not a good player.afgan players proved it yesterday. lol its so funny wen som1 like afgan compare wth us.

  • on March 17, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    Our captain said that we are not a team to lose like this to me a loss is a loss and we lose to Bangladesh with a big margin also I have to say this that we also beat Bangladesh in Asia Cup also a lot of people are talking about records or wins by Afghanistan / Bangladesh team let's be fair and do not compare both teams Afghanistan just got Associate Status 6 months ago where Bangladesh got it more than 15 or 20 years ago experience wise Bangladesh is way ahead of Afghanistan I think if Bangladesh and Afghanistan can play a 5 ODI series and a 3 T20 series before the world cup 2015 it will be good for fans and cricket thanks again and we lost this time Congrats to Bangladesh

  • on March 17, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Well Bangladish Cant Aim Bigger than this... lol After getting Test Status in 1999 they still compare themselves with Afghanistan, Is this what they Call Progress!!!! Afghanistan is not a test nation yet... After 2001 Name of AFG Cricket came into Global Cricketing World. After 13 years here they are... Imagine 10 years more where they will be... If Bangladish Campares themselves with Afg where they dont have any test Status soon In Shaa Allah when they get their Test status then they will be compared with Cricket Giants like Ind,Aus,Sa,Pak ..Etc. Mark my words People.

  • Rafelgibt on March 17, 2014, 4:49 GMT

    @ wapuser on (March 16, 2014, 19:35 GMT) Are you in day dreams?Its a very colorful life mate,isn't?But mark my word that soon you get the TEST status you would find the difficulty to go through the wind.Don't hurry.Take your time and target 2020 to get the TEST status.

  • BD_CricFan on March 17, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    1 down 2 more to go, Tigers don't let your guard down. No room for complacency, please!! Study the opponent to find out their strengths & weaknesses and plan/execute like a pro. All the best.

  • Click_Click_Cricket on March 17, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    @ Mohammad Burhani - I hope you were kidding by saying, "We (AFG) are better in 50 overs but Bangladesh is better in T20." REALLY? One ODI win against BD makes people say whatever they want in AFG's favor. ENJOY THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH, but please do not lose your SENSE OF JUDGEMENT. In ODI, BD whitewashed NZ just a few months ago. Is it wise to say "BD is better than NZ in ODI"? I do not think so! NZ recently made IND look like a lower ranked team than BD. Does that mean BD is better team than IND? NOT AT ALL.

  • i_amVIVA on March 17, 2014, 1:40 GMT

    @ex-surreal: you seem to find nothing good about a fine win by BD, their first in 2014. You're clearly one of the BanglaBashers. You should rather stay away, and have Bangla enjoy their success, be it against a weak team like Afg. You surely came down hard, along with your herd of BD bashers, two weeks ago when BD lost to Afg in AsiaCup, saying Afg is better then BD; and now this duplicity, - it seems BD can't do right anyways to these haters. Yes, BD were going through a lean time lately, but your short memory may not hold the fact that BD team have defeated all the big teams in the recent past, just go back no farther then last AsiaCup, and you'll find the facts if you care to read; you forget NZ's gross defeat to BD lately, and those of WI and others. Hope these facts can open up your eyes to see BD's succcess in true color, rather than in the color of your choice. Go Tigers Go...

  • ronnie22 on March 16, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Come on, Afghanistan, you are much better than this. It will all come good soon, just keep going. It's a delight to see your improvement and it is great for the world of cricket.

  • ExpectUs on March 16, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    Honestly, I don't think Bangladesh played all that great (good to see Mortaza back in action though). Afghanistan lost because their batting was super horrible and they gave up in the fielding (not that fielding mattered anymore). This is somewhat acceptable considering they are an associate nation and a weaker team. But they had a promising performance before that made expectations high

  • Funtopia on March 16, 2014, 20:48 GMT

    @ Mohammad Burhani: FYI BD Beat all Test playing nations in 50 over ODI Match at least once. Can you please tell me Afgan team record?

  • on March 16, 2014, 20:18 GMT

    nabi brother your 10 all rounder and our 1 all rounder Equal to one he is SHAKIB AL HASAN.....

  • on March 16, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    Afghanistan is still better team but the only problem they have is batting against spin but trust in next 10 yrs they will be champions of every contest inshallah still love u Afg

  • fr600 on March 16, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Yes you are a team to lose like this, if you play against the right opponent. Development of cricket takes time and you can't reach the sky in a year or two.

  • soundtracks on March 16, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    istanikzai should play he looks like a prof.batsman unlike most other, and i think its going to be more losses in the beggining of thier cricketing journy but at least the selecting board should give new players a chance to develope, and of cours the players where there is potential to develope.

  • on March 16, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    well done Bangal tigers..... excellent team great talented guy's

  • ex-surreal on March 16, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    "I was about to throw a banana skin in the bin, I said if it falls inside, they will score 40 and if it doesn't they will make 80. They made 72"

  • Slough327 on March 16, 2014, 17:48 GMT

    fielding was the main difrence between 2 teams

  • Bangladesh_Forever on March 16, 2014, 17:34 GMT

    Congratulations to Afghanistan to have been playing the 'biggest' of all T20I world cups. No doubt they are very skilled a team and deserves to play more games in this tournament. They are the kind of team that on their day can beat ANY of the test teams and might well have done if not for the unfair fixture that lets them play only against Bangladesh. It's just right to dream big, and losing to Bangladesh thus might readily have broken their hearts. However, Afghanistan should gather more perspectives from this lose and also learn a bit of proper attitude to the game if they want to prosper in future. Best of luck to Afghanistan team from a Bangladeshi...

  • on March 16, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    We are a better in 50 overs but Bangledesh is better in T20.

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    lol since the afgan team has so many all rounders :p i guess they forgot to select some (real) batsmen :D

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    I like afghan team because of their fearless cricket ! But , This is not a game with associated member of ICC ! After asia cup win You thought International arean is like a bed of rose but sorry dear ! I replied that BD is not a team to loose with you still now ! may be we are not the elite team in the world but we are far far better than your 10 all rounder ! You have to go far then we will salute your team !not now ! Carry on ! I like your team ! but consider this arena is tougher than your associate arena !

  • Cpt.Meanster on March 16, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    Sorry Mr. Nabi, your team were pathetic today. Mindless slogging to say the least. T20 is still cricket and it requires patience, planning and execution. Your players went out there and batted like headless chickens. 72 runs is NEVER going to challenge any team let alone Bangladesh. Please improve your performance for remaining games. Good luck.

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Please ACB We dont need new players , We have good batsmen like Asghar stanikzai Noor ali ,They did't play today's game, Very poor selection by a selector, Very shamefull lost- Gulbadin did't select for Asia cup ,he is a good player, We need a batting coach or ether we will lost odi status Good played BD..

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    lol.after this thrashing win, no need to say much.field performance said it all.Afghanistan is a good team.they really have some good fast bowler. work hard.on the other hand BD looks dangerous. with this type of pitch and quality spinner, teams like Aus Eng SA WI NZ will have a hard time for sure.but we know what happens, too much hype makes BD team lose to even weaker teams like nepal.

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Iam afghan but very very upset the way afghan batsman came out to play absuletly unprofessional cricket. its time to say we come to win not come to enjoy. Enjoyment time is gone. Better luck next time. I wish Nepal beats bangladesh. Fire coach kabir khan hire someother coach who can teach them how to play in big occasions. As you guys know most of afghan players are trained in pakistan . They need to learn from indian coaches and professional crickers. Do not defend against spinners unless u know how to. Insha allah nepal beats bangladesh will be nice.

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    sorry nabi

  • on March 16, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I dont understand why captain nabi said we have 11 allrounder player and it wont be very difficult to beat bangladesh...

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 16, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Sorry Nabi bro but losing to Nepal or Hong Kong looks super unlikely. I have finally seen how they play and they stand no chance against BD spinners and batsmen like Mushi, Tamim and Shakib. But nevertheless good experience for the teams playing against top quality spin.

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Daud_ U find his words "humble" now? Did u listen to his pre match conference?

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    When u always win this creates bad habit, no one is asking u to win but atlest don't lose like this. When u r facing a good team like BD u be patient BD is not associate team that u try to hit every ball out of the park. Give chance to u19 in future cause they learned cricket properly.

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    What rubbish. Luck has nothing to do with this. That is the level afgan team are at. What luck has to do with this I don't know?

  • afghan_cric_lover on March 16, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Noo probelm Dear Nabi its cricket anyhting happens even the test members are bowled out under 100 in twenty20s and in tests matches they are bowled under 50 ,, ACB should bring a better batting coach and some of the players should be retired because they can not run between the wicket ,,we love afghan team noo matter if they lose or wins they have raised our flag in cricket world we used to support neighbours but now we have our team inshallah in few years afhanistan will be a better team

  • Haqmal111 on March 16, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Well said our hero m.nabi, next time inshallah we will win, we can say just unlucky day for us, we support you in every situation.

  • DauD_ on March 16, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Humble words, unlucky Nabi.

  • soundtracks on March 16, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Be Honest Nabi! your team batting luck talent and age so no matter how much you would like to play against good bowling, the talent, " reading spin, line up of ball, timing, running, pitch of the bowl, bounce handling, pace etc......... " these things will not improve with currents players.

    7-8players must retired. except nabi, shanwari,istankzai, shappor, Dalwat, Hamid.

    you dont need glasses to see all these issues.

  • saymon1 on March 16, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Afghanistan said they were under no pressure and they did play like that. :P Accident happens once .

  • soundtracks on March 16, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Lets be honest, afghanistan has only four players (Dawlat, shappor, Nabi ,shanwari, istankzai) the rest is just amatures.

    the sad thing is they dont have the age(expired over 30+) or the talent, you do not need magnefying glasses to see that they luck both age, and talent, i saw today, how they bat man, thats like me playing in my backyaard. no technic what so ever and they will not get it either. a real coach will tell them " go boy do something else to most of the team members cricket not thier thing!" i have see and followed thier batting now for long time. and they luck everything.

  • soundtracks on March 16, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Lets be honest, afghanistan has only four players (Dawlat, shappor, Nabi ,shanwari, istankzai) the rest is just amatures.

    the sad thing is they dont have the age(expired over 30+) or the talent, you do not need magnefying glasses to see that they luck both age, and talent, i saw today, how they bat man, thats like me playing in my backyaard. no technic what so ever and they will not get it either. a real coach will tell them " go boy do something else to most of the team members cricket not thier thing!" i have see and followed thier batting now for long time. and they luck everything.

  • saymon1 on March 16, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Afghanistan said they were under no pressure and they did play like that. :P Accident happens once .

  • soundtracks on March 16, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Be Honest Nabi! your team batting luck talent and age so no matter how much you would like to play against good bowling, the talent, " reading spin, line up of ball, timing, running, pitch of the bowl, bounce handling, pace etc......... " these things will not improve with currents players.

    7-8players must retired. except nabi, shanwari,istankzai, shappor, Dalwat, Hamid.

    you dont need glasses to see all these issues.

  • DauD_ on March 16, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Humble words, unlucky Nabi.

  • Haqmal111 on March 16, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Well said our hero m.nabi, next time inshallah we will win, we can say just unlucky day for us, we support you in every situation.

  • afghan_cric_lover on March 16, 2014, 15:25 GMT

    Noo probelm Dear Nabi its cricket anyhting happens even the test members are bowled out under 100 in twenty20s and in tests matches they are bowled under 50 ,, ACB should bring a better batting coach and some of the players should be retired because they can not run between the wicket ,,we love afghan team noo matter if they lose or wins they have raised our flag in cricket world we used to support neighbours but now we have our team inshallah in few years afhanistan will be a better team

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    What rubbish. Luck has nothing to do with this. That is the level afgan team are at. What luck has to do with this I don't know?

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    When u always win this creates bad habit, no one is asking u to win but atlest don't lose like this. When u r facing a good team like BD u be patient BD is not associate team that u try to hit every ball out of the park. Give chance to u19 in future cause they learned cricket properly.

  • on March 16, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Daud_ U find his words "humble" now? Did u listen to his pre match conference?

  • SyedAreYouDumb on March 16, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Sorry Nabi bro but losing to Nepal or Hong Kong looks super unlikely. I have finally seen how they play and they stand no chance against BD spinners and batsmen like Mushi, Tamim and Shakib. But nevertheless good experience for the teams playing against top quality spin.