The Afghanistan cricket team would enter this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 as the under dogs as they have come a long way after getting the ODI status in 2011. The blue shirts have become a potent force in ODI cricket especially after the inclusion of franchise league stars in the team.
However, the team did suffer from an unexpected setback recently as their long-standing skipper Asghar Afghan was sacked and replaced by Gulbadin Naib for the upcoming mega event.
Afghan chief selector, Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai has justified the sacking of Asghar by saying that the board has done so in order to prepare the national side for the 2023 edition of the World Cup as Naib is still young and could learn a lot from playing against top sides in this year’s tournament.
“We realized that we can’t win the World Cup at this moment under Asghar’s captaincy or anyone else who would have been in charge. We made the decision not just thinking about this World Cup, we are thinking about the 2023 edition. We will be getting 10 matches with full members and we feel it will provide perfect training for the new captain,” he said.