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Nabi blames captaincy change for WC disaster

Nabi blames captaincy change for WC disaster

Afghanistan’s veteran all-rounder Mohammad Nabi believes it was the sudden change of captaincy before the World Cup which led to their dismal performance in the showpiece event held in England and Wales.

Just before the World Cup, the Afghanistan Cricket Board had removed Asghar Afghan from captaincy and made Gulbadin Naib the skipper of the national team for the quadrennial event. The all-rounder, who has retired from Test cricket, believes making Rashid Khan the skipper across formats will prove fruitful for the team.

"Before the World Cup we changed the old captain and that was the main thing why we couldn't play well as a team. That (new) captain never captained in his life. That's why we didn't do that well in the World Cup, and even though we had good games against India, Pakistan and West Indies, we lost those matches," Nabi said.

Under Naib, Afghanistan lost all of their nine World Cup matches this summer. He averaged 21.55 with the bat and 46.66 with the ball while his captaincy was also questionable throughout the tournament.