African batsman Mohammad Nabi was heard saying that Afghanistan’s spinners will be a handful at the World Cup after experiences of playing in England and the Indian Premier League (IPL). Along with Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Nabi is determined to form a dangerous spin attack in Cricket World Cup 2019.
The three are currently playing in the IPL. Nabi and Khan also played for Leicestershire and Sussex respectively in T20 Blast last year, while Rahman has signed a contract with Middlesex for the forthcoming season.
Both Nabi and Khan have a hand in Sunrisers Hyderabad‘s campaign while 18-year-old Rahman is representing Kings XI Punjab. But Nabi said the severe pressure in the IPL was a great way of preparation for the World Cup despite enormous differences between T20 and 50-over cricket.
In an interview, Nabi said, “The IPL helps a lot. If you play these kinds of pressure games before the World Cup it will help a lot in the tournament against top opposition teams. It is a white-ball format after all. Yes, it is a change of format but you can adjust easily to the 50-over game.”
With 7 wickets in less than 16 overs, he has become one of the top 10 bowlers in this year’s IPL. He now hopes to take this form into the World Cup, where Afghanistan will face Australia on 1st June.
Afghanistan got their entry in the World Cup in 2015 where they played against Bangladesh in their first format and lost by 105 runs. Now the expectations are rising for their second World Cup. “We will try our best at the World Cup and challenge every team that we play against,” Nabi said.
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