Rashid Khan Slams Gulbadin: Making his ODI debut in 2015, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan has come a long way. The Afghanistan cricketer is currently one of the best spinners in the world and has been dominating in T-20 leagues around the world. However, the 20-year-old spinner has failed to showcase his magic for Afghanistan in the ongoing World Cup. In the five matches he has played so far for his country, he has only managed to pick three wickets. He was, in fact, recorded his worst figures in One-Day cricket, leaking as many as 110 runs in nine overs.
Talking about that spell, Rashid told he hasn’t been thinking too much about that match and is concerned only on rectifying his mistakes and become a better bowler than yesterday.
“I am not thinking too much about that match. People forget 10 good days and conveniently remember that one particularly bad day. They don’t like to remember what Rashid did on previous 10 days,” he said.
“I would focus on the mistakes I committed in that match and rectify those in the coming matches. No point thinking about the criticism. I need to keep things simple,” he added.
Rashid Khan also gave an explanation on his tweet regarding his displeasure on the selection committee’s decision to opt for a new captain in Gulbadin Naib.
“Neither do I play for Gulbadin nor for the cricket board. I play for the flag, for Afghanistan. I know what my job is and I will continue doing that. “That tweet by me or Nabi wasn’t in support of Asghar. We raised our voice for the betterment of Afghanistan cricket,” the 20-year-old spinner said.
Rashid Khan Slams Gulbadin
Rashid went on to say that he has no grudges with Gulbadin, adding that he just wasn’t in support of the idea of changing a skipper close to a tournament like World Cup.
“Had someone else been appointed captain, my stand wouldn’t have changed. That wasn’t the right time to change the captain. I have nothing personal in supporting Asghar. I am not the only person who’s saying that. The whole world is saying that,”
“We were going to play a big event like the World Cup. The combination didn’t seem like Asia Cup and if you tinker with the combination before a big tournament, it’s not a great thing. That was the reason for the tweet,”
Rashid also talked about his strained relationship with Gulbadin, something that might have impacted his World Cup performance too.
“I think there is no problem in my relationship with Gulbadin. I support him as much as I did when Asghar was the captain. If I supported Asghar 50 per cent on the field, Gulbadin has my 100 per cent support,” Rashid said in an exclusive interview on the eve of their match against India.
“Right from the time we landed in England, no one has spoken about the issue. I think it was blown out of proportion by the media. Some of us have been playing together for 15-16 years. So if nothing has happened in more than decade, then what can suddenly change in a day or two.“