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‘Crazy’ Afghanistan eye big scalps at T20 World Cup

Asghar Stanikzai, Inzamam, Afghanistan, World T20
Afghani’s love their cricket and the nation is ‘about to go very crazy’, according to captain Ashgar Stanikzai. They’re the only side to have won all three of their games in phase 1 of the World T20 and their fans have every right to dare to dream.

Did you know, Afghanistan are currently ranked 9th in the international Twenty20 rankings? That’s above Asia Cup finalists Bangladesh and Full Member Zimbabwe, the side they beat to qualify for the Super 10 stage of the World T20 in India this month. This will be Afghanistan’s third appearance in the main draw of a World T20 tournament. They have previously never progressed past Round 1 when playing against cricket’s biggest teams though.

The story of Afghanistan’s rise in international cricket is as sensational as the number of times it has been re-told. There are tales of these players practising in refugee camps on their border with Pakistan along with various other pitfalls and hardships. But now, competing yet again against the big boys of world cricket, Afghanistan no longer seek to merely make up the numbers and the constant hyperbole does seem to restrict their progress.

The star of the Afghanistan contingent is undoubtedly their coach and mentor, Inzamam ul Haq. For all of Inzi’s fallacies as a player, the 46-year-old is a bonafide legend of the game and was one of Pakistan’s greatest-ever captains, second only to the indomitable Imran Khan. Under the Pakistani, Afghanistan have flourished to now play and compete against the world’s elite.

Afghani’s love their cricket and the nation is ‘about to go very crazy’, according to captain Ashgar Stanikzai. They’re the only side to have won all three of their games in phase 1 of the World T20 and their fans have every right to dare to dream.

What we can expect

Afghanistan are in the weaker of the two groups in the Super 10, alongside England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the West Indies. Their first match is against Sri Lanka, a likely do-or-die game for either side and with form on their side, Afghanistan will fancy their chances of beating the woefully poor defending champions. The other matches will be a lot harder though. Afghanistan should struggle against the pace of Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada and will find it tough to contain the likes of Chris Gayle, Alex Hales and Jos Buttler. Expect Afghanistan to put up a fight against, and beat, Sri Lanka. But no more than that.

 

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