Asia Cup 2022: ‘We Want to Play a Lot of International Cricket’


Afghanistan spin wizard Rashid Khan on Monday mentioned he has gained from taking part in in world leagues however the nation’s up and coming expertise wants extra publicity to top-flight opposition.

The Mohammad Nabi-led aspect crushed Sri Lanka within the opener of the Asia Cup Twenty20 event and subsequent tackle Bangladesh in Sharjah on Tuesday.

Rashid stays the brightest star in a galaxy of proficient gamers lots of whom have seen darkish days within the war-torn nation, which witnessed one other takeover by the Taliban final yr.


Regardless of the chances, the one-time minnows have made their presence felt among the many cricketing elite since making their Take a look at debut in 2018 in India.

The 23-year-old Rashid, who has been key to the workforce’s fairytale rise, alongside Nabi and former captain Asghar Afghan, mentioned they nonetheless want more room within the cricketing calendar with prime groups.

“We’ve not performed a lot worldwide cricket, particularly the longer format. It is simply in regards to the FTP (future excursions programme), it isn’t within the hand of the gamers,” Rashid advised reporters on the eve of their second Asia Cup match.

“We wish to play numerous worldwide cricket, that offers alternatives as children come up by that. They need to get the sort of surroundings the place they’ll promote their cricket and abilities.”

Afghanistan are scheduled to play 53 ODIs, 71 T20Is and 22 Assessments between April 2022 and Might 2027 however most of them towards lower-ranked groups like Eire and Zimbabwe.

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Rashid, a champion leg-spinner who plies his commerce in varied short-format leagues together with the IPL and the Hundred, has raced to 112 wickets in 67 T20 internationals.

“Enjoying all of the worldwide leagues is one thing which provides us the sort of alternative the place we are able to be taught from the very best gamers,” mentioned Rashid.

“That’s the place we be taught and we carry that have to the nationwide degree and share that with the workforce. The extra gamers go around the globe and play within the leagues, I believe that’s what helps us, particularly within the batting division.”

At all times often called giantkillers, Afghanistan’s inventory has risen significantly on the Asia Cup after they hammered Sri Lanka by eight wickets on Saturday once they skittled their opponents for a meagre 105 after which knocked off the runs in simply 10.1 overs.

“We now have ready effectively and we performed a very good sport towards Sri Lanka however that is gone,” Rashid mentioned.

“We take into consideration taking one sport at a time and provides 100 per cent. It does not matter if the opposite workforce takes us evenly or not, we work onerous and observe effectively.

“For us, each opposition is the hardest opposition. Tomorrow, if we play Hong Kong, we could have the identical preparation as once we play India.”

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