2019 World Cup: Gulbadin Naib apologizes to fans, says the big guns disappointed Afghanistan
LEEDS: Captain of Afghanistan Gulbadin Naib he apologized to fans of his team after his campaign without victories in Cricket World Cup , saying that the big guns on the side had disappointed them.
Few had expected Afghanistan to reach the semifinal stage in its second World Cup appearance, and the team could also have been affected by a late leadership change, with Naib replacing Asghar Afghan as its one-day captain.
But they were still touted as a potential killer of giants able to cope with an occasional malaise, thanks to an attack that included Rashid Khan , Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
I am very disappointed with the performance of the team. In each and every one of the parties we made many mistakes. We do not play our natural cricket, Naib said after Thursday's loss to the West Indies.
Rashid, currently number three of the ODI bowlers, had a particularly disappointing tournament, the lowest point was the match against England when the leg spinner was crushed by 110 runs of nine races, the worst bowling figures in the History of the World Cup.
We have great names in our time like Nabi, Rashid, Mujeeb ... everyone expected them to act as they did in the last two, three years.
Rashid has contributed 60 percent of our victories. I also expected a lot from him. But it is a game of cricket, he gave his 100 percent, but it can be said that he has had bad luck, said Gulbadin.
The repeated touches of Afghanistan with his batting order also affected the team, which ended with nine defeats in so many games.
They handed Ikram Alikhil between seven and nine in the first games, before promoting him to third place on Thursday, when the 18-year-old scored for them with an audacious 86.
I learned a lot in this tournament ... I agree that we did not give anyone the right opportunity with a fixed place in the batting order, said Naib.
Even I was batting in seven or eight, but I participated as a starter in the last four and five games because the team needed him, he said.
But I think it's not a fixed position. If you play with a big heart, any position will suit you.
Naib said that the physical condition was a big problem for the team and that they needed better preparation to have some impact in an international tournament.
We could not give our 100 percent and meet the expectations of the people of Afghanistan. I apologize to my fans and my country.
The two-time West Indian champions retired from the tournament they had entered as a possible dark horse with only two victories in their nine group matches.
Can opener Chris Gayle The song of the World Cup, nevertheless, allowed to glimpse a better future, since Shai Hope, Nicholas Pooran and Shimron Hetmyer, of between 22 and 25 years, were impressed with the bat.
Definitely a learning experience, something I will never forget, said Hope, who won the best player award for his 77.
I'm sure we'll use this basically as a platform for the next four years. And I hope we can have something stronger and generate more momentum at the start of the tournament and take it to the semifinals and the final.