Captaincy rows past, Afghanistan watched the semi-final at ICC World Cup: Chief selector

NEW DELHI: The Afghan Leadership Overhaul Has Not Caused Evil Blood In The Dressing Room And The Players Are Hard To Achieve The Goal To Reach The Semi-Final During This Year's World Cup, Prime Minister Dawlat Khan Ahmadzai Said Tuesday.

Ahmadzai And His Selection Panel Colleagues Worked On A Renewal Of Leadership Last Month By Giving Different Captains Different Formats, Which Resulted Gulbadin Naib Replacing Asghar Afghan As Their ODI Skipper.

Senior Players Including Spinner Rashid Khan, Who Has Been Named Afghanistan's Twenty20 Captain, Took Social Media To Criticize The Overhaul While Many Others Questioned Its Timing.

Ahmadzai Said It Was The Right Time To Blood A New Captain Even Though Asghar Remains Part Of Their World Cup Squad.

" At This Point, Afghanistan Cannot Win The World Cup With Asghar Or With Gulbadan." In New Delhi.

He Said Dissenting Senior Players Like Rashid And Mohammed Nabi Have Since Been Duties Into Confidence And It Was Now A United Dressing Room.

" That Was Their Personal Opinion ... We Handled It Very Professionally And Now They Are Happy," Ahmadzai Said.

" Gulbadan Said He'll Make Use Of Asghar's Experience. There Is Nothing Wrong With The Team Environment.

" The Top Management Wanted A Change In Captaincy. There Must Have Been Reasons Why We Took Such A Decision - Keeping The Team In Mind Rather Than Individuals.

Afghanistan Made Their World Cup Debut In Australia Four Years Ago, Scotland But Crashing Out From The Opening Round But Have Been Scripting A Fairytale Rise Since Then.

They Beat Sri Lanka And Bangladesh At The 2018 Asia Cup And Played A Thrilling Tie With A Depleted India And Became The 12th Test Playing Nation Last Year.

" In 2015, There Was No Rashid Or Mujeeb. So We're Expecting A Lot This Year And Looking For Semi-finals In The World Cup," He Said.

" We Have Identified Teams We Can Beat But Obviously I Can't Tell You Which Teams."

Ahmadzai Said Hamid Hassan's Fit-again Paceman Return To The Squad Would Significantly Improve Their Pace Attack Which Would Complement Their World Class Spearheaded By Rashid.

" I Don't Accept That Our Batting Is Weak, But We Need Some Order There," Ahmadzai Said.

" With Dawlat Zadran And Hamid Hassan, We Have A Good Fast Bowling Attack."

Afghanistan Starts Their World Cup Campaign Against Holders Australia In Bristol On June 1.

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