Afghanistan have the potential to win Asia Cup: Asghar Afghan
Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan believes the team carries the potential to win the impending edition of Asia Cup. The 32-year-old backed his spin bowling contingent, stating the players are being primed for the shortest format. Notably, the Asia Cup will be a 20-over affair this year, which will serve as a lead-up to the T20 World Cup. Here is more.
'We shall be fully prepared'
"We have focused more on T20 players. So if it's possible that we play Asia Cup, T20 WC or bilateral series against Zimbabwe, we should be fully prepared. I hope that we will be fully prepared in the camp for the upcoming competitions,'' said Afghan.
Afghanistan players resumed training in June
Earlier this month, the Afghanistan players returned to training as the Afghanistan Cricket Board commenced a month-long camp in Kabul. Notably, the camp is being closely monitored by the ICC, WHO, and Afghanistan's Health Ministry. Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman were some of the eminent names who resumed training.
Afghan states the importance of fitness camps
"The camp has been very important, because if you look at the last few years, nothing has happened in the world of cricket that has made the world so complicated. That is why the camp was so much needed and in this regard," he added.
'Our spinners are famous in the world'
Afghan highlighted the credentials of Afghanistan's spinners. "We're considering the Asia Cup or the T20 World Cup is going to be held. For this very reason, we have put on this training camp," he said. "Our goal will be to play better cricket in the Asia Cup because the games are going to be played in Asia, and our spinners are world-famous."
Afghanistan will ride on the star power
Although the Asia Cup is scheduled to be played in September, the threat of cancelation still lies due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Afghanistan players are leaving no stone unturned in their preparation. Marquee players like Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi will be set to perform in their preferred format. Interestingly, Rashid has been the leading wicket-taker in T20Is since 2018, with 47 scalps.