Daily Mail UK – LEEDS, England, July 4 (Reuters) – Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib apologised to his team’s fans after their winless campaign in the Cricket World Cup, saying the side’s big guns had let them down.

Summary

  • LEEDS, England, July 4 (Reuters) – Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib apologised to his team’s fans after their winless campaign in the Cricket World Cup, saying the side’s big guns had let them down.
  • Few had expected Afghanistan to make it through to the semi-final stage in only their second World Cup appearance, and the team may also have been unsettled by a late leadership change, with Naib replacing Asghar Afghan as their one-day captain.
  • Rashid, currently the number three ranked ODI bowler, had a particularly underwhelming tournament, the low point being the match against England when the leg-spinner was smashed for 110 runs off just nine overs – the worst bowling figures in World Cup history.
  • “We have big names in our time like Nabi, Rashid, Mujeeb…everyone expected them to perform like they did in the last two, three years.
  • Naib said fitness was a big issue with the team and they needed better preparation to make any impact in an international tournament.


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