One of the new comers in the cricket world Afghanistan have achieved the status of playing directly to the next Cricket World Cup. Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim praised them for their success and said it is good for cricket as Afghanistan showed their strength in cricket within a very short time.
Afghanistan booked their ticket for World Cup when they beat Kenya by 7 wickets in ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC). They became the second best team of the tournament.
Mushfiq said, “it is good news for the cricket world especially for the associate countries of International Cricket Council that Afghanistan appeared to be a powerful cricket team. Their growth as a cricketing nation is obviously enjoyable. And they have done it in a quite short period time. The merit of their players is clear and admirable as they achieved the opportunity to play in the greatest tournament of cricket.”
Mushfiq got the opportunity to lead some of the Afghan players like Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shajzad, and Gulbadin Naeb who are playing in the domestic league. He said, “Every time, I found them as quick and attentive learners. They are hard working and naturally talented.”
11th Cricket World Cup will be held in 2015 at a joint venture of Australia and New Zealand. Both Bangladesh and Afghanistan will play in ‘A’ team. The two Asian teams will face each other in 18th February, 2015. The other teams in that group are Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England.
Mushfiq said, “I’m waiting to play against them in 2015 World Cup. Surely they will be better and more experienced as a team in the mean time.”
Australian captain Michael Clark and Kiwi captain Brendon McCullam also congratulated Afghanistan for their success.