Afghanistan who were the favorites to qualify before the start of the World Cup qualifiers is now almost out of the race after losing all their all three matches. In the last two years, it has been all Afghanistan who who were ruling among the Associate nations and in the end of 2017 they also got their Test status along with Ireland.
But after the start of the World Cup qualifiers, it has been all falling apart for the Afghans specially for the stand-in captain Rashid Khan. The leg-spinner became the youngest captain ever to lead an ODI side but he had an experience that he want to forget as quickly as possible.
After losing against Hong Kong, a heartbroken Rashid said in the press conference: “It’s really touch and go. If we can gain something in the Nepal game, and then something happens between Hong Kong and Nepal anything can happen. But the way we played in the last three games, it’s not what you expect from Afghanistan. But we’ll come back positive.”
About the wicket: “The wicket was good for batting in the morning, but it got difficult later on. We weren’t expecting the clouds (in the afternoon). It was bad luck for us. It suddenly came in, and totally changed the game. But we didn’t bat well.”
Reflecting on the team’s performance, Rashid added: “You can’t expect such a performance from Afghanistan, the way we have played in the last two years. The guys played some irresponsible cricket, which wasn’t expected from them. But it happens sometimes in cricket. Sometimes it doesn’t go your way. Sometimes a match doesn’t go your way. Sometimes a tournament doesn’t go your way.”