Afghanistan are the babies of international cricket, but have made rapid strides in ICC’s qualifier tournaments. At the Asian Games, they upset Pakistan and narrowly lost to Bangladesh in the gold medal match.
Recently appointed T20 and ODI captain, Mohammad Nabi thinks they are ready for Test cricket. Excerpts from a revealing interview with Yahoo Cricket:
You came mighty close to winning the
Asian Games gold. What were your thoughts heading into the final overs against Bangladesh?
We had trained well for the Asiad. We went
there a week in advance and got used to the conditions there. Against Bangladesh
if I had one more fast bowler we could have beaten them. In the last three
overs I gambled by bowling Karim Sadiq. He had given away just 10 runs in two
overs. I discussed with Nowroz and decided to let Karim bowl, because we had
finished the quota of other quickies. Aftab Alam bowled an over too then and
gave away just six-seven runs.
It was all down to Karim but he gave away