Mohammad Nabi, one of the two Afghan players competing in the ongoing IPL, says the league is a chance for him to show the world that his war-torn country has got talent.
"There are lot of expectations from me and Rashid (Khan, the other selected player) to perform in IPL. They (cricket fans back home) are waiting. Hopefully, we perform well. If I get a chance, I will try my best to perform," said Nabi.
Nabi, an all-rounder, and Rashid, a teenaged leg-spinner, were both bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the players' auction for the ongoing 10th edition of the cash-rich league.
Mohammad NabiIt’s a big challenge for me and Rashid that we perform in IPL to show the world that we have talent. There is lot of enthusiasm among youth in Afghanistan for cricket though facilities are not up to the mark all over the country, Nabi added. India is building a cricket ground in Kandahar. MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli are some of the Indian players who are popular in Afghanistan.
Cricket is played at different levels in Afghanistan, including school and club. Afghanistan recently defeated Ireland in both the Twenty20 and ODI series in India.