Rashid Khan says we all play different leagues but national duty for the country comes first￼
Afghanistan’s star spinner Rashid Khan has expressed that despite participating in many leagues, playing for the national side always comes first for the players. Afghanistan will clash with Bangladesh on Tuesday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Afghanistan’s star spinner Rashid Khan has expressed that despite participating in many leagues, playing for the national side always comes first for the players.
Afghanistan will clash with Bangladesh on Tuesday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The team will be driven by all-rounder Mohammad Nabi and sees one change from the 16-member crew that toured Ireland.
Samiuallah Shinwari has been named as a replacement for Sharafuddin Ashraf while Spinner Noor Ahmed has also been added to the side.
“We want to play a lot of international cricket that allows youngsters to play and get a chance. We all play different leagues but national duty comes first for your country. We want to focus on the next match and not think about the previous match. It is past. It is not in our hands that teams take us seriously or lightly,”Rashid Khan said in a pre-match press conference.
Afghanistan figured out how to confine Sri Lanka to 105 and enrolled their second greatest win in T20I in terms of balls remaining. They will be soaring on the performances of their bowling unit, driven by Fazalhaq Farooqi. The pacer was named as the player of the match for his 3-wicket haul.
“Tomorrow’s conditions in Sharjah are different than what we faced in Dubai. We want to give 100 percent and enjoy the game. I am not an all-rounder. A player who can bat and ball and can bat in different positions, then it is great,”he said.
“If you have such players like Hardik Pandya in the team then it gives the captain a lot of options. His hard work has paid off. Last year when I played with him, I think he improved as a captain a lot in IPL. When a player gets such kind of responsibility then it makes him a better player,”he added.
“We as players enjoy this kind of format. We are playing in Sharjah after a long time. We never think about any opposition whether it is weak or strong. Tomorrow if you play Hong Kong then the preparation is the same or if it is India then also it is the same,”Khan said.
Squad: Mohammad Nabi (C), Najibullah Zadran (VC), Afsar Zazai (WK), Azmatullah Omarzai, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Mujib ur Rahman, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (WK), Rashid Khan and Samiullah Shinwari
Reserves: Nijat Masoud, Qais Ahmad, and Sharafuddin Ashraf