It’s a tough job, will try my greatest: Mohammad Nabi on leading Afghans in T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Handed the management function for a second time simply a few days in the past, Afghanistan cricket staff captain Mohammad Nabi acknowledged that he has a tough job at hand in the ICC T20 World Cup however is nonetheless hopeful of steering his strife-torn nation “until the end” of the showpiece.
Nabi was named captain of the ultimate Afghan squad on October 10 after star all-rounder Rashid Khan declined the function alleging that he was not consulted whereas choosing the staff.
The 36-yr-previous Nabi is, nonetheless, not new to captaincy, having led the facet from 2013 to 2015.
“Yeah, it’s (captaincy) a tough job at the end, I will try my best to lead the team in the World Cup and perform well in the tournament. (I am) really excited to play as a captain in this event,” Nabi stated in a convention name with the media forward of the occasion beginning on Sunday.
The Afghans will play their first match on October 25 towards a but-to-be-determined qualifier from spherical one. They are pooled in Group 2 of Super 12 alongside India, Pakistan, New Zealand and a qualifier.
The staff has made it to the World Cup regardless of the Taliban takeover of the nation after the US forces withdrew amid giant-scale upheaval and violence. Nabi steered clear of the matter, solely mentioning some visa hassle that the staff confronted earlier than getting right here.
“The team is brilliant and they are preparing from the last one and half month, and there was little-bit (of) struggle on visas, so didn’t arrive in UAE early, they were practising in Qatar,” Nabi stated.
“They (the players) adjust with the weather, Qatar and UAE weather are all (almost) the same. We will try our best to perform well in the tournament…and go until the end,” added the proper-handed batter and off-break bowler.
According to Nabi, he at all times performs as per the match state of affairs.
“It depends on the match situation, whether the team needs me. If there is pressure on the top (order) that we didn’t get any runs, then I try and save my wicket until the end and then I try to hit at the end.
“This is my mindset (to) at all times to play, relying on the state of affairs and it has helped me a lot,” said Nabi, a hard-hitting batter.
Afghanistan have roped in former Zimbabwe player and England coach Andy Flower as a batting consultant for this marquee event and Nabi said the new appointee knew everything about the pitches in UAE.
“I performed underneath his teaching in CPL (Caribbean Premier League) and likewise in T10. He is a nice coach and likewise a nice mentor for each participant as nicely and, additionally he’s working with the batsmen.
“…he practised with five-six players in one or two sessions in Abu Dhabi, but he is brilliant, he knows everything about UAE pitches and all these conditions, yeah,” added Nabi.
The Afghans have additionally roped in former South African star Lance Klusener as head coach, and ex Australian pacer Shaun Tait as bowling coach.

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