Dreamers turned believers: Afghanistan’s grand ambitions

Dreamers turned believers: Until 2010, Afghanistan had not even entered the group stage of an ICC men’s world cup. Eleven years later, participation is no longer the goal. Rashid Khan dreams of winning a world championship and sees no reason why they can’t achieve it. At the age of eleven when Afghanistan made its debut at a major ICC event. In the 2010 T20 World Cup in the West Indies, Khan took the big stage for the first time at the 2016 edition in India.

He took 11 wickets at 16.63 for the tournament. And ended up being the second-highest attacker when Afghanistan reached the Super 10 level.

Dreamers turned two of these wickets came in the tournament’s surprising result when Afghanistan defeated the West Indies with six runs. They were the only team in the tournament to defeat the eventual champions.

Within the five a long time since Afghanistan has created encourage in men’s cricket. In 2018, they played there, to begin with. The Test match, and in 2019 they enjoyed their to begin with triumph within the arrange.

“We have achieved a lot over the last 10 years as a team,” Khan, an ICC Live the Game ambassador, said. “Where we came from, where we had no facilities, we came from that stage and we’ve played lots of World Cups. It’s a dream of every country to be called a Test team and we’ve got that as well, we’ve played Test games. We have achieved a lot.”

But it’s in white-ball cricket where they have really flourished.

Afghanistan, which automatically qualifies for the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup next month. Has two of the world’s top five T20I bowlers. In the ICC rankings in Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman and the No. 1 T20I off-road. in Mohammad Nabi.

He won’t put a time period on it. But given the ability they have sustained, he is sure Afghanistan can presently dream of collecting silverware.

“Unbelievable,” he said. “I never had that in the mind to be called ICC T20I Player of the Decade.

“To be called the Player of the Decade was more than special for me. It was a dream.”

After opening his own eyes as a teenager where cricket could take him and his compatriots, he has the ambition to do the same for the next generation.

They’ll have to step it up an adapter to make strides on their second arrange execution from 2016 but there’s no question that’s inside reached. Afghanistan start its T20 World Cup campaign on 26 October in Sharjah.

After all, dreamers have won seven of their last eight T20I series, and only a rainy tri-series final against Bangladesh denies them a chance to turn eight into a perfect eight.

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