Afghanistan international Mirwais Ashraf states that the minnows must have much more experience against cricket’s top teams in order to make progress after a chastening World Cup campaign.
The Afghans have lost all seven of their matches in England and Wales until now, even though they came agonisingly near to pulling off a significant upset against India.
Ashraf, who last played for Afghanistan in 2016, claimed the side would learn lessons from the World Cup and he was looking forward to the future of cricket in the nation.
“We should keep in mind that these are definitely very tough sides and they were never gonna be simple for Afghanistan to defeat, hence the hopefulness from the country going into those games was not very high,” he wrote in an International Cricket Council column.
“Nevertheless , they actually have performed by themselves proud with lots of of their performances, particularly that match against India when we got so close (India won by 11 runs).”
Afghanistan have two matches to play, against Pakistan and the West Indies, since they target only their second-ever triumph at a World Cup following their win against Scotland during their first appearance in the 50-over global showpiece in 2015.
“I do think it consists of demonstrated that Afghanistan must arrange to play a lot more games against the top nations to obtain that experience,” claimed Ashraf.
“That is going to be invaluable as we look towards 2023 in India exactly where the conditions will certainly suit our game.
“I think in case we are able to get more experience against those top teams and in various conditions all over the world, then you really will quickly realize a big development in Afghanistan in four years’ time.”
Ashraf, who has played 46 one-day internationals for Afghanistan, claimed they can really need to develop their fielding.
“We saw the significant difference it made in the match with India,” he claimed. “That game will certainly live long in the memory and hopefully will inspire the players and give belief.
“To lose by 11 runs to the second-best side around the world shows how far we’ve come and why this journey is just start.
“We know we’ve obtained world-class bowlers in the would like of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi but batting is still an area where we need work. In one-day cricket, you should be assured your team will score 300 runs regularly.”