Monday is going to be Afghanistan’s day, claims skipper Naib

Afghanistan continue to be rooted to the bottom of the points table after six defeats in several matches in their second World Cup appearance.

They did not last their full 50 overs in their first four matches, a streak they eventually snapped in their extensive beat by England on Tuesday.

Naib’s men, but, draw motivation from Saturday’s narrow-miss against India when they fell 11 runs short of a significant upset win over the two-time champions.

“I think we are not able to take it easy against Bangladesh. They’re a good side and they proved themselves in this stage,” Naib told reporters on Sunday.

“But one important thing about my team is that it’s not an easy team. The first four or five games, we played out really poorly however we are now enhancing every day, and i hope that is going to be our day.”

Naib claimed his team struggled to adjust to English conditions where their spinners found little help from the tracks.

“In the first three-four games, we struggled very much. The surface and the wickets are totally different. We didn’t anticipate it.”

Afghanistan have built their bowling attack around their three frontline spinners, who came up with an enhanced overall performance in the match against India.

They are going to play Bangladesh, who have two wins from six matches, on the same slow track on Monday.
“It’s an excellent wicket for all of us. It’s like Asian conditions with the ball turning,” Naib claimed.

If the wicket offers some turn, Rashid Khan and his spin colleagues will be quite a handful against Bangladesh, Naib claimed.

“Yesterday you saw it against India, who definitely have probably the best batting attack.

“So in case the wicket helps our spinners, it’s very complicated for any team, not only Bangladesh.”

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