Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan calls for greater ‘opportunities’ | Cricket News – Times of India


DUBAI: Afghanistan spin wizard Rashid Khan on Monday mentioned he has gained from taking part in in international leagues however the nation’s up and coming expertise wants extra publicity to top-flight opposition.
The Mohammad Nabi-led facet crushed Sri Lanka within the opener of the Asia Cup Twenty20 event and subsequent tackle Bangladesh in Sharjah on Tuesday.
Rashid stays the brightest star in a galaxy of proficient gamers lots of whom have seen darkish days within the war-torn nation, which witnessed one other takeover by the Taliban final yr.
Regardless of the chances, the one-time minnows have made their presence felt among the many cricketing elite since making their Check debut in 2018 in India.
The 23-year-old Rashid, who has been key to the group’s fairytale rise, alongside Nabi and former captain Asghar Afghan, mentioned they nonetheless want extra space within the cricketing calender with high groups.
“We have not performed a lot worldwide cricket, particularly the longer format. It is simply in regards to the FTP (future excursions programme), it is not within the hand of the gamers,” Rashid instructed reporters on the eve of their second Asia Cup match.
“We wish to play a whole lot of worldwide cricket, that offers alternatives as kids come up via that. They need to get the type of setting the place they’ll promote their cricket and expertise.”
Afghanistan are scheduled to play 53 ODIs, 71 T20Is and 22 Checks between April 2022 and Could 2027 however most of them in opposition to decrease ranked groups like Eire and Zimbabwe.
Rashid, a champion leg-spinner who plies his commerce in varied short-format leagues together with the IPL and the Hundred, has raced to 112 wickets in 67 T20 internationals.
“Enjoying all of the worldwide leagues is one thing which supplies us the type of alternative the place we will study from the very best gamers,” mentioned Rashid.
“That’s the place we study and we deliver that have to the nationwide degree and share that with the group. The extra gamers go around the globe and play within the leagues, I believe that’s what helps us, particularly within the batting division.”
All the time generally known as giantkillers, Afghanistan’s inventory has risen significantly on the Asia Cup after they hammered Sri Lanka by eight wickets on Saturday once they skittled their opponents for a meagre 105 after which knocked off the runs in simply 10.1 overs.
“We now have ready nicely and we performed a great sport in opposition to Sri Lanka however that is gone,” Rashid mentioned.
“We take into consideration taking one sport at a time and provides 100 per cent. It would not matter if the opposite group takes us evenly or not, we work exhausting and observe nicely.
“For us, each opposition is the hardest opposition. Tomorrow, if we play Hong Kong, we may have the identical preparation as after we play India.”


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