WATCH OUT! Three Zimbabwe players duck to avoid being hit by a ball at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das
With fond memories of the Asia Cup win against Bangladesh, Afghanistan want to repeat the feat and qualify for the second round of the ICC World T20.
Speaking to reporters at a local hotel in Chittagong yesterday, Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi said, “We have players who are experienced in Bangladesh grounds…even in T20s like the BPL and it will help lead the team to good results.”
“All the players of the team are working hard to beat Bangladesh and to keep the momentum,” Nabi added.
All rounder Samiullah Shenwari, who scored a brilliant half-century to help his side beat Bangladesh in the Asia Cup echoed Nabi's emotions.
“We have good hitters, spinners, fast bowlers and all of us are ready to give our full effort to beat Bangladesh,” said Shenwari.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong captain Jamie Atkinson deemed Bangladesh and Afghanistan as the strongest sides of Group A. With regards to his own side, Atkinson hopes they can play their natural game.
“Bangladesh have good experience of one dayers, T20s and Test cricket. Moreover, it is their home ground. It would be difficult to beat Bangladesh. But there won't be any pressure on us. We will look to play our natural game,” he said.
Also present was Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor, who believed that there was no room for complacency.
“Cricketing techniques are developing quickly and every team is prepared to do their best. So there's no chance to take any other team flatly,” said Taylor.