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Afghanistan for series against full members

Afghanistan cricket captain Asghar Stanikzai on Tuesday appealed to the ICC to provide them with increased opportunities for showcasing their talents rather than suppression from World Cups.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rubber stumped plans to reduce the number of teams in the One-Day World Cup in 2019 despite impressive performances by the associate nations during last year’s edition.

The 2019 World Cup will be a 10-team contest, four less than the 2015 edition, which has prompted complaints from the developing teams that they are being forcibly suppressed.

Afghanistan, though losing both their first two matches of the ongoing World T20 against Sri Lanka and South Africa, have distinguished themselves with praiseworthy performances, which have been acknowledged by legends Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Michael Vaughan. They face England at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here on Wednesday. Stanikzai said he was proud that their efforts have been noticed and hoped it would act as a stepping stone for consistency. 

“A proud moment for us that we are getting praise from legends like Tendulkar.

“Definitely we need support from the ICC. We are playing good cricket. If you see our recent performance we have beaten Zimbabwe in their own backyard and in the UAE,” Stanikzai said at the pre-match press conference.

“So we are showing that we are a competitive side. In this World Cup we are not just here to make up the numbers. Our games were not one sided. Our aim is to win at least a match against a full member. All teams are scared of us. They are wary that we can beat them.”

Stanikzai said their performances indicate they are on an upward curve and appealed to the governing body to provide them with competitive opportunities against the Test playing nations and harness them towards becoming a strong cricket-playing nation. 
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