ICC should give us more chances: Afghan captain
Growing in confidence with every opportunity that has come their way, Afghanistan cricket captain Asghar Stanikzai on Wednesday said his team knows how to bea the big guns of the game but the ICC has to give it enough chances.
“You can make a comparison between Afghanistan and other associates. Many associates have been playing for last 30-40 years. They have been participating in World Cup tournaments.
If you see our history, at the elite level we’re playing only recently. We have really done well something other nations could not do it in 30-40 years,” Stanikzai said. “It shows how much talent we have to play at the elite level. Definitely we need big games with full members to increase our experience level. If you play within the Associates we will get experience from each other. But if we take on Full Members it will help us more,” he added referring to their 3-2 win in ODIs and 2-0 win in the T20Is in October last year.
Afghanistan won the ODI series against Zimbabwe 3 2 and became the first Associate side to beat a Full Member nation in a multi-game ODI series and followed it up with a 2-0 win in T20Is.
“We know how to beat Full Members at the Elite level. We have got that experience. As long as we play more games with Full Members, we will get that experience and the distance between the associates and full members will definitely go away,” he said on the eve of their World Twenty20 opener against Sri Lanka in the Super 10s.
Sri Lanka survived a scare in the 2015 World Cup before winning narrowly by four wickets and the Afghanistan skipper said they have it in them to upset the defending champions. “We have players who can perform and change the game at the end of the day. We are not only participating but looking forward to beat some big teams,” he said.