Mohammad Nabi had criticized the Afghanistan Cricket Board for making Gulbadin Naib captain just before the World Cup. However, he believes that making Rashid Khan the captain was a good move and was done with an eye on the future.
Rashid Khan, still just 20-years of age, led Afghanistan to a historic Test victory, it’s third in history against Bangladesh. He not only led the side but also decided the game with his actions taking six wickets in the process. He couldn’t have asked for a better start to his life as captain.
“Before the World Cup we changed the old captain and that was the main thing why we couldn’t play well as a team. That captain never captained in his life. That’s why we didn’t do that well in the World Cup, and even though we had good games against India, Pakistan and West Indies, we lost those matches,” Nabi said in Chattogram, after Afghanistan’s historic Test win over Bangladesh.
Afghanistan put on a pathetic show at the World Cup where they failed to win a single game in nine matches during the tournament in England and Wales. Their chaotic dressing room dynamics reflected on the pitch in their sour performances.
“It’s all about the team combination. Before the World Cup, the board members changed the old captain and the combination didn’t work in the World Cup,” Nabi said. “Herewith Rashid Khan as captain, he can lead the team. Besides that, me and Asghar (Afghan) support him a lot.”
“But now it’s changed. We have given chances to our young players. There are many young players for T20s and in this Test, we debuted three young players. This is the main thing we are focusing on and we have put up a young captain. He is the number one bowler in the world as well.”
Mohammad Nabi has retired from Test cricket, but the decision was made to prolong his white-ball career where he continues to be a major influence for the Afghanistan cricket team and will continue to do so for many more years.
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