Afghanistan Cricket Team has had a poor ICC World Cup 2019 campaign so far failing to win any of five matches they played. As they gear up for another stiff challenge against India, the rift between Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons and chief selector Dawlat Ahmadzai has come out in broad daylight.
Simmons stirs new rift in Afghanistan team
Meanwhile, Afghanistan suffered a massive 150-run defeat against England. Batting first, the host rode on a stunning century from Eoin Morgan to post 397 runs on the board before restricting them to 247 runs to script an easy win. Soon after the loss, chief selector Dawlat Ahmadzai blamed the team’s poor performance solely on the coaching staff for not being able to prepare the players properly for the showpiece event.
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However, Afghanistan head coach Phil Simmons revealed on Wednesday that it was actually the chief selector who created the mess the team is in right now and he also had a part to play in the removal of Asghar Afghan from captaincy, just days before the tournament began. Notably, Afghanistan Cricket Board sacked Asghar Afghan as the skipper days before the World Cup which created a stir among the players. Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan had voiced their opinion against the move with Gulbadin Naib – the newly-elected captain also taking a dig at the decision.
“I am in the middle of a World Cup and trying to get our team to perform to the level we expect but at the end of the World Cup I will tell the Afghanistan people about the part that Mr Dawlat Ahmadzai had to play in our preparation and his part in the dismissal of
#AsgharAfghan,” Phil Simmon tweeted.
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Afghanistan; however, need to better their performance when they go up against India on June 22 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Phil Simmons, an experienced customer, will have to take the onus and keep the players motivated for the all-important clash.