Former Afghanistan skipper Gulbadin Naib has come up with some interesting revelations about his senior teammates. Naib revealed that the seniors were not performing deliberately in the World Cup. The all-rounder was handed over the captaincy mantle just before the showpiece event.
A lot was expected from Afghanistan as they have taken giant strides in the cricket world in the last decade. However, the team had a forgettable tournament as they failed to savour a win in the nine matches. Thus, they finished at the bottom of the points table.
Afghanistan was not up to the mark.
Furthermore, there were reports of disharmony in the team during the World Cup which added salt to the injury. Moreover, Naib’s own captaincy skills were under the scanner as he was not able to do justice to the role.
Gulbadin Naib was handed over the captaincy duties before the World Cup. Former skipper Asghar Afghan was sacked from the leadership role. The move came as a bolt from the blue for everyone and the Afghanistan players were not able to come up with their best under the leadership of Naib.
Naib could not lead with aplomb.
In fact, Mohammad Shahzad was also sent back home and it was cited that he had a suffered a knee injury. However, it was later discovered that Shahzad was sent back to Afghanistan for breaking disciplinary actions.
Subsequently, after the World Cup, as expected, Gulbadin Naib was removed from the captaincy and Rashid Khan has been handed over the baton.
An Afghanistan journalist took to his Twitter to share the news. The post read as, “We depend mostly on seniors in @cricketworldcup but they were deliberately not performing, not giving attention to me, they were laughing instead of being sad after defeats & even not looking at me when asked to bowl” quoted by sports journalist @wasilwesal from ex-captain @GbNaib.
"We depend mostly on seniors in @cricketworldcup but they were deliberately not performing,not giving attention to me,they were laughing instead of being sad after defeats & even not looking at me when asked to bowl"quoted by sport journalist @wasilwesal from ex captain @GbNaib pic.twitter.com/fI9QDSiueD
— M.Ibrahim Momand (@IbrahimReporter) July 21, 2019