Fatullah : Buoyed by a spirited effort from his boys against heavyweights Pakistan, the Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan on Friday sounded a warning bell for India and Sri Lanka stating that they are “hungry to win” a match in the ongoing Asia Cup tournament.
Afghanistan on Thursday had reduced Pakistan to 117 for six before they recovered well to end up at 248 thereby winning the match by 72 runs.
“All of our boys are very hungry to win a game or two here they know how much it ill change the team. If we get one or two wins it will change the future of youngsters and the next ten years of Afghanistan cricket,” Afghan coach Khan told reporters after their 72-run loss to Pakistan at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium.
“I think, after the performance, all the rest of the teams who are playing against us will think twice before trying to take us lightly. They will definitely look out for our bowling and specially plan for our bowlers. We came here in this tournament not to win in the Cup but to to win one or two games. That`s what we want to take from here,” Khan added.
Boasting a fine bowling attack in Shapoor Zadran and Dawlat Zadran who tries to ape Waqar Younis, Afghanistan would have a formidable attack against the big teams, the coach added.
“Well, in Afghanistan, the boys are well-built. They are strong and tough. They are aggressive. And obviously, that helps in them being fast bowlers. Kids back home want to be fast bowlers, not spinners. It`s just natural.”
The coach further added that they have another fine pacer in Hamid Hassan.
“You haven’t seen Hamid Hassan yet. When you see him, it will change your views as well.”
Khan said cricket’s future in the country would go for a sea-change if they can pick some points in the five nation tournament.
“The one thing that I keep on mentioning is that the cause why we are here is totally different from the other teams. Other teams might be here to win the tournament or to perform very well.
“We want to perform very well but our cause is totally different. If we win even a single match here, it will change the future of Afghanistan for the next ten years.
“Our youngsters, our youth will come to sports. And that is what we want to change. Our total cause is to change the whole culture of Afghanistan, not only to win the tournament.”
Asked whether the associate nation was looking at tomorrow’s match against Bangladesh to taste their major success in Interntional cricket, he said: “We would be playing against Bangladesh in the ICC World Twenty20 also. If we want to go to the second round there, we have to beat Bangladesh.
“We have to beat them. Because we are playing them in the World Twenty20, we want to put extra pressure on them and play well against them to boost ourselves for the World Twenty20 as well. Let me remind you, T20 is our favourite format.”
Reiterating that they have come here to learn cricket
From the big brothers, Khan said: “We are a new team.
Everything we learn is a positive for us, there are no negatives. We are learning at each step, from everything.
We are preparing for the 2015 World Cup. We’re playing in a tournament that has three World Champions in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
“If we are playing against those three, we can take home plenty of positives from them, work on them for a year and learn from them in time for the World Cup.”