Nabi Backs Afghan Spinners to Shine at World Cup

Written by Abhishek Patil

Mohammad Nabi said Afghanistan’s spinners would be a handful at the cricket World Cup after their experiences of playing in England and in the cauldron of the Indian Premier League.

The 34-year-old batting all-rounder will form a potent spin attack with Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman at the World Cup, with all three currently contesting the high-pressure IPL.

“Ours is a good combination because Rashid and Mujeeb are wicket-taking bowlers and I am more defensive, bowling a lot of dot balls,” Nabi, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, told AFP in an interview.

“It was a great experience for us and was of big help,” he said of last year’s T20 Blast. “Rashid and I bowled really well and he also batted well.

“We will quickly get adjusted to the conditions there hopefully,” added Nabi, who will represent Kent in this year’s 20-over contest.

Now expectations are building for their second World Cup, where Afghanistan’s cricketers will hope to bring further joy to their war-torn nation.

“We will try our best at the World Cup and challenge every team that we play against,” Nabi said.

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