On Monday, Afghanistan’s master spinner Rashid Khan said that while he had benefited from competing in international tournaments, the nation’s young talent needed more exposure to top-tier competition.
The Mohammad Nabi-led team defeated Sri Lanka in the tournament’s opening game of Twenty20 Asia Cup and will play Bangladesh on Tuesday in Sharjah.
Rashid continues to shine brightest among a galaxy of outstanding athletes, many of whom have experienced difficult times in the country, which last year experienced another Taliban takeover.
Despite the odds, the former outsiders have established themselves among the top cricketers since their Test debut in India in 2018.
Along with Nabi and former captain Asghar Afghan, the 23-year-old Rashid has been instrumental in the team’s incredible rise. He stated that they still require more room in the cricketing calendar with top teams.
“We haven’t played a lot of lengthier formats of international cricket. The FTP (future tours programme) is the only thing at stake; players have no control over it “On the night of their second Asia Cup game, Rashid told reporters.
“We want to play a lot of international cricket because it opens up opportunities for new players. They ought to be placed in an environment that would help them develop their talents and game of cricket.”