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Mohammad Nabi defends decision to bring in Rashid Khan after 10th over against Pakistan

Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi has defended his choice to introduce front-line spinner Rashid Khan into the assault after 10 overs within the T20 World Cup loss in opposition to Pakistan.

Defending a difficult 148, Afghanistan introduced within the star leg-spinner solely within the eleventh over with Pakistan needing 76 runs from 60 balls.

Afghanistan misplaced the sport by 5 wickets on Friday evening.

“I believe it’s not too late after 10 overs. He bowled rather well, and he restricted them fairly nicely,” Nabi mentioned on the post-match media interplay.

“…that’s why on the finish they’ve 12 balls for twenty-four runs. It meant he restricted them fairly nicely,” Nabi added.

Rashid, who registered figures of two/26, dismissed Mohammad Hafeez (10) earlier than taking the essential scalp of skipper Babar Azam (51) to place Pakistan in a precarious place.

However Asif Ali as soon as once more performed the finisher’s position to perfection, smashing 4 sixes in an over to energy Pakistan to a five-wicket win.

“Pakistan completed the sport nicely on the finish. However our boys performed rather well. We threw early wickets, then we put a good whole on the board.

“We restricted them very tight till the nineteenth over. In the long run, Pakistan gained the sport. That’s part of cricket.”

The match was additionally marred by crowd bother with spectators making an attempt to climb the fence of the stadium earlier than the safety employees intervened.

“For the Afghan followers, please purchase a ticket and are available to the stadium. Don’t repeat once more. This isn’t good,” Nabi mentioned.

For Afghanistan, it was their first defeat of the event in Group 2 as they face harder challenges forward with matches in opposition to India and New Zealand.

“There’s quite a lot of constructive issues in these video games. We take the constructive issues and we have now three extra video games, inshallah we’ll do nicely, and now our staff is in excessive morale.”

The normally calm and composed Nabi seemed visibly upset after a scribe requested him a query on their diplomatic relation with Pakistan after Taliban’s takeover.

“I believe we are able to simply persist with cricket, leaving out the state of affairs. Will probably be higher. We’re right here for the World Cup and we have now come stuffed with confidence and preparation,” Nabi mentioned.

Prodded additional on Pakistan-Afghanistan relations after the change of presidency, Nabi mentioned: “It’s not a cricket query”, earlier than leaving the world.

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