Afghanistan need top teams exposure to improve, says Naib

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Published on June 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:02s
Naib wants Afghanistan to play more against top teams

Afghanistan need top teams exposure to improve, says Naib

SHOWS: SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND, UK (JUNE 21, 2019) (ICC - NO RESALES) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GULBADIN NAIB, AFGHANISTAN CAPTAIN, SAYING: "Yeah, sure, we want also.

If you look for we're playing against the other associate teams now, Ireland, Scotland, our squad, we're doing really well.

But we need to improve our game, so we should play with the good teams like India, Australia, South Africa, Pakistan.

So if you're targeting like the top five or top six teams, we should play a lot of series with them.

If we play with them, maybe Afghanistan will be -- yeah, we will be losing the matches, or we will be struggling, but one day Afghanistan will be different." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) VIJAY SHANKAR, INDIA ALL-ROUNDER, SAYING: "No, it's not about against whom we're playing.

I think it's about how we play as individuals.

As I said earlier, we always look to get better, even when we get to practice session.

That is the only motive that we have.

So we'll just look to get better.

So it doesn't matter against whom we're playing.

It's just about how we play against each and every individual.

It should be the same.

STORY: Afghanistan need regular exposure against the top teams before they can compete at the World Cup, captain Gulbadin Naib said ahead of Saturday's (June 22) match against India.

Naib's men have been the whipping boys of the 10-team tournament and are rooted at the bottom of the points table after five defeats in as many matches.

They could not bat out full 50 overs in their first four matches, a streak they finally ended in their comprehensive defeat by England on Tuesday.

Afghanistan's spin-heavy attack struggled on pitches that did not offer any turn, their batting looked brittle against genuine pace and their overall inexperience showed in their second World Cup appearance.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board is exploring possibilities of bilateral series against top teams, the 28-year-old said.

England captain Eoin Morgan led from the front with a blistering 148, which included a record 17 sixes, as the hosts steamrolled Afghanistan by 150 runs in Manchester.

Nabi took heart from their improved batting performance against Morgan's men.

They face another title contender on Saturday and Nabi admitted India, unbeaten in the tournament so far, would be a tough test for his team.

All-rounder Vijay Shankar said that India would not under-estimate Afghanistan.

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