The former Afghanistan player, Raees Ahmadzai, has said that Afghanistan has got some very talented quick bowlers and the future of the team is looking bright.
Ahmadzai played international cricket for Afghanistan for a couple of years only. He played 5 One Day Internationals and 8 T20 Internationals.
He was a right handed hard hitting batsman. When he retired, he was just 26 years of age. He was appointed as the national selector after that. He did that job for 2 years before starting his coaching career.
In one of his recent interviews, when Ahmadzai was asked about the future of Afghanistan cricket, he said, “It is looking bright. We have got youngsters who are full of potential especially in bowling department. We have got bowlers who are capable of bowling with pace.”
“We need to play more and more matches against big teams. It will help us to improve.”
When asked why he retired at such a young age, Ahmadzai said, “I thought it was the right time for me to make way for the youngsters. I am satisfied with what I achieved when I was playing. I played against some great cricketers like MS Dhoni and Graeme Smith and that’s something which I will always be proud of.”
When asked about the atmosphere in the Afghanistan dressing room before their first ever ODI match, Ahmadzai said, “It was great. We were all happy and proud. I personally couldn’t believe that I was going to play international cricket.”
Afghanistan had played their first ever ODI match against Scotland on 19th of April, 2009. They had managed to demolish the Scots in that match and had won by a huge margin of 89 runs.
With that victory, Afghanistan had secured the 5th place in the 2011 World Cup qualifying competition.