The Afghanistan coach Rashid Latif hopes that his team doesn’t go Kenya’s way. Kenya had also taken giant strides in terms of rising in international cricket. They had even reached the semi final round in the 2003 World Cup, but, after that, they faded and today, they don’t even have the right to play One Day matches at the international level. Latif doesn’t want the same thing to happen with Afghanistan as well.
Just about 6 years ago, Afghanistan was one of the 5th division teams. No one would have expected them to develop so quickly to make it to the World Cup 2015, but, they did that and in the recently concluded Asia Cup, they showed that they can even create upsets in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Latif has recently been appointed by the Afghanistan Cricket Board to get the team prepared for the game’s biggest event i.e. the World Cup. He has been working with the players in a camp in Karachi since the last few weeks.
He answered the questions of the reporters regarding Afghanistan’s plans for the upcoming tournament.
When asked how important this tournament is for the Afghans, the former Pakistani wicketkeeper said, “It’s obviously very, very important, but, I would not say its make or break. We will have to make sure that we don’t let our level drop after the tournament.”
When asked if he thinks the Afghans would be able to surprise a few teams during the course of the World Cup, Latif said, “Well yes, this team certainly has the capability. Our aim would be to get better of Bangladesh and the other associate nation, but, on our day, we can test some top teams as well.”
It’s going to be Afghanistan’s first ever appearance in an ODI World Cup.