Afghanistan have started raising some eyebrows with their recent performances
Afghanistan cricket coach Kabir Khan has launched a scathing attack against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for having done so little to help the national team progress, despite being the largest and richest board in the subcontinent region.
Khan, a former Pakistan pace bowler, also believes that if the BCCI were to help Afghanistan, then there would be nothing stopping them from becoming a Test nation.
“If you look at England they go out of their way to support the associate cricket nations in their region including Holland, Ireland and Scotland by allowing their players to play in their county and league cricket and helping them with coaching programmes,” Khan said. “In comparison in South Asia although they are four Test playing nations Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh we don’t get that kind of support from them except Pakistan. India has the influence and money to do a lot for Afghanistan cricket if they want. But so far we are still waiting.”
Khan noted that cricket in Afghanistan can really start to thrive if the BCCI were to support and encourage the growth of the sport in the war-torn country.
“There is a lot of passion for cricket in Afghanistan and they are good players but we suffer mainly because we don’t have a domestic cricket structure,” Khan added. “We don’t get enough matches even in this region alone. Pakistan has supported us a lot but we still need support from the other cricket nations in this region particularly India.”
The Afghanistan coach also believes that India have to break their habit of holding the national team in the same regards as Pakistan cricket.
“We are two different cricket playing nations,” Khan said. “Pakistan supports us a lot but until India and other countries also push us Afghanistan will be very slow in making progress as a cricket nation.”
As of right now, Afghanistan are hoping to play as many matches as they can against top ranked opponents in order for them to have more success in the upcoming 2014 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 and 2015 ICC World Cup.
“Some of our players have now done really well and become proper professionals but they need more encouragement and we also need to find some young talent soon,” Khan added. “Right now we are focusing a lot on improving our fitness and fielding skills. We want to play in the next 50 overs World Cup and make our presence felt there that is our target.”