Afghanistan’s chances for representing in the ICC CWC 2019 are shattered due to their poor outing in the ongoing ICC qualifiers at Zimbabwe.
While Scotland shocked Afghanistan in the first match, Zimbabwe won a thriller by two runs in the second.
These losses made Afghanistan’s chances slim for their entry to the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
What went wrong?
Skipper Stanikzai who had undergone a surgery couldn’t return to the team prior to qualifiers.
— Afghan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) March 8, 2018
While it was expected that Nabi would be the captain, the responsibility was handed into the hands of young Rashid who wasn’t able to make a difference that his former skipper had brought into the squad.
Afghanistan played their third match against Hong Kong and loss by 30 runs (DLS method).
Afghanistan lose their third successive match at #CWCQ! They're defeated by 30 runs (DLS method) after only reaching 195/9 in response to Hong Kong's 241/8!#AFGvHK scorecard ➡️ https://t.co/OocZl5iBqM pic.twitter.com/7cJsHSdpzR
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) March 8, 2018
2015 WC – Their first one
It is to be noted that Afghanistan made their WC debut in 2015 WC and won a match against Scotland by 1 wicket.
Scotland and Zimbabwe – Locking horns
Scotland hadn’t won a single match in the World Cup till now but making sure to keep their desires alive by winning the qualifier matches.
Scotland is now ranked first in the group B with the hosts Zimbabwe next to them.
While Ireland and Windies (Group A) are ticking their boxes in their journey, it will be interesting to see which two teams will advance to the 2019 WC.