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Veteran Afghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi has already set the bar high in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Nine wickets at an economy of 4.8, important runs with the bat, three man-of-the-match awards in six games, he is on a roll.

With the absence of big names, the Afghan cricketer has got the perfect exposure to showcase his skills. And he is the prime reason behind St Lucia Zouks sitting in the second spot in the points table. They currently have four wins from six games.

CPL will help prepare for IPL – Mohammad Nabi

The 35-year-old admitted that he feels extremely happy to finally return to the field. Mohammad Nabi also added that the ongoing CPL is a preparation for the upcoming IPL and the matches to follow.

“It’s been a long time since we played cricket,” he said to Cricketnext. “In the last four months, we didn’t play any cricket. We just had training sessions at home, after one month (of staying at home) we went for training and had a few knocks, but it wasn’t a proper net either.

CPL help prepare IPL Nabi

CPL will help prepare for IPL says Mohammad Nabi (Credit: CPL)

“Now we’re in CPL and I’m really excited to be playing in CPL this time. We’ll try our best to play good cricket and enjoy our cricket. Playing for Zouks will really help in the upcoming matches (after the CPL). I’ve got the IPL for me after this, this will be a proper preparation for it,” he added. 

The dashing all-rounder also seemed excited to reunite with the Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates. Mohammad Nabi along with other Afghan cricketers is likely to miss the last week of CPL 2020. They are likely to visit Kabul to play their domestic T20 tournament before landing in the UAE to play IPL 2020 starting from September 19.

“The bio bubble is very tough,” he said. “Of course, the situation from the last few months is such that we quarantined 14 days for the CPL. And from here into the IPL, we’ll still be quarantined there as well. It is tough, yeah but hopefully we remain safe,” he concluded.