Afganistan have played two matches in world cup 2019 so far and lost both matches. In their first match CWC 2019, Australia beat them and in the second match Sri Lanka Beat them. Their wicket-keeper opening batsman Mohammad Shahzad injured and ruled out from the ICC cricket world cup 2019 due to a knee injury.
Mohammad Shahzad injured during the world cup warm-up match against Pakistan.evaen he can play the two matches for Afghanistan. He scored a duck against Australia and against Sri Lanka he can scored 7 runs. Now the injury forced him to rule out from the tournament.
Ikram Ali Khil joins the Afghanistan team as a replacement of Mohammad Shahzad. Ikram Ali Khil made his ODI debut against Ireland In March 2019.
Afghanistan will play their third game of world cup 2019 against New Zealand on June 8. The game is the must-win game for Afghanistan.
After Sri Lanka match Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib said
“(Where things went wrong) start of the day, we didn’t bowl in good areas and lost momentum from there. They got to 100 in no time. At one point, I thought they would get to 300, but Nabi bowled really well. Wicket wasn’t easy for the batters, so I was telling the bowlers to hit the right spots, hit the deck. In the middle overs, Dawlat and Hamid found their lines. Credit goes to them and the other bowlers. “
“Target wasn’t that tough, especially considering how we have been preparing recently as a chasing side. We need improvement in the batting department, need to learn to stitch small partnerships, especially against such quality bowling. At the start of the day, it was cloudy and I expected it to be the same throughout. We could have batted better, played straighter and watched the ball better.”