New Delhi: Post 2015 Cricket World Cup, Afghanistan has been seen as one of the fastest growing cricketing nation. The players are emerging and the country has also been awarded the Test nation status. The sudden emerge is scripted by its players who are spreading their wings around the globe in various T20 leagues. After Rashid Khan made his impact in the cash-rich Indian Premier League, he has been sorted all around for his guile and bowling abilities. Most recently more Afghan players are making a splash in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).
The Afghan captain Mohammed Nabi and youngster Rashid Khan have been a revelation since they joined BBL in December. Nabi, playing for Melbourne Renegades, and Rashid, playing for Adelaide Strikers, have been in impressive forms for their respective teams. (READ: It’s like dream, says Rashid Khan after Adam Gilchrist uses his image as profile picture on Twitter)
Nabi has played five games, scoring 65 runs in the process at an average of 32.50 and a strike rate of 141.30. He even scored a half-century in the Melbourne derby against the Stars. The 33-year-old has also taken five wickets at a brilliant economy rate of 5.78.
On the other hand, 20-year-old Rashid Khan has claimed eight wickets in just four games that he has played at an average of 10.12. The leg-break bowler has an economy rate of only 5.06 in the tournament. (ALSO READ: It would be my final BBL season, announces former England batsman Kevin Pietersen)
Afghanistan, having been invited by the BCCI to play their inaugural Test match against India, have been gearing up for it. Afghanistan recently appointed Phil Simmons as their head coach, who replaced Lalchand Rajput. They won the Intercontinental Cup held in the UAE. While India does not have any home Test series scheduled in 2018, reports say that the BCCI will try to squeeze in the game before India leave for Australia in November.