Afghanistan a threat for Pakistan, Sri Lanka in U-19 cricket World Cup
By Khaama Press - Sat Jan 23 2016, 2:34 pm
With the back to back victories on international level achieved by the Afghanistan national cricket team, leading the Afghanistan to historic series wins, the Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team has started looking up to the seniors as they have set sights on ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup.
The Afghan U-19s will play together with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Canada in Group B which is believed to be one of the toughest preliminary round in U-19 cricket world Cup.
Although the captains of the other teams are not short of confidence with their upcoming performance in Group B of the World Cup, but t was the Afghanistan Under-19 captain who firmly said that his team has set sights on the title.
Pakistan has secured championship in U-19 World Cup two times in the past with Sri Lanka remaining a strong contender along with the fast-improving Canada, however the Afghan captain Ihsanullah is confident to beat Pakistan and the top the Group B.
“It is a moment of pride for us to play on the big stage and this time we are aiming to not only make the semi-finals but also go on to be the champion side of the tournament,” he was quoted as saying in a report by IBN Live.
“Our targets in the group are obviously Pakistan and Sri Lanka because if we manage to beat either one of them, we will qualify for the next round. There is no reason why we can’t defeat Pakistan, Sri Lanka, or any of the other big sides,” Ihsanullah said.
Afghanistan will get an early chance to test its mettle as it is drawn to meet Pakistan in the first match in Sylhet on January 28, before facing Sri Lanka next two days later at the same venue.