Since the return of the Taliban to the country, Afghanistan has been facing the possibility of being briefly banned from the tournament if the women’s game is stopped.
Then star spinner Rashid Khan stepped down from the captaincy, another known obstacle to the stability of the Afghan team before the visa issue.
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All-rounder Nabi Rashid agreed to replace him as captain and the unrest plagued the team.
“The team is brilliant, they have been preparing for the last month and a half,” Nabi said.
“There was a bit of a fight over visas, so they didn’t come to the UAE early. They were practicing in Qatar.”
Nabi, like Rashid, was already in the UAE, playing in the Indian Premier League with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
It is not uncommon for Afghanistan to cause problems.
They lost nine matches in the 2019 50-over World Cup in England, when captain Asghar Afghan was sacked a few weeks before the event to replace Gulbadin Naib.
But T20 is the format where Afghanistan has won 12 matches in a row in 2018-19 – the most of any team.
They also hold the record for most runs in 2 T20– 3 International Twenty20s against Ireland in Dehradun in 201 T20s.
Hazratullah Zazai, part of the current squad, has hit the most sixes in an innings with 116 runs, the second highest individual score by Australia’s Aaron Finch after 122.
The Prophet vowed that his team would not change their offensive style.
“We always have the mentality to play with courage,” said Nabi, Afghanistan’s captain at the 2015 50-over World Cup in Australia.
“We have the same approach to bowling, whether they are fast bowlers or spinners.”
Nabi added that the former Zimbabwean player and England coach Andy Flower, who has been appointed as the batting consultant for the event, will lift the team.
“He (Flower) is a great coach and a great mentor for every player. He knows a lot about the UAE pitch,” Nabi said.
Nabi said he is eager to get the leadership back.
“Yes, it is a difficult task but I will do my best to lead the team to the World Cup and perform well in the tournament.
“I’m really excited to be playing as a captain in this event.”
Afghanistan will play their first match on October 25 against a Group B qualifier, possibly Bangladesh.
They are grouped in Group 2 of the Super 12 with India, Pakistan, New Zealand and two qualifiers.
The T20 World Cup starts on Sunday with the back-to-back games in Oman.