It’s almost a perfect way for Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi and his team to start their campaign on February 27 against neighbours Pakistan at the Asia Cup 2014, being held in Bangladesh. Pakistan might be witnessing their weakest phase in terms of batting in their cricketing history.
The Fatullah pitch offers no help to the seamers. All that the Pakistanis have in their favour is their potent spin attack, which constitutes the best bowler in limited over cricket right now – Saeed Ajmal.
On the other hand Afghanistan cricket has been on a high since its inclusion in the International Cricket Council (ICC) associate nations. It has now become a regular part of the cricket calendar worldwide. The team has won four of its last five games and is on a high. Even though Pakistan is facing a rather inexperienced team, they wouldn’t want to make the mistake of taking them lightly.
Here’s a look at 7 reasons you should not miss the Pakistan vs Afganistan Asia Cup 2014 match:
This 24-year-old is already being pinned as the next Wasim Akram. There is hardly any doubt that he can make the ball talk when he is bowling. The Fatullah pitch provides nothing to the seamers, but if you’ve got the skills like this man has, you don’t need the pitch to talk for you.
Saeed Ajmal (Pakistan):
He is the best limited overs bowler in the world. None of the batsmen around the world have been able to pick his doosra unless their name is Kumar Sangakkara. This veteran seems to have a lot of good performances remaining in him and would love to open his wickets’ account against the minnows.
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan):
To hope to see him finally deliver with the bat: He is too talented a player to not do so for such a long time. Let’s just wish we finally get to see boom boom in full force.
Umar Akmal (Pakistan):
To hope to see him finally learn something from Virat Kohli and finish the game once he is in. He has all the talent in the world and has got all the shots in the book. It’s temperament he needs to work on.
Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran (Afghanistan):
Two of the most exiting fast bowling prospects from the country. If they can leave up to the expectations we may have the huge upset that would light up this Asia cup.
Mohammad Shahzad (Afghanistan):
He has scored three out of the seven centuries that the Afghani batsmen have scored till date. The team would look up to him to deliver on the big stage.
Underdog Afghanistan vs Giant Pakistan:
And finally, to hope to see an upset, there’s nothing better than watching an underdog beat a giant unless that giant is your team!
All in all, the Pakistan vs Afghanistan Asia Cup 2014 match promises to be an interesting contest. It comes to Pakistani bowling vs Afghani determination. No matter how it ends, we are bound to witness one hell of a game!