Afghanistan’s Captain Defends Costly Decision To Bowl Himself

Afghanistan’s captain Gulbadin Naib defended his disastrous decision to bring himself on to bowl towards the end of a gripping match against Pakistan on Saturday, a move that cost 18 runs in a single over.

“We had the feeling they weren’t targeting every bowler,” Naib said, adding that “Every team has their plans and I thought the crucial point is for the 46th over that I bowled and 18 runs, it’s not really good.”

“If Hamid was there maybe I didn’t bowl more than three or four overs because I do not have enough speed for this kind of surface,” he added.

But Naib gave credit to Pakistan.

“I think the pressure was on the Pakistan side. But credit goes to them, how they played and how they finished the game,” he said.

Afghanistan, who have lost all eight of their World Cup matches and will play West Indies in their final match at Headingley on July 4.

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