T20 WC: IPL exposure helped Afghans, admits Coach

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 17, 2024 IST

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Gros Islet (St Lucia), June 17: Cricketers from Afghanistan have become a vital part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in last few years.

Afghanistan stars Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Noor Ahmad and a few others have been very impressive in the last few editions of the cash-rich league. 

The IPL exposure has helped them boost their confidence, sharpened their cricketing skills, provided them quality game time to groom them into better players. The IPL exposure has been of immense help, admitted Afghanistan head coach and former South Africa-born English cricketer Jonathan Trott.

Trott attributes much of Afghanistan's success at the ongoing T20 World Cup to the invaluable experience their players have gained from competing in the IPL and other global franchise tournaments.

 Under the guidance of Trott, Afghanistan has showcased remarkable growth and secured their place in the Super 8 stage after three consecutive wins in group C.

"Well, I think the more exposure players have got to the IPL and different franchises where there's pressure all the time in this format of the game, I think that'll only do us well and serve us well going forward," Trott said during a press conference ahead of Afghanistan’s final Group C match against the West Indies.

The head coach noted that players return from these tournaments with both positive and negative changes, while addressing areas needing improvement. I know that the players - and we had a lot of players at the IPL every time they come back, I can see a little bit of a difference or a change every time they go away to franchise good and bad changes. It's just about holding on to those good ones and making sure that we address things that need to be addressed," Trott added.

Afghanistan’s campaign began with a dominant 125-run victory over Uganda, followed by an 84-run upset win over New Zealand. They continued their impressive form by defeating Papua New Guinea, securing three consecutive wins and a spot in the Super 8.

Trott praised the team’s focus and dedication, highlighting a recent training session that showcased the players' commitment to representing their country with pride. "The guys are ready. We just had a really good training session. There was a lot of focus there. I know the boys take a lot of pride in representing their country. So tomorrow, we'll be on it."

Afghanistan will face formidable opponents in the Super 8 -- India on June 20, Australia on June 22, and Bangladesh on June 24.

Interestingly, ever since IPL has begun several foreign players have flourished and their teams have improved their T20 performance, but Team India have won their only ICC T20 World Cup title in 2007. After the IPL started in 2008, India has never won the T20 World Cup again. (With IANS support)

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