England will look to gain more solidity as they take on a spirited Afghanistan in a crucial Super 10 Group 1 encounter of the ICC World T20 at the Feroz Shah Kotla here. England made a sensational comeback after suffering a big defeat against West Indies. Joe Root led England to a record chase of 229 runs against South Africa and that has brought in a buzz and wave of positivist in the English camp. The Afghanistan batting line up put up a strong show against South Africa with Mohammad Shahzad keeping the hopes alive of them staying very much in tournament, but it was not enough to pull off an upset. Nevertheless, the Afghan batting performance may worry the English camp.

Afghanistan coach Inzamam ul Haq said:

“The boys have worked hard. It feels good that people are appreciating Afghanistan. We have qualified for the World Cup and played some good cricket.”

“We might not have won a single game, but we have played good cricket. If we improve a level, we can win. This Afghanistan team has got all the talent, they just need more exposure. The more they play international cricket, the more their talent will improve.”

Asghar Stanikzai said:

“Definitely it is a proud moment to read such encouraging tweets from cricket legends. It’s true we played good cricket as a team and we need ICC support in the upcoming World Cups.”

“Recently, we played two T20 and two ODI series with Zimbabwe. So we have beaten a full member in four series. So you can compare how competitive we are and what we can do if given a chance in future World Cups.”

 

 

England know they need to win this against Afghanistan tie as it will put them in a position from which they can get closer to ICC World T20 qualification for the semi finals. The inexperienced bowling has let them down and the side would depend on its batters again to see them through.