Afghanistan is turning out to be a “power house” of spinners, with world class track turners emerging from the Central Asian country. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran are a force to reckon with and are allready on the radar of every franchise owner in the various T20 leagues. The world would have missed on to see the magic of Zahir Khan, who is another young Afghan prodigy, picked by Rajasthan Royals in IPL auctions, but got injured before the start of the season. Why Afghanistan is producing spinners at a rapid rate.
The world is turning their attention to the historic Bengaluru test where Afghanistan will make their test debut after getting the full membership of ICC last year. In an interview their captain Asghar Stanikzai says that their spinners will give tough challenge to strong Indian batting line up, and also revealed that spinner friendly Indian wickets are the reason why Afghanistan is producing spinners at a rapid rate.
Not to forget, Afghanistan trains and play their home games in Noida, due to security concerns and infrastructural problems in their country.
“Our spinners are doing well so that is why most people are talking about them. The wickets in Afghanistan are similar to what you see in India, more helpful to the spinners. That could be one reason. Because of that factor, our batsmen also play spin well,” said Stanikzai in an interview with PTI as reported by Times of India.
He sees the upcoming Afghan T20 league in Sharjah further fast-tracking the growth of the game in the country.
“What we would have achieved in 10 years, with the league we could do that within the next three years. Our players will get to rub shoulders with the best in the business. The main thing in international cricket is absorbing pressure and they will get to learn that by playing alongside top foreign players,” he added.