News - Afghanistan
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on Thursday announced the national team is taking part in a training camp in preparation for their 2016 World Cup T20 qualifying matches which will be held in Scotland next month.
Eighteen players are taking part in the training camp in which players will focus on batting, fielding and bowling.
"We are focusing on the physical power and integration of team players and also in fielding, bowling and batting. The team will leave for England on June 25 where they will play four friendly matches," ACB chief executive Shafiqullah Stanikzai said.
On July 2, the Afghan national team will go to Scotland where it will play in the qualifying rounds scheduled from 9 to 26 July.
"The boys are prepared. Six teams from sixteen countries will qualify for T20 world cup matches. We are determined to make our way to the World Cup," Stanikzai added.
"We focused on the challenges we faced in the past particularly in the batting field. I am confident that if we apply the training we received, results will be seen," national team captain Asghar Stanikzai said.
"All teams will face major rivals including the Afghan team. But I am hopeful that we will get first position in our group after facing Nepal and Holland," national team player Jawed Ahmadi said.
Afghanistan will play two friendly matches with Hong Kong and Jersey teams on July 7 and July 8 in Scotland.
Afghanistan has been placed in the second group of T20 World Cup qualifying matches and will play teams from Oman, UAE, Holland, Scotland and Kenya. The national team will play its match against Holland on July 9 in Scotland.