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Shahidi eyes positive cricket in series decider

  • Published at 08:13 pm September 30th, 2016
Shahidi eyes positive cricket in series decider
Afghanistan played some fighting cricket against hosts Bangladesh to level the three-match ODI series in Mirpur on Wednesday. And Afghan middle-order batsman Hashmatullah Shahidi said they will look to carry the momentum in the series-decider on Saturday. Shahidi though admitted that it will be tough to win the series against the formidable home side. “It will be tough to win. Because it’s the first time we are playing against Bangladesh in their home. Our plan is to play good cricket and Inshallah we will play good. We are here to play positive cricket. We did some mistakes in the last two games. In the first game, we should have won the match. We are looking to (rectify) the mistakes that we did in the previous games and concentrating on improving those areas,” Shahidi told the media in the pre-match press conference at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday. Shahidi said they will be under pressure in front of the passionate home crowd. But he believes the team which play good and positive cricket will eventually win the match. “Both the sides are strong. Our team are also good and Bangladesh are also very good. Crowd is in their favour. Too much crowd are coming here and supporting them. But if we play good cricket then we will win and if they play good cricket then they will win,” he said. Shahidi gave credit to their coach Lalchand Rajput for their success in the recent past. He also thinks their recent performance will raise their possibilities of achieving the Test membership in future. “In the last one year, Afghanistan cricket improved. Credit goes to our coach as well. Our coach Rajput is working really hard with us. Before him, Inzamam-ul-Haq also did very well,” he said. “We are trying our best to take our Test membership. We are playing good cricket and defeated Ireland two times, in their home and away. We also beat Zimbabwe twice. “We beat the West Indies in the (2016) Twenty20 World Cup and played good cricket against Bangladesh here. So Inshallah, our [Afghanistan] cricket board will organise more matches against the good teams.”
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