Afghanistan, after playing Asia Cup in Dubai, were ready to leave for Caribbean, to play the ICC Under-19 World Cup, but their ‘visa issues’ made an unexpected delay in the team’s arrival. UK embassy in Kabul was responsible to issue transit visa to them, but was not open. Thereafter when everything got clear, Afghanistan is now ready to catch a flight on Wednesday, 12th January from Dubai, via Manchester to Caribbean.
Despite missing out the ICC scheduled warm-up games, coach Raees Ahmadzai reveals that the boys are confident and excited to play the World Cup. Coach Raees feels confident with the junior side of the Afghanistan team and hopes for a good tournament.
Afghanistan, despite missing the warm-up games have some days to practice before their first game. Since 2010, Afghanistan has managed to qualify for this wonderful opportunity of ICC Under-19 World Cup and has also performed well in 2018, making it to the last four. Qais Ahmad took 14 wickets and was named the second best bowler of ICC Under-19, 2018.
The World Cup starts from January 14, with the hosts, West Indies playing the first match against Australia. India seems to have dominated the warm up games, as well as looks boosted up after the Asia Cup win. India has till now won 4 Under-19 World Cup titles and has managed to reach runners-up for three times.
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) January 11, 2022