Naveen-ul-Haq says playing in New Zealand much like Afghanistan

Afghanistan demolished Pakistan in their opening match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018. Chasing 189 to win, Aghanistan’s batsmen in Rahmanullah and Ikram Ali Khil guided their side a 5 wicket victory over their neighbours. Speaking after the match, skipper Naveen-ul-Haq said the atmosphere in New Zealand was much like Kabul.

ESPNcricinfo quotes him syaing, “It felt like it was a home game in Kabul. It was amazing to see them come here and back us throughout the match. We didn’t expect this kind of support. We knew they will run out onto the field. It was an amazing moment.”

Despite the winning start, Naveen maintained that Afghanistan should not let success get to their head. Post victory, the team received calls from head of ACB, CEO and the Prime Minister of Aghanistan himself. Even Rashid Khan, who is playing BBL in Australia, managed to give the boys a pep-talk.

Afghanistan next play Sri Lanka on January 17.