Sikandar Raza © Getty Images
Sikandar Raza © Getty Images

Afghanistan won the ICC World Cup Qualifiers trophy at Harare, hosts Zimbabwe did not. Zimbabwe’s very own Sikandar Raza, who during his ‘Man of the Tournament’ presentation expressed his and his teammates sadness over not qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, after narrowly losing out against UAE by 3 runs (DLS method).

Raza said: “Certainly not happy at all. This trophy is a painful reminder of the dreams that we had, of the 15 million dreams we crushed. When I started playing cricket, I thought it was to unite the country, players of different backgrounds, everyone who comes together to play this beautiful sport. Unfortunately that’s not going to happen. It’s a tough pill to swallow.”

He also pointed out the tournament will serve as a reminder that there are ODI-status worthy teams. He said: “This trophy will also serve as a reminder for Peter Borren and the Dutch players, for Coetzer and his Scottish players, for Mustafa and his UAE players, and all the countries who couldn’t make it to the World Cup”.

He also went to wish Nepal for their tremendous show in the tournament. He said: “Congrats to Nepal on the ODI status. This trophy will also serve as a painful reminder for the two of our brother countries who lost their ODI status. I wish them luck. Not much to say; going through a lot of emotions.”