[caption id="attachment_753154" align="alignnone" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/colin-munro.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-753154" alt="Colin Munro" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/colin-munro.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Colin Munro (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/colin-munro/">Colin Munro</a> has made a name for himself through his exploits in limited-overs cricket. More recently, he finished as the leading run-getter in the Caribbean Premier League for his title-winning team Trinbago Knight Riders. <p></p> <p></p>It's another fact that the big-hitting left-hander averages 51.58 in first-class cricket but for New Zealand, he hasn't been able to cement a place in Tests. While he has 40 ODIs and 45 T20Is to his name, his sole Test appearance came in January 2013, against South Africa where he registered a first-ball duck in debut innings and scored 15 in the second. <p></p> <p></p>With his efforts in red-ball cricket not yielding the desired results, the 31-year-old has given up the format to focus on limited-overs and seal a place for the ICC World Cup 2019 in England. <p></p> <p></p> To give up first-class cricket was a tough decision and I have been thinking about it for the last couple of years, Munro was quoted as saying by <em>The Hindu</em> on Sunday. It wasn t easy to give up 10 years of first-class cricket and about 50 matches, but I wasn t getting the rewards I wanted. <p></p> <p></p>Munro thinks the World Cup will be an evenly contested tournament and expects New Zealand to do well. I think New Zealand would play well in the conditions of England, where we have had successes in the past. England, West Indies and India too have good chances in what I think will be a hotly contested World Cup, with all teams playing one another once, he said. <p></p> <p></p>For him, Afghanistan are the one to watch out for. At the recently concluded Asia Cup in the UAE, Afghanistan got the better of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and tied a match against world no. 1 India to prove how far they have come in international cricket. <p></p> <p></p>Munro, who is in Sharjah for the Afghanistan Premier League (APL), feels he T20 tournament will benefit Afghan cricketers. They (Afghanistan) have match-winners with both bat and ball, and they have shown what they could do at the recent Asia Cup. I feel APL would help their cricketers greatly. Rubbing shoulders with some of the best cricketers in the world will be beneficial for them, he added.