[caption id="attachment_827413" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-827413" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Mohammad-Nabi.jpg" alt="Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan" width="628" height="355" /> Mohammad Nabi (AFP Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mohammad-nabi/news/">Mohammad Nabi</a> said <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/afghanistan/">Afghanistan</a>'s spinners would be a handful at the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">ICC World Cup</a> after their experiences playing in England and in the cauldron of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/indian-premier-league-2019-200997/">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL). <p></p> <p></p>The 34-year-old batting allrounder will form a potent spin attack with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rashid-khan/news/">Rashid Khan</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mujeeb-ur-rahman">Mujeeb Ur Rahman</a> at the World Cup, with all three currently contesting the high-pressure IPL. <p></p> <p></p>Nabi and Khan also played for Leicestershire Foxes and Sussex Sharks respectively in England's T20 Blast last year, while Rahman has been signed by Middlesex for the coming season. <p></p> <p></p>"Ours is a good combination because Rashid and Mujeeb are wicket-taking bowlers and I am more defensive, bowling a lot of dot balls," Nabi, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, said. <p></p> <p></p>"It was a great experience for us and was of big help," he said of last year's T20 Blast. "Rashid and I bowled really well and he also batted well. <p></p> <p></p>"We will quickly get adjusted to the conditions there hopefully," added Nabi, who will represent Kent in this year's 20-over contest. <p></p> <p></p>While most of the Afghan team are at a training camp in South Africa, the spinners are all warming up for the 50-over World Cup in the IPL. <p></p> <p></p>Both Nabi and Khan have starred in Hyderabad's campaign, and 18-year-old Rahman is playing for Kings XI Punjab. <p></p> <p></p>But Nabi said the IPL, with its big crowds and tight games, was great preparation for the World Cup despite the differences between T20 and 50-over cricket. "The IPL helps a lot," Nabi said. "If you play these kind of pressure games before the World Cup it will help a lot in the tournament against top opposition teams." <p></p> <p></p>"It is a white-ball format after all. Yes it is a change of format but you can adjust easily to the 50-over game," he added. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Beating the odds</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Nabi's seven wickets from less than 16 overs, conceding a parsimonious 87 runs, has made him one of the top 10 bowlers in this year's IPL. <p></p> <p></p>He will now hope to take that form into the World Cup, where Afghanistan face a daunting opener against defending champions Australia on June 1. <p></p> <p></p>The strong middle-order batsman has been at the centre of Afghanistan's fairytale rise, captaining the side at their first World Cup in 2015. <p></p> <p></p>But while many Afghanistan players learned the game in refugee camps in Pakistan, Nabi hails from a wealthy Afghan family that lived in Pakistan during the Soviet invasion. <p></p> <p></p>Since beating the odds to compete at the 2010 World T20 in England, Afghanistan have qualified for all major international tournaments and won their first Test against Ireland last month. <p></p> <p></p>"It was a historic occasion," Nabi said of the victory. <p></p> <p></p>Now expectations are building for their second World Cup, where Afghanistan's cricketers will hope to bring further joy to their war-torn nation. <p></p> <p></p>"We will try our best at the World Cup and challenge every team that we play against," Nabi said. "Inshallah (God-willing) in future we will challenge everybody in Test cricket."