Asghar Afghan, the captain of Afghanistan, believes that his team would have been in the final of the 2018 Asia Cup had their matches been played in Dubai instead of Abu Dhabi. After the team bowed out with a memorable tie against India, the skipper stated that Afghanistan had sounded “the warning bells” to major cricketing nations.

“I was sure that the conditions in Dubai would suit us better, because no team has played as much there as we have. It was hard luck that our matches were all in Abu Dhabi,” said Asghar. “If our matches had been played on this track in Dubai, I can confirm that Afghanistan would have been in the final. That was unfair on us. The wicket in Abu Dhabi went against our bowling. Nevertheless, our bowlers and batsmen have performed.”

“I said before the Asia Cup in a press conference that Afghanistan did not come here to just play the Asia Cup. We came here to make a statement and that is what we have done” he added. “We fell short, you can say because of a lack of experience. The boys understand that, they know what has to be done next time. It’s been fantastic, and we’ve learned a lot from this Asia Cup. Inshallah, the next time our cricket will be the best.”