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World Cup 2019: Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons makes startling revelation after England defeat

All is not well in the Afghanistan camp as blame games have started once again after their latest defeat in the World Cup 2019 against England on Tuesday. Afghanistan crashed to a 150-run loss against the hosts, which was their fifth defeat in succession.

The team is placed in last place in the points table with five losses from as many games.

Chief selector of the Afghanistan cricket team, former fast bowler Dawlat Ahmadzai, put the blame for the team’s poor performance solely on the coaching staff for not being able to prepare the players properly for the showpiece event.

Afghanistan head coach Phil Simmons on the other hand, revealed on Wednesday that it was actually the chief selector who was responsible for the mess the team is in right now and he also had a part to play in the removal of Asghar Afghan from captaincy, just days before the tournament began.

The ACB had removed Asghar Afghan as the national team’s captain and named three different captains for Tests, ODIs and T20Is less than two months before the World Cup. Star cricketers in the team like Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan had voiced their opinion against the move with the newly-elected captain Gulbadin Naib also slamming the decision.

“I am in the middle of a World Cup and trying to get our team to perform to the level we expect but at the end of the World Cup I will tell the Afghanistan people about the part that Mr Dawlat Ahmadzai had to play in our preparation and his part in the dismissal of #AsgharAfghan,” Phil Simmons tweeted.

Simmons’s tweet was in reply to a journalist who revealed that Ahmadzai was blaming the coaching staff for Afghanistan’s downfall in the tournament.

Earlier this month, wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad had alleged that the ACB had conspired to throw him out of the World Cup squad after he was ruled out of the tournament with a knee injury.

Shahzad claimed he was fit enough to carry on in the mega-event. He had aggravated the injury on his left knee during the World Cup warm-up clash against Pakistan but returned to play the team’s first two games against Australia and Sri Lanka on June 1 and June 4 respectively.

Afghanistan suffered its biggest defeat in the tournament so far on Tuesday as they failed to get close to England’s total of 397 for 6 in Manchester.

Afghanistan, who were playing with 4 spinners in the game, saw all the bowlers being taken to the cleaners by Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root.

The spin-heavy Asians pinned their hopes on Rashid Khan, who tops the list of T20 bowlers and is ranked third in the ODI list, to contain England’s formidable batting order.

But Rashid found himself in the firing line of Morgan’s six-hitting spree and eventually logged the worst bowling figures in World Cup history – 110 runs off nine overs without a single wicket.

Morgan went on to blast a career-best 148, which included a record-shattering 17 sixes, including seven off Rashid’s bowling.

Article source: https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019/story/world-cup-2019-afghanistan-cricket-coach-phil-simmons-chief-selector-dawlat-ahmadzai-1552041-2019-06-19?utm_source=rss

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