Afghans to play side matches in Australia
The Afghan team left Kabul for Australia on Friday, almost three weeks ahead of the mega event involving a dozen nations divided into four groups.
Sher Agha Hamkar, the team manager, told Pajhwok Afghan News from Australia over the telephone that the side had already started undergoing tough practice.
“Players are doing a variety of workouts five hours daily under one local and three foreign coaches,” Hamkar said, adding the trainers included Geoff Lawson, consultant, and bowling coach David Dayer, an Australian.
The team is assisted by an Australian doctor, Michael, who keeps an eye on physical fitness of players. The manager said the boys were also concentrating on their physical fitness by doing different exercises, including swimming.
Hamkar said their early arrival in Australia helped the cricketers become familiar with local stadiums and climatic conditions.
“All these efforts and hard work will bear fruit,” the manager hoped, saying the side was due to play friendly matches with three Australian clubs next week.
Afghanistan is placed in group B along with Pakistan, New Zealand and Scotland. The hosts Australia, England, Nepal and Ireland are in group A and West Indies, Zimbabwe, India and Papua New Guinea in group C. Group D includes Sri Lanka, South Africa, Bangladesh and Namibia.
In their opener, Afghanistan will face Pakistan on August 11 and in their second match, the Afghans will take on the Kiwis on August 14 and in the third play against Scotland on August 15, according to Wada.
Ahead of their matches, Afghanistan would play warm ups against Ireland on August 7 and India on August 8.
Afghanistan under-19 squad: Javed Ahmadi (captain), Shabir Noori (vice captain), Nasir Jamal Ahmadzai, Afsar Zazai, Najib Zadran, Syed Ahmad Sherzad, Mohibullah Pak, Aftab Alam, Noorul Haq Malakzai, Yameen Ahmadzai, Farid Malik, Younis Khan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Abdul Rahim Mangal and Rashid Khan Nasiri.
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