Gulbadin Naib, who was deputized to be the Afghanistan ODI captain for a very brief period which included the recently concluded World Cup, has said that there were some senior players in the side who deliberately let the team down in the tournament, a senior Afghan journalist has alleged.
“We depend mostly on seniors in World Cup, but they were deliberately not performing, not giving attention to me, they were laughing instead of being sad after defeats & even not looking at me when asked to bowl,” Naib has allegedly been quoted as saying.
After Naib was named the ODI captain in April, there were many fans who decried his lack of leadership experience and the timing of the decision to replace long-time captain Asghar Afghan. Established players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi were among those who slammed the timing of the decision to change the captaincy.
“With just months to go for such a mega event like World Cup, changing the captain will cause uncertainty and also team morale will be affected,” Rashid Khan had tweeted.
Afghanistan suffered a miserable campaign in the World Cup, losing all their nine matches and finishing with no points at the bottom of the ten-team table.