PTI | Up to date: September 21, 2018, 7:01 PM IST

Focus on 50-Over Game, Not T20: Coach Andrew Moles to Afghanistan U-19 Team

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Noida: Afghanistan Underneath-19 head coach Andrew Moles has suggested his wards to focus on 50-over cricket as an alternative of Twenty20 because the group prepares for the upcoming Asia Cup in Bangladesh.The Afghanistan Underneath-19 aspect is presently coaching in Noida forward of the U-19 Asia Cup to be held subsequent month in Bangladesh. Apart from Afghanistan, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, UAE, Hong Kong and hosts Bangladesh will compete within the event.

Moles stated he needs his group to deal with taking part in the longer format for the nation in the meanwhile and never get lured by cash-rich T20 tournaments just like the Indian Premier League (IPL) or the Large Bash League (BBL) of Australia.

There may be an obvious recognition of the 20-over format among the many children in Afghanistan, particularly after the exceptional success of Rashid Khan, who has represented the nation in all three codecs of the sport. Rashid’s spin bowling and aggressive batting within the Twenty20 video games have earned him reward from India’s cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, who not too long ago hailed the Afghan because the “finest spinner on this planet on this format”.

Rashid was purchased by IPL aspect Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping Rs 9 crore, a primary for any Afghan cricketer.

“I believe Afghanistan or every other nation on this planet are actually pushed by the IPL, the Large Bash and different Twenty20 leagues world wide. They see the earnings that gamers can generate by means of taking part in this type of cricket. They’re on some TV each day, so that they see this cricket and duplicate it,” Moles informed PTI.

“My drawback as a coach is attempting to assist the children play for longer (length) and never simply hit fours and sixes. Once you comply with that, you solely get brief scores. So I am attempting to coach them about constructing an innings and never simply hitting boundaries,” he added.

Moles, who took over the cost of the group in 2014, stated his job was to information the younger cricketers in the precise path.

“My job is to make these gamers realise that there are completely different types of cricket and never simply Twenty20 and educating them to arrange for various codecs of the sport,” he stated.

“They’re simply 17, they’re nonetheless studying the sport. Lot of the them are studying to place their abilities in a match scenario. Undoubtedly a few of these guys will go on to be good cricketers, however at this stage to establish them and put a tag on them (can be incorrect). They need to not even be excited about taking part in IPL or something like that at this stage. They need to consider what they’re doing now, taking part in for Afghanistan in 50 over cricket.”

The 20-member squad together with six teaching employees, together with Moles and group supervisor Khalid Sangeen, is presently making ready itself within the Noida Stadium for a Bangladesh tour which begins in per week’s time.

First Revealed: September 21, 2018, 6:02 PM IST


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