Afghanistan will kick start their T20 World Cup against Scotland on Monday (October 25) in Sharjah. With a lot of tension in Afghanistan at the moment, skipper Mohammad Nabi says cricket is the only source of happiness for people back home.
"The fans are really waiting for that camp because the only happiness in Afghanistan is cricket," Nabi said at a press conference ahead of the game against Scotland.
"If you're willing to do well in the tournament and we win the games, the fans are really happy and there will be a lot of smiles on faces and insha'Allah everything will be changed of this work if we do well in the tournament," he added.
Nabi admits that the preparations for the World Cup have not been ideal, but with many on his side playing in leagues around the world, he feels they are in good shape.
"Yeah, it's not that much ideal but from last one and a half weeks, when the team arrived and finished two warm-up games and around one week practice sessions, I think it's for those cricketers playing cricket all over the world, especially five, six, seven players are playing different franchise cricket from last six months, we are in touch with cricket," Nabi, who took over from Rashid Khan as captain recently said.
"There are a few players just with the condition and also getting with the team and the competition of the team is more important."
"And we did from last one and a half weeks and we are well-prepared insha'Allah we'll try our best and do well," he added.
Nabi also praised Scotland and Namibia for making it through to the Super 12s. After taking on Scotland in their first game, Afghanistan will also take on Namibia next week.
"I'm really happy about the performance of Namibia and Scotland. Did really well in the tournament and our group and really happy to play the Super 12 here."