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ICC World Cup 2019 | We Need To Work on Our Fitness Going Forward: Naib

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib did not mince words in his assessment of the team’s performance through the tournament, and singled out their fitness as one specific area which needed improvement.

Cricketnext Staff |July 5, 2019, 12:00 AM IST
ICC World Cup 2019 | We Need To Work on Our Fitness Going Forward: Naib

Afghanistan’s 23-run loss to West Indies in their final match of the ICC World Cup 2019 meant that they finished their campaign without a single win, finishing at the bottom of the ten-team points table.

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib did not mince words in his assessment of the team’s performance through the tournament, and singled out their fitness as one specific area which needed improvement.

“I think we are struggling at the moment with our fitness,” Naib said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “Fitness is an issue for us, the boys are struggling and it's something we need to work on. We also need to handle the pressure moments more. We need to keep working on bettering our skills. I think the World Cup has been a learning curve for all of us.”

Speaking about the game, Naib said that he believed the total put up by West Indies was a chaseable score, but they could not execute their plans well. At the same time, Naib spoke about the players who could make an impact in the future for Afghanistan.

“It was definitely a good score (on the chasing front). At one point, we looked comfortable at the wicket. Khil and Rahmat played really well. But in the end, with the wickets we were losing, chasing 300-plus was not that easy. But I am really happy with the fight.

“Khil is an U19 boy, he showed his class today. Not just him, we have a lot of young talent back home as well. If we can groom them well, it will be nice for us.”

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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