Afghanistan under-19 captain Ihsan Ullah Janaat says he and his teammates are vital a dream. Standing on a smooth-as-a-billiards table, lush-green territory that is flanked by a high-tech gymnasium and indoor nets, Janaat’s forsaken jaw farfetched a grin on his face.
After a prolonged net event on a eve of his team’s ancestral initial ‘home-away-from-home’ diversion during Greater Noida’s Shahid Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex opposite Zimbabwe Colts, Janaat is in a rush. He and his team-mates have skeleton to squeeze a punch during a food justice of a circuitously mall that can be reached after a brief expostulate on a far-reaching highway that has complicated integrated townships, oppulance villas and swanky flats with patio gardens.
The Afghan boys are used to breath-taking healthy vicinity that they were innate in though Greater Noida’s complicated civic landscape, and a universe category cricket facilities, have left them overawed. There is gibberish among a boys about a probability of throwing a look of a film posters during a multiplex during a mall.
“India is a land of Bollywood, and we am a finish fool for hardcore Hindi films,” Janaat, a self-confessed Shah Rukh Khan fan, adds. Since a time a Afghanistan Cricket Board started articulate to a BCCI about a probability of environment adult a bottom tighten to New Delhi, immature cricketers in Kabul have been vehement about going to a land of Sachin and Shah Rukh. “We don’t feel visitor here, we have learnt Hindi examination cinema and took cricketing tips examination players from here. Now, we have done this a home, it’s too good to be true,” says a captain.
Apart from Shah Rukh, it’s India Test captain Virat Kohli who seems to have held a courtesy of Janaat. “He is my favourite batsman,” he gushes. It’s Kohli’s gorgeous strokeplay that sets him apart, he says. Janaat is a younger hermit of a Afghanistan comparison team’s middle-order batting buttress Nawroz Mangal. He concedes that he grown a adore for a diversion examination his elder hermit bat.
“The kind of accepting and love that we have got in this nation is usually amazing… during no indicate were we underneath any arrange of stress,” says Rashid Arman, a comparison player. The games in Greater Noida, according to Janaat, will give his group a ideal height to consider their strengths and weaknesses brazen of a U-19 World Cup, that starts in Dhaka subsequent month.
While a youngsters would have their possess reasons to like India, for a Afghanistan Cricket Board’s (ACB) CEO Shafiq Stanikzai, relocating out of Kabul was a useful call.
“With a temperatures in Kabul now touching
freezing point, a conditions there are not gainful to organize matches. That apart, citing confidence concerns, many teams would demur to transport to Kabul. Hence, brazen of a U-19 World Cup, we indispensable some practice… this was when we approached a BCCI, and they immediately concluded to a request,” Stanikzai adds.
Afghanistan manager Dawlat Ah Madzai is penetrating that a boys don’t get dreaming by a change of surroundings. He says a mood in a stay is upbeat, and feels his side will really give a Zimbabweans a fight. “We have a side that has a series of all-rounders and quick bowlers, and a conditions here will fit us more.”
For these colts, their India tarry did not start in Greater Noida. They were in Kolkata final month, to attend in a tri-series featuring India and Bangladesh. After a tri-series, they flew to Kabul, usually to lapse to this venue progressing this month.
Arman says a side has managed to acclimatize to a conditions after carrying spent tighten to a week here. “The fact that we were in Kolkata final month to play a tri-series will really work in a favour,” he adds.
Apart from a home conditions, what has bolstered this side is a participation of former India middle pacer Manoj Prabhakar. The 52-year-old monitored a use event on Saturday morning and even spoke to some of a quick bowlers during a nets session. Though it was not official, Prabhakar is expected to be offering a purpose of bowling coach.
Quizzed on his new role, he said:
“I have not sealed a agreement with a ACB as yet. we wish to pointer a dotted line in a integrate of days. It is an exciting
challenge, one that we am looking brazen to.”
For this immature and gifted Afghan side however, this is as good as it gets. World category facilities, best coaches and a possibility to watch a Shah Rukh Khan film initial day, initial uncover subsequent Friday.