Stanikzai calls on ICC to support Afghanistan


Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai has called on the cricket's governing body to give them more support as they have shown in the ongoing World T20 that they can compete with the bigger nations.

The Asian side, after getting through a qualifying campaign to get into the Super 10s, have given both Sri Lanka and South Africa tough matches before eventually falling to defeats.

Ahead of their game against England in Delhi on Wednesday, Stanikzai said he and his team cannot improve at the rate they should if they do not play better opposition regularly.

Stanikzai told reporters on Tuesday: "In this World Cup many people thought that our games would be one-sided, but now [our opponents] are really preparing and planning, and scaring to be honest, that this is a side which can beat us.

"Our guys have the potential so we need the ICC's support. Definitely we are eager to play in each and every World Cup, and we have requested Full Members to play a series with us.

"If you only play one game with a team, you cannot compare how good they are, but if you play two or three matches, you have a good chance to beat them.

"We have beaten them in all of them, we have won four series against a Full Member. So you can see how competitive we would be if we were given the chance in the upcoming World Cup."