Encouraging More Kids to Play Cricket: Afghan Coach Jonathan Trott Sees Gains from World Cup Win Over England
The Afghanistan cricket team achieved a ‘Miracle at Lords’ when they defeated England in an unlikely victory at the Lord’s Cricket Ground during the World Cup 2020. The 69 run win by the Afghan team was celebrated with the players raising their arms to the sky in tribute to their nation, suffering from recent earthquakes and Taliban’s international relations.
Afghanistan Coach Jonathan Trott saw this win as an important milestone in encouraging more children to pick up the bat and start playing cricket in the country. He hoped that Afghan people, especially the boys and girls, would take this victory as an inspiration to take up the sport and spread joy among their fellow citizens.
Trott, previously a part of the England team that was humiliated by Ireland in 2011, understood what a win of this magnitude meant for Afghanistan. The resulting confidence among young Afghan sports players was seen as a true achievement to him, extraneous to anything measurable.
Promising Future for Afghanistan Cricket
During the 2015 World Cup, Afghanistan triumphed its debut win against Scotland. Despite this, the team endured nine consecutive losses in the 2019 World Cup. Come Sunday, the team saw victory thanks to Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s blistering 80 and Ikram Alikhil’s 58, taking the total score to 284. After tight bowling by spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan, England was restricted to 215, only Harry Brook with 66 stood in the way.
Trott commented that Sunday’s win could have an overriding effect on the team’s current and future performance. They face certain defeat against New Zealand who won their first three games of this tournament, including against England. But Trott believed that his team gained confidence from playing against and alongside international players in T20 franchise cricket. This removed any imposed convictions of big test-playing nations that Afghanistan held in high regard.
The win at Lord’s will go down as one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament, with its importance transcending cricket to give the country a moment of triumph, despite their trials.
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