The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced on Monday, 02 October, that Ajay Jadeja, the former Indian cricket team captain, has been appointed as the mentor for Afghanistan’s team for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
Jadeja’s Rich Cricketing Legacy
Jadeja, a seasoned cricketer, brings a wealth of experience and an in-depth knowledge of Indian cricketing conditions to the table. His remarkable ODI career spans 196 matches, during which he scored a commendable 5359 runs, averaging 37.47. His batting prowess is evident in his six centuries and 30 half-centuries. Jadeja also donned the Indian jersey in 15 Test matches between 1992 and 2000.
World Cup Experience
Jadeja’s World Cup experience is not to be overlooked. He was a part of the Indian squad for three World Cup editions – 1992, 1996, and 1999. His spectacular catch to dismiss Allan Border during a group-stage match against Australia remains a highlight of India’s 1992 World Cup campaign.
Afghanistan’s World Cup Preparations
Currently, the Afghanistan team is in India, preparing for the World Cup. Their preparation hit a snag during the first round of warm-up games when their match against South Africa was called off due to heavy rainfall in Thiruvananthapuram.
The team is set to return to action on Tuesday, 3 October, facing off against Sri Lanka in Guwahati. This match is crucial for the team to gain some much-needed game time ahead of the tournament.
Opening Match for Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s World Cup journey kicks off on 7 October, where they will compete against their Asian counterparts, Bangladesh. The match will take place at the scenic HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.