Afghanistan chief Gulbadin Naib concedes losing Mohammad Shahzad for the remainder of the World Cup is a noteworthy hit to his side's expectations of disquieting the chances in the competition.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Shahzad was precluded on Thursday subsequent to enduring a repeat of annoying knee damage.
Minnows Afghanistan have lost their initial two matches and could sick bear to lose the prevalent opener in front of their conflict with New Zealand in Taunton on Saturday.
"Clearly it's a major misfortune for our side," Naib told journalists on Friday. "Shahzad is an extraordinary player for Afghanistan. He completed a ton. I'm likewise vexed for him - the last two, three weeks he's been battling with his knee.
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"He can't move right. Over the most recent two weeks, I checked with the specialist and physio. I gave the opportunity to him to recuperate. In any case, sadly it's misfortune for Shahzad." Naib trusts Shahzad's lively nearness off the pitch will be remembered fondly as much as his play on it.
"Shahzad is vigorous. Likewise in the changing area he's clever. He engages us inevitably. So we miss a great deal of things from him," he included.
In spite of the fact that Afghanistan have minimal shot of making the semi-finals of the 10-group competition in the wake of losing to holders Australia and Sri Lanka, Naib said his group needed to demonstrate how far they have come since their World Cup debut in 2015.
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Four years back, they lost five of their six matches, with their solitary win coming against Scotland.
Yet, Naib said they were an increasingly developed and certain unit now, with the possibility to stun the more-settled groups.
Ikram Ali Khil is required to wear the gloves instead of the harmed Mohammad Shahzad and the Afghanistan group the board may drop Mujeeb Ur Rahman for Noor Ali Zadran to be opened at the highest point of the request against New Zealand. Chief Gulbadin Naib should assume greater liability with the ball.
Afghanistan Predicted XI versus New Zealand: Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zarzai, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Najibullah Zadram, Rashid Khan, Ikram Ali Khil, Dawlat Zadran, Hamid Hassan.