New Delhi: Afghanistan’s left-arm fast bowler Farid Malik is regretful that his team had to settle for a silver medal after the men’s final match against India at the Asian Games in Hangzhou was washed out due to rain. Malik has come to India for the ODI World Cup as a reserve player with the Afghanistan team. The Afghanistan team, which came to bat first in the final of cricket in the Asian Games, scored 112 runs for five wickets in 18.2 overs. After this, due to continuous rain, the game could not be played at ‘Zhejiang University of Technology’ cricket ground. Due to better ranking, the Indian team won the gold medal.
Malik, who played 15 ODIs and 28 T20 Internationals for Afghanistan, played a key role in the team’s victory in a low-scoring match against Pakistan in the Asian Games. Malik said here, “(laughing) the gold medal should have been cut in half.” The match was canceled so the gold medal should have been shared between both the teams. Giving titles on the basis of ranking is not an ideal situation. It would have been fun if the match had been completed.
Malik, 2019 World Cup captain Gulbadin Naib and Sharafuddin Ashraf arrived here together from China and took part in a net session on Tuesday ahead of the match against India in the World Cup. When asked about playing cricket in China, Malik said, “It was fun playing there. The local people do not have much understanding of cricket, hence they used to clap on dismissals, fours, sixes and dot balls.
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