T20 World Cup: ‘Emotional’ Afghanistan captain Mohd Nabi breaks down during national anthem- Watch video

Afghanistan captain Mohd Nabi broke down during the national anthem ahead of their opening group stage match against Scotland. He was witnessed tearing up with emotions amid challenging circumstances back home since the Taliban takeover. The allrounder was seen wiping his tears as soon as the national anthem finished.

In the pre-match conference, Nabi spoke about the situation in Afghanistan over the last few months and the importance of cricket amid a challenging scenario.

“Everyone knows that back home in Afghanistan there’s a lot happening and everything from the last few months,” Nabi said.

“But from a cricket point of view, everybody is ready for this World Cup and we prepared well. The fans are really waiting because the only happiness in Afghanistan is cricket. If you’re willing to do well in the tournament and we win the games, the fans are really happy and there will be a lot of smiles on faces,” he added.

In the match, Mujeeb Ur Rahman stole the show with his fifer as Afghanistan thrashed Scotland by 130 runs. If Mujeeb picked five, Rashid Khan took four wickets to dismantle Scotland batting as the five batsmen registered ducks.

Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi lavish praises on Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan. “The world knows we have some good spinners in the form of Rashid and Mujeeb, they’ve played everywhere in the world. We have a very good team combination,” Nabi told post-match.

“When we play the local tournaments, I, Mujeeb and Rashid are the most expensive bowlers. Mujeeb is playing his first T20 World Cup match and he got the Player of the Match award, that’s good to see, it’s fantastic,” he added.

Opting to bat first, Afghanistan scored 190/4 at the end of 20 overs. Najibullah Zadran smashed 59 off 34 balls to steer Afghanistan to 190.

Nabi said Afghanistan’s aim was to put on a big total on board and he was glad the team executed things as per the plan.

“It’s important to win at the start of the tournament. This was our plan, to bat first and post a big total. Both the openers started well, we finished the powerplay on a good note,” said Nabi.

“The running between the wickets was good, we rotated the strike really well and Najib played well to help as post such a big total,” he added.

Afghanistan will next lock horns with Pakistan on Friday.