Afghanistan eye Aussie victory

Shenwari’s 96 helped the minnows topple Scotland with a one-wicket victory with three balls remaining at Dunedin’s University Oval.

Now the 27-year-old, who learned his cricket in a refugee camp, says the win over the Scots was not only a huge boost for the game in Afghanistan, but an appetiser for their remaining games.

“There was nothing before. You can look 10 or eight years ago, there was nothing in Afghanistan,” he said.

“But now you can in the streets, schools, everywhere you go, it’s just cricket and cricket.”

Afghanistan have not been overawed by more fancied opponents looked a realistic prospect of upsetting Sri Lanka last weekend when they reduced the former world champions to 51-4 before a Mahela Jayawardene century restored the status quo.

Shenwari said Afghanistan were hungry for more wins in their remaining matches at the tournament, where they are yet to face Australia and New Zealand, the two co-hosts, as well as England, in pool play.

He added Afghanistan were looking forward to meeting four-time champions Australia in Perth next week.

“Hopefully we’ll give them a tough time and we will not give up easy,” he said.

“So we’re looking forward to giving them a tough time and looking forward to winning the match.”