Phil Simmons urges batsmen to raise standards

September 18, 2018

Afghanistan coach Phil Simmons has urged his batsmen to rise to the standards of the team’s world-class spinners.

Afghanistan have three players in the top 25 of the ICC ODI Rankings for Bowlers, but none in the corresponding list for batsmen.

Spinners such as Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi are also in demand in Twenty20 leagues around the world, but the batsmen haven’t quite broken through.

Simmons said more players in leagues around the world will not only be a validation of the Afghans’ talent, but will also help them bridge the gap to higher-ranked sides.

For him, Simmons said Rashid’s biggest thing is the difference in his fitness and mental approach since he went to the Caribbean Premier League.

Afghanistan continues to impress in limited-overs internationals, knocking Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup yesterday.

While Simmons is cautious about the gap that still exists between the newest Test nation and more established teams, he is confident that they can hold their own against most sides.