Because of the current conditions in the UAE, Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan believes the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup would be dominated by spinners.

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, arguably the best white-ball spinner of his age, says that spinners will play a key role in the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman. In the UAE, they will always be effective, according to the 23-year-old.

“The conditions are always favourable for spinners, and this tournament should be a spinners’ World Cup. It makes no difference how the wickets are prepared here; it is always beneficial to the spinners. In this World Cup, spinners will be crucial “According to ESPNcricinfo’s Cricket Monthly, Rashid said.

“As we have seen in the IPL, spinners have brought back their team in the game. I feel that will be the same in the World Cup as well. The best spinners will bring their team back in the game and win it.”

The legspinner was once again impressive in the recently concluded Indian Premier League. Rashid claimed 18 wickets in 14 games at a stunning economy rate of 6.69.

Spinners have been considerably more economical than seamers in the IPL games held in the UAE since 2020. In each of the three sites – Sharjah, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi – they have taken about a third of the total wickets.

“On October 3, we (SRH) played against KKR, they had around four spinners, all of whom bowled at an economy of 4-5 runs per over. Doesn’t matter whatever the kind of wicket is, spinners are always effective in UAE conditions,” said Rashid.

“At the same time we need to bowl well as well, it is not just enough to say everything will be done by the wicket. No, no, no.”

Afghanistan, along with India, Pakistan, and New Zealand, is in Group 2 and have won all of their 14 T20Is at the three venues in the UAE. The Afghan spinners would have to put in “a lot of hard effort” since the batsmen from these three teams are “excellent spin players,” according to Rashid.

More importantly, Rashid wants his team to do well in the batting department. “As long as you have a good total, if it is a slow track, skiddy, as a spinner it is very, very helpful because you can show your skills there and you can get the wickets. In this World Cup, if you bat well, we (Afghanistan) can beat any side.”

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