Afghanistan’s coach, Jonathan Trott, talked about the rivalry between Afghanistan and Pakistan in cricket and how it reflects the stormy political relationship between the two countries. Both teams are in need of a win at the World Cup, as Pakistan has lost their last two games and Afghanistan has slumped to three defeats after their shock victory over England. The current cross-border tension adds spice to Monday’s crucial clash. Pakistan has seen a rise in militant attacks since the Afghan Taliban came back to power in Afghanistan, and Islamabad alleges that some attacks are being planned in Afghanistan. There have also been intense cricket clashes between the two nations in the past. Trott mentioned that the rivalry excites the Afghanistan players and that both teams respect each other but are desperate to win. He also commented on the spin attack of both teams and stated that winning is a collective effort, not just reliant on spinners. Afghanistan has lost all seven ODIs against Pakistan but has been successful in the teams’ recent Twenty20 meetings.
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