Afghanistan need top teams exposure to improve, says Naib

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According to ICC schedule of World Cup 2019, the upcoming match in Southampton will be treated as a home game for India.

There so many examples of players who are doing well at the worldwide level but are in fact a product of the Under-19 World Cup. This is the new uniform for Team India against England...a dash of orange...with liberal dose of blue.

The ICC has been forced on the defensive, with four matches having already fallen victim to rain and many others turning into one-sided trouncings. Bhuvneshwar is suffering from a hamstring injury and has been sidelined for the next two-three games. New Zealand has twice hosted the Men's World Cup in 1992 and 2015 and once the Women's world cup in 2000.

"Till last week, the Indian players had not seen their new jerseys", Times of India quoted a senior industry executive as saying. It also picked up a point from a washed-out game against New Zealand.

"We are here. It´s a high ranking tournament".

But the stakes for England have been raised by a fourth successive loss to Sri Lanka in as many World Cups. "If you are targeting like the top five or top six teams, we should play a lot with them", the Afghan skipper concluded. It's just about how we play against each and every individual.

"Of course we'd be losing or struggling initially, but one day Afghanistan will be different".

England captain Eoin Morgan, who suffered a back spasm during the West Indies match but recovered to face Afghanistan, was in no doubt about Roy's importance to his side.

Team USA will be looking to take one of the two qualification places available from the ICC Americas Regional Qualifier that will be held in August 2019 in Bermuda with USA coming up against the hosts Bermuda, Canada and the Cayman Islands. Other reports have suggested that Team India is likely to wear orange in the high-voltage clash against England at Edgbaston on June 30.

For all matches featuring India, Star Sports network has launched special programming initiatives like "Dil Se India" to capture wishes and sentiments of fans and celebrities from across the world.

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