"We had a preparation camp in Kabul and the next camp will be in Hambantota from August 10 and he (Rashid) will join the camp in Hambantota," he said.
Asadullah shared that the team had undergone a preparation camp in Kabul and will continue their training in Hambantota from August 10, with Rashid joining the camp later. The chief selector expressed high hopes for the team's performance against Pakistan, seeing it as a morale booster before the Asia Cup and the World Cup.
"We have lots of hope before going to the Asia Cup, and if we can win the game, that will be very good for our players' morale," Asadullah said. "This is the start of our World Cup journey. Before now, we have selected too many players to set up the team as a unit so they can understand their roles but now we are ok with the squad that will play the Asia Cup as well.
He further expressed confidence in the squad, highlighting the team's improved bowling attack, featuring both fast bowlers and spinners. In terms of batting, Asadullah believes that the players who have been struggling with their form will regain their rhythm during the Asia Cup and the Pakistan series.
“We have lots of hopes from the fast bowling attack along with the spinners. And as a batting unit, we are hopeful that those players who are out of form will regain form in the Asia Cup and in the Pakistan series as well. The good thing is everybody is fully fit and very happy and they are working very hard to perform well,” said Asadullah.
The recent ODI series win against Bangladesh has given the team a significant confidence boost, indicating their well-prepared approach. The coaching staff, led by Jonathon, is diligently working to address any shortcomings identified from the Bangladesh series.
"That ODI series win against Bangladesh gives us lots of confidence as a batting and bowling unit. We won in Bangladesh, which means that our preparation was very good and some of the mistakes that we made in Bangladesh, I am sure our coach Jonathon and his staff are working very hard on that.," he concluded.">