Simmons reveals tensions in Afghanistan World Cup camp

Gulbadin Naib celebrates after dismissing Jonny Bairstow

Gulbadin Naib celebrates after dismissing Jonny Bairstow

The England captain's 148 from 71 balls against Afghanistan yesterday contained 17 sixes and launched the home team to 397-6, the sixth-highest total at an ICC World Cup and the biggest so far of this tournament.

Bairstow progressed to his 11th ODI fifty and slowest as an opener, from 61 balls, but motored after the milestone and was on course for his first World Cup hundred until he chipped a slower ball back to Gulbadin Naib (3-68) in the 30th over to end his stand with Root at 120. The wheels are coming off now and the blame game has started with the Afghanistan chief selector Dawlat Ahmadzai accusing the coaching staff of not preparing well for the mega event. "I didn't know anything about him, about them", he said.

Reports emerged on Tuesday that some members of the squad were involved in an altercation in a Manchester restaurant after allegedly taking exception to being filmed by a member of the public.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed that officers attended Akbar's restaurant shortly after 23:15 BST.

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Naib declined to elaborate on the incident after the loss against England and threatened to walk out of the news conference when pressed further about what happened.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan are scheduled to face India in their next encounter on Saturday and the fast-improving Asian team will hope to put up a better show in this game.

He said the medical advice he sought suggested he would have been fit in a few of days after having his knee drained.

ACB Chief Executive Asadullah Khan told the ESPNcricinfo website that the team's priority was picking match-fit players.

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