Afghanistan v USA, World Twenty20 Qualifiers

'We are the Rocky of world cricket' - Hamid Hassan

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February 11, 2010

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Hamid Hassan savours another wicket against USA, Afghanistan v USA, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Dubai, February 11, 2010
Hamid Hassan: 'I think that there is a similarity in the story of Rocky and the Afghanistan cricket team - we both started at the bottom and gradually made our way up the rankings' © International Cricket Council
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Afghanistan's battle against adversity during their rise up the cricket ranks has all the makings of a Hollywood script. Now, after their victory over USA which confirmed progression to the Super Fours of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Hamid Hassan, their star performer, has compared his country's success against the odds to the iconic boxing movie Rocky, with Hassan himself delivering the knockout blow.

Hassan took 3 for 14 as USA were restricted to 106 for 7 in their pursuit of 136 on Thursday, and it gives him a tournament haul of eight wickets at 8.12. Hassan, who spent time as an MCC Young Cricketer along with team-mate Mohammad Nabi, has been a regular contributor to Afghanistan's growing list of international victories with his pace bowling.

"I am a big fan of American television and movies and my favourite film is Rocky - I vividly remember watching it when I was growing up - and one of my heroes is Sylvester Stallone," Hassan wrote in his Cricinfo blog.

"I think that there is a similarity in the story of Rocky and the Afghanistan cricket team - we both started at the bottom and gradually made our way up the rankings. It is easy to forget how far we have come in the last two years since we played at the World Cricket League Division 5 in Jersey."

Afghanistan are now one step closer to reaching the World Twenty20 in West Indies having just missed out on qualification for the 2011 World Cup and Hassan couldn't help but think ahead to the possibility of facing the leading teams in the world.

"We all want to win the tournament," he said. "Having the chance to play against India or South Africa at the ICC World Twenty20 really would be like Rocky having the chance to fight the champion and we are determined to make our dreams come true."

Rocky overcame all his obstacles to become the champion, and don't rule out Afghanistan scripting their own, real life, glorious ending.

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Posted by   on (February 14, 2010, 7:27 GMT)

BCCI, ECB and Srilankan board should help Afghanistan. We do not have a standar ground, but we are consistently defeating teams like Ireland, Scotland and UAE who have all the facilities at their service.

IPL should sign two or three of our players, like Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi and others.

Posted by Vernacular_Press on (February 12, 2010, 15:41 GMT)

I think its the rapid improvement by a cricket team in cricket that i have followed.Anyway credit must go to Pakistan also.I think pakistanis would be happy even if India(my country) qualifies for Football world cup. Twenty20 has proved the direction to move forward.

Posted by WASEEM.SAJID on (February 12, 2010, 8:48 GMT)

we didnt said they are Pakistanies they are Afghans and proud afghans but we mentioned they groomed in Pakistan and we have a very close relation with them. They are just like our brothers. So some indians are indicating we are not happy. How is it possible that you are not happy on your brother's success. Such comments are very irritating for any Pakistani and Afghani as well

Posted by Sabahati on (February 12, 2010, 6:46 GMT)

Congrats to Afghanistan. and Please don't mention that this team includes Pakistani's as this is not fair to there effort in achieving this triumph.They may be grown in Pakistan as almost many of the current generation may have been born in Pakistan but they are playing for there country.

Posted by Sabahati on (February 12, 2010, 5:53 GMT)

Congrats to Afghanistan. and Please don't mention that this team includes Pakistani's as this is not fair to there effort in achieving this triumph.They may be grown in Pakistan as almost many of the current generation may have been born in Pakistan but they are playing for there country.

Posted by WASEEM.SAJID on (February 12, 2010, 5:20 GMT)

Mr. Rohan There are lot of Afghans in Pakistan. and we are very good buddies. In my office here in Islamabad 16 Afghan officials are working with me. And We discuss and we love to watch them. Some of their players even groomed in Pakistan. How can u say we are not happy.

@ Afghan Team Well done guys you are doing fabulous job. Keep rocking like Rockies

Posted by   on (February 12, 2010, 4:58 GMT)

I'd love to see the Afghan cricket team play in the T20 World Cup, and I supported them fervently in the 2011 World Cup Qualifiers. Keep up the good work!

Posted by qayoomzadran on (February 12, 2010, 4:48 GMT)

Awsome Afghan Cricket team you are doing an excellent job for afghan people you are the one who bring some good news to our new genration I proud of you, God bless you.

Posted by qayoomzadran on (February 12, 2010, 4:38 GMT)

congratulations & well done Afghan Cricket team we proud of you , thanks cricinfo and All those who support Afghan cricket team, best of luck.

Posted by pradeepsarathy on (February 12, 2010, 3:55 GMT)

I would really love to see Afghanistan break into the big league. Imagine - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. WOW!!! To me it sounds like BHARATH, The Ancient India :-)

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