Afghanistan news December 16, 2011

Afghanistan to play first ODI against Test nation

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan will play their first one-day international against a Test-playing nation when they meet Pakistan in Sharjah on February 10. The match will take place three days before the first match of the limited-overs leg of Pakistan's 'home' series against England in the UAE. Afghanistan played India and South Africa during the World Twenty20 2010, but in ODIs they have only faced Associate and Affiliate teams.

Pakistan and Afghanistan's cricketing relations have grown over 2011. In May, Afghanistan became the first international team to tour Pakistan since the attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in March 2009. They played three 50-over matches against Pakistan A. There was also an attempt to include Afghanistan in Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament but that did not materialise.

Cricket was made popular in Afghanistan by refugees who spent years living in Pakistan when Soviet troops invaded their country in 1979. Afghanistan cricket has progressed remarkably in the last three years. In 2009, they finished fifth in the World Cup Qualifiers and earned ODI status later in the year. In 2010, they won the qualifying tournament for the World Twenty20, giving them the opportunity to play in the main tournament, and also won the Intercontinental Cup, a first-class tournament. They are currently ninth on the ICC rankings for Twenty20 teams.

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  • surendra on December 19, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    Afghan team can win easily if they bowl decently and counter attack Afridi bowling

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    its a very important game for Afghanistan we have to win it

  • Dummy4 on December 19, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    One can only hope for an Afghan victory, but playing against Pakistan will boost the morale of the Afghans, and can be a great learning experience for the Afghans. I am very hopeful that Afghanistan will display a good fight against one of the top Test playing Nations. Afghanistan has nothing to lose, pressure will be on the other side. Pakistan some commit the crime of complacency against the minnows some times. Let's see.

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    lol like thay way its thumps up and i want some though stuff even 11 afridi or 1 But want some fire in game Wish best luck to afghan from pak You have Done it to be odi team best of luck to Both teams and wana see some fire in that match ^^

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    the world will see in near future, I predic, some talented raw pace face bowlers from that part of the region for out for Afghanistan in years to come! Cheers from PAKISTAN!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    We love you Afghanistan and I trust Afghanistan will be the winning team in February match. Afghanistan has improved a lot since 2007. Proud on AFghanistan Team.

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    I am sure Afghans will give a tough time to Pakistani team... and what matters here is that....THE GAME SHOULD BE PLAYED IN FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT.....

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Inshaallah Afghanistan well get Matches Against other Test nation countrys

  • Dummy4 on December 18, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    We pray for our team that we will beat the pakistan in this match inshallah!!!!

  • waheed on December 18, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    After deep thoughts about both the teams i have finally came to a conclusion that, If pakistan have have Shahid Afridi than Afghanistan have 11 players like Shahid Afridi. Dont take it so serious guys, Afghanistan will win it so easily because they have strong bowling side plus the afghanistan batting have grown up for the last two years. they are young, strong and ready to face any challenge. We are really thankful to ICC & specially ESPN for covering up all the cricket matches.

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