Afghanistan news February 25, 2010

Afghanistan's cricketers return to heroes' welcome

Cricinfo staff

A triumphant Afghanistan team returned home to a joyous welcome from hundreds of fans after securing a place at the World Twenty20 tournament in West Indies. A large crowd of supporters at Kabul's airport waved the national flag and sang patriotic songs to greet the team on their arrival, AFP reported.

"Our national cricket team returns home today and we have come to show them our appreciation for their achievement and to further encourage them," said Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, finance minister and Afghan Cricket Board chairman.

After wins over Ireland, Scotland and USA in the group stages of the Qualifiers in Dubai, Afghanistan held their nerve to beat UAE in a low-scoring semi-final to be sure of admission to their first major tournament.

"Certainly it was a dream of all the players and the Afghan people, and God fulfilled it," captain Nowroz Mangal said of their winning streak at the Qualifiers.

Afghanistan finished the qualifying tournament in style, beating Ireland by eight wickets in the final, meaning that they will now face India and South Africa in Group C of the World Twenty20, which begins on April 30.

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  • P N on March 4, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    Good on you guys, I wouldn't be surprised if you caused the odd upset during the Trophy. Go for it!

  • Dummy4 on March 1, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Dear All, First of all I would like to express my best wishes ,greeting and then I would like to congratulate you for the T 20 world cup and as well as beating Canada in test match . Dears this is the start we will achieve the every title if we play like one team with no discrimination and nepotism and for the only one aim to show the world that we can do everything apart from War. Many thanks and best regards.

  • Dummy4 on February 28, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    This is not over yet....we have to show to the world that we can achieve more. Every one is waiting for the ICC World T20 Trophy...because for the first time a team debuting will win the TROPHY. So be aware champs...the real champs are coming...

  • Dummy4 on February 26, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    It is very good to see Afganistan playing cricket and producing such good results. I wish best of luck to the Afganistan team, and hope that they would do much better in future

  • Maiwand on February 25, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Our prideful national cricket team proved to the world that we Afghans are peaceful, talented and human loving people. The cricket players are our national heroes who brought huge smile and happiness in rural areas and urban centers. We all will soon witness a new history in the cricket world by Afghan lions. Meanwhile, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to ICC and all other foreigners who are encouraging our national team by their great comments.

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