Afghanistan news July 12, 2010

Afghanistan want more games against Full Members

Tony Munro
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Afghanistan coach Kabir Khan wants the ICC and more specifically the Asian Test-playing nations to provide his team with more games against Full Member opposition.

"I would like the ICC to give us more games against the Full Members as they can make a lot of difference," Kabir told Cricinfo. He compared the help England was giving European Associates with that given to Afghanistan by the Asian Full Members. "I will want India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to start helping us. England is one Full Member nation in Europe and they are supporting Ireland, Scotland and Holland. We've got four Test-playing nations around us and they are not helping."

Although Afghanistan were the ACC Trophy champions, they were omitted from the recent Asia Cup in Sri Lanka - the first time an ACC Trophy winner had not been included in the tournament. The Asian Cricket Council said including another team would have made staging the Asia Cup difficult due to the packed schedules of the Test nations.

Kabir emphasised the need for more matches because the lack of opportunities was delaying the team from reaching its full potential. "It will take time. They [Afghanistan players] need to play all year as they only come together for tournaments and camps, and that's not enough to get the best out of them. Afghanistan has not got the facilities or basic structure so we depend heavily on our Test-playing neighbours to either put one of our teams in their domestic [competitions] or take few of our players for different clubs and groom them for us."

Kabir was upbeat as he reflected on Afghanistan finishing third in the ICC World Cricket League Division One tournament in the Netherlands. "We improved our ranking, other teams struggled more, and we narrowly missed the final. We have certainly moved forward. The conditions were tough for batting and we chased in most games, which we never used to do well on a lot of occasions in past."

Despite pre-tournament tensions with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) in the lead-up to the tournament, Khan was impressed with his side's commitment. "The team fought well in tough matches and never let it go till the last ball or last run. There was a very positive competition for places in the team and all were giving 100%."

Kabir conceded the friction with members of the ACB, and the organisation of preparations, had affected the team's showing. "I think it did as all was a mess preparation-wise, and young players who are not used to this type of mental pressure sometimes cannot cope with it. We couldn't have our camp on time and at the desired place suitable to Holland conditions. We could have gone to Holland three or four days before the tournament, acclimatised and would have played few matches too. We applied but never got visa in time."

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  • tfjones1978 on July 15, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Hey Jono, thanks for response. My model however is the following: (1) World Cup: Teams 1-8 [14 series min 42 tests per team]. (2) World Plate: Teams 5-12 [14 series min 26 tests per team]. (3) ICup: Teams 9-17 (exc Assoc XI) [14 series min 14 matches per team]. (4) IShield: Teams 13-21 [14 series min 14 matches per team]. (5) IShield Qualifers: Teams 22+ (3 yrs) & winners VS IShield 5th-8th places.

    4 yrs is needed as (eg) Aust vs India in Aust & in India would be opposite results (you would expect).

    The model allows for liquidity as teams can play "friendly" matches (1-off, extra matches/series or extra series) where warm up matches only occur against other countries in "friendlies" (like how FIFA football does it).

    If traditional teams (eg: WI) drop outside of top 8, they could still play top 4 teams in Friendlies without affecting either teams world rankings.

    My model means any team can in 4 yrs go from 100th to 18th, 21st to 13th, 17th to 9th, 11th to 5th or 8th to 1st & reverse

  • on July 13, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    In comparison to some of the other associate teams; In the past 2 years Ireland have already played Australia,England, West Indies and now Bangladesh same goes with Scotland. I don't see why Afghanistan can't play a couple of warm up games during the Tri-serieses that are held in the sub-continent. It will provide ideal warm up and also I think Afghanistan can be drafted in warm up matches for the world cup- at least having the chance to play the full members will be beneficial. Its almost been 2 years since Afghanistan has got full ODI and still yet to play a ODI against a full member when considering almost half the full members are Its neighbors- It goes to show they are not very keen to have another guy on the block. Only Pakistan and SriLanka have offered some help in terms of facilities and tournament preparations but so far there has been nothing from Bangladesh and India, the least they can do is include a player or two in the IPL or their domestic teams.

  • pradeep_dealwis on July 13, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    How did England help the Irish?...by stealing their players??? As far as Afghanistan is concerned i think they should've played in the Asia Cup with maybe Nepal..and i like Cameron McCall's idea....have the Afghans as a practice team in other tournaments in Asia, though i'm sure India, SL and PAK can easily throw in better A teams for the visiting teams to get match practice. Certinly more tours should be planned for AFG to come to other Asain countries and play the A teams..HECK!!! AFG can come and ply a whole 5 match series in SL...that'll be relief cuz everyone is just tired of seeing india!

  • kalyanbk on July 13, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Perhaps Afghanistan can field a team in the IPL. The Lahore Badshahs for example were a big draw in the ICL. Maybe we can have a Kabul Express? The other idea is for an invitation to play in Sheffield Shield in Australia or against England counties. Then perhaps play in triangular ODI series. I just hope that Afghanistan does not become another Kenya.

  • on July 13, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Just to add to that, whatever is organised regarding Afghanistan should also be pushed out a little further to include Nepal and the UAE. The UAE have had a reasonable team for a good while now and seem to have great infrastructure at least, meanwhile Nepal seems to ebb and flow a little but can usually muster a battle at least. Perhaps some sort of first class competition can be organised for these teams to play each other. I'm all for the tours of Afghanistan to ireland, holland and kenya etc but to me these associate teams need to group together in their own regions, allowing far greater regularity of competition. Perhaps the star players of these regional competitions could form combined associate teams from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas?

  • YAMA-ARYAYEE on July 13, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    ICC must support not alone some countries but all countries look !! football become a global game but cricket is not like that .. all neighbore countries like Indain , pakistan , and other south asia countries must make a tounament and also afghanistan must attend on that for development of cricket AFG team shown their potential for all now they need to improve them selves . and also the must invite other countries in AFG for some games in their land wish more successes for AFG team i proud for my best team

  • on July 13, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    ACC should help Afghanistan by arranging matches against 'A' teams if its not possible to arrange match with the international team. that will make them more competitive. But, having said that they should not allow teams to do what England is doing-- taking away gifted players of the Associate team (Morgan earlier Ed Joyce being the perfect example).

  • on July 13, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Tf Jones, you have some nice ideas there, but i think a 4 year plan is too long. I think we need far more liquidity in the scheduling. If teams can do it they should be able to move through semi formal groupings far faster than that. Also nations should not be locked into playing teams from their own grouping alone. This will allow historic series to remain live and well, a very important part of cricket and one which helps revenues. If Australia is locked out of playing New Zealand for instance, it won't work.

    The state of the emerging nations progress is very promising i believe and there needs to be the opportunity for them to play test cricket now. It is becoming ridiculous that teams like Ireland don't get the opportunity to take on Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and West Indies etc. at the very highest level.

    Perhaps the intercontinental finalists should now be getting temporary test status in the same way the top six associate teams are granted temporary odi status..

    Cheers

  • on July 13, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    ohhh, there u go... I am an Indian and feel so ashamed that none of our iNDIAN bros care about our neighbouring countries which need help... Y does Pakistan alwayz have 2 stand up 2 support Bangla or Afghan or srilanka????

  • tfjones1978 on July 13, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    The ICC should set up a multiple grouped approach to test cricket. Based on current rankings I will give: (1) Ind, SA, Aust, Srl. (2) Eng, Pak, NZ, WI. (3) Bang, Zimb, Assoc XI & ICup Winner. (4) ICup [4 days First Class] (5) IShield [4 days First Class] (with 4 year qualifiers).

    Each group plays group and next group above or below over 4 years (except Assoc XI doesnt play against ICup), with more tests per series required for same group.

    Groups 1 & 2 should play warm up "friendly" test matches only against countries in groups 3-5 that are located in that region

    Any group could play additional "friendly" tests against any team in any group, but only tournament tests should affect team rankings

    Similar approach should be used for ODI & T20I series to make all series part of qualifiers

    ODI World Cup should be 10 teams (Top 6 via series & 4 via assoc qualifiers) and T20I World Cup should be 20 teams (Top 12 via series & 8 via assoc qualifiers), with all teams able to enter to qualify

  • tfjones1978 on July 15, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Hey Jono, thanks for response. My model however is the following: (1) World Cup: Teams 1-8 [14 series min 42 tests per team]. (2) World Plate: Teams 5-12 [14 series min 26 tests per team]. (3) ICup: Teams 9-17 (exc Assoc XI) [14 series min 14 matches per team]. (4) IShield: Teams 13-21 [14 series min 14 matches per team]. (5) IShield Qualifers: Teams 22+ (3 yrs) & winners VS IShield 5th-8th places.

    4 yrs is needed as (eg) Aust vs India in Aust & in India would be opposite results (you would expect).

    The model allows for liquidity as teams can play "friendly" matches (1-off, extra matches/series or extra series) where warm up matches only occur against other countries in "friendlies" (like how FIFA football does it).

    If traditional teams (eg: WI) drop outside of top 8, they could still play top 4 teams in Friendlies without affecting either teams world rankings.

    My model means any team can in 4 yrs go from 100th to 18th, 21st to 13th, 17th to 9th, 11th to 5th or 8th to 1st & reverse

  • on July 13, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    In comparison to some of the other associate teams; In the past 2 years Ireland have already played Australia,England, West Indies and now Bangladesh same goes with Scotland. I don't see why Afghanistan can't play a couple of warm up games during the Tri-serieses that are held in the sub-continent. It will provide ideal warm up and also I think Afghanistan can be drafted in warm up matches for the world cup- at least having the chance to play the full members will be beneficial. Its almost been 2 years since Afghanistan has got full ODI and still yet to play a ODI against a full member when considering almost half the full members are Its neighbors- It goes to show they are not very keen to have another guy on the block. Only Pakistan and SriLanka have offered some help in terms of facilities and tournament preparations but so far there has been nothing from Bangladesh and India, the least they can do is include a player or two in the IPL or their domestic teams.

  • pradeep_dealwis on July 13, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    How did England help the Irish?...by stealing their players??? As far as Afghanistan is concerned i think they should've played in the Asia Cup with maybe Nepal..and i like Cameron McCall's idea....have the Afghans as a practice team in other tournaments in Asia, though i'm sure India, SL and PAK can easily throw in better A teams for the visiting teams to get match practice. Certinly more tours should be planned for AFG to come to other Asain countries and play the A teams..HECK!!! AFG can come and ply a whole 5 match series in SL...that'll be relief cuz everyone is just tired of seeing india!

  • kalyanbk on July 13, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    Perhaps Afghanistan can field a team in the IPL. The Lahore Badshahs for example were a big draw in the ICL. Maybe we can have a Kabul Express? The other idea is for an invitation to play in Sheffield Shield in Australia or against England counties. Then perhaps play in triangular ODI series. I just hope that Afghanistan does not become another Kenya.

  • on July 13, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    Just to add to that, whatever is organised regarding Afghanistan should also be pushed out a little further to include Nepal and the UAE. The UAE have had a reasonable team for a good while now and seem to have great infrastructure at least, meanwhile Nepal seems to ebb and flow a little but can usually muster a battle at least. Perhaps some sort of first class competition can be organised for these teams to play each other. I'm all for the tours of Afghanistan to ireland, holland and kenya etc but to me these associate teams need to group together in their own regions, allowing far greater regularity of competition. Perhaps the star players of these regional competitions could form combined associate teams from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas?

  • YAMA-ARYAYEE on July 13, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    ICC must support not alone some countries but all countries look !! football become a global game but cricket is not like that .. all neighbore countries like Indain , pakistan , and other south asia countries must make a tounament and also afghanistan must attend on that for development of cricket AFG team shown their potential for all now they need to improve them selves . and also the must invite other countries in AFG for some games in their land wish more successes for AFG team i proud for my best team

  • on July 13, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    ACC should help Afghanistan by arranging matches against 'A' teams if its not possible to arrange match with the international team. that will make them more competitive. But, having said that they should not allow teams to do what England is doing-- taking away gifted players of the Associate team (Morgan earlier Ed Joyce being the perfect example).

  • on July 13, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Tf Jones, you have some nice ideas there, but i think a 4 year plan is too long. I think we need far more liquidity in the scheduling. If teams can do it they should be able to move through semi formal groupings far faster than that. Also nations should not be locked into playing teams from their own grouping alone. This will allow historic series to remain live and well, a very important part of cricket and one which helps revenues. If Australia is locked out of playing New Zealand for instance, it won't work.

    The state of the emerging nations progress is very promising i believe and there needs to be the opportunity for them to play test cricket now. It is becoming ridiculous that teams like Ireland don't get the opportunity to take on Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and West Indies etc. at the very highest level.

    Perhaps the intercontinental finalists should now be getting temporary test status in the same way the top six associate teams are granted temporary odi status..

    Cheers

  • on July 13, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    ohhh, there u go... I am an Indian and feel so ashamed that none of our iNDIAN bros care about our neighbouring countries which need help... Y does Pakistan alwayz have 2 stand up 2 support Bangla or Afghan or srilanka????

  • tfjones1978 on July 13, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    The ICC should set up a multiple grouped approach to test cricket. Based on current rankings I will give: (1) Ind, SA, Aust, Srl. (2) Eng, Pak, NZ, WI. (3) Bang, Zimb, Assoc XI & ICup Winner. (4) ICup [4 days First Class] (5) IShield [4 days First Class] (with 4 year qualifiers).

    Each group plays group and next group above or below over 4 years (except Assoc XI doesnt play against ICup), with more tests per series required for same group.

    Groups 1 & 2 should play warm up "friendly" test matches only against countries in groups 3-5 that are located in that region

    Any group could play additional "friendly" tests against any team in any group, but only tournament tests should affect team rankings

    Similar approach should be used for ODI & T20I series to make all series part of qualifiers

    ODI World Cup should be 10 teams (Top 6 via series & 4 via assoc qualifiers) and T20I World Cup should be 20 teams (Top 12 via series & 8 via assoc qualifiers), with all teams able to enter to qualify

  • on July 13, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    i think cricket is now an asia game because we have maximum test playing nations but unfortunately the dirty politics of south asia has has destroyed our strength and trust on each other. we should keep politics away from sports and help each other in the every aspects of sports not only cricket. Afghans has the potential for producing fast bowlers and hard hitters which will be a great asset for events like IPL.

  • shahrukh619 on July 13, 2010, 5:19 GMT

    well pakistna has helped afghanistan alot unlike countries like india, srilanka and bangladesh. Pakistan has let them play in the NCA in lahore they een practised with pakistans cricket before the world t20. So I think that other countries should help them to.

  • on July 13, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    yes this is ture if you these country help us in our cricket then that is true that we all are in one sark commity we wish that any of that countries hlep us in our circketl.

  • on July 13, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Thanks Kabir Khan, I am sure both India and Pakistan will happily accept this request, But as i think the sooner the better way. Who will be the first to answer and accept our request....Hope hear soooon

  • on July 13, 2010, 2:27 GMT

    they should be helped....put the team in local tournaments....allow 11th international player in IPL, which must be from an associate nation.....Asia Cup with just 4 teams doesn't make sense.....and Asian games first time hosting Twenty20 with just 3 teams is bizzare

  • on July 13, 2010, 2:01 GMT

    the problem of asian countries is that we r enemey of each other so how can we help each other, we never want that our nighbour go further in sports we always against them so i guss this is our problem and it is hard to solve it..........

  • mike9999 on July 13, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    Ahem, why just Asian teams? I'm sure the Afghanis, Australians and NZers would all benefit from some form of tournament downunda. Maybe Afghani players could be available fo Australia and New Zealand domestic teams?

  • on July 13, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    It's hard to fit in new teams into an already crowded programme. What could happen is Afgans go to say SL where there is a tri series happening soon with SL, India and NZ and play a couple of full ODI's against two of those countries as part of their warm up for the series. This is what is happening in the UK with Ireland and Scotland. The ten full members have to play the other six nations when they can fit it in. Really looking forward to Bang 4 games in Ireland and Scotland over the next week.

  • on July 13, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    i like the idea of Afghanistan playing Pakistan A and another suggestion is that Bangladesh and Afghanistan should combine all their players to make a team because Bangladesh has been disappointing for so many years now and we should look to strengthen their team.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 13, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    PCB should invite them to play in pakistani domestic season. They need a batting coach so Pcb should ask miandad to spend a month or two with these lads

  • on July 12, 2010, 23:10 GMT

    well to be fair there is no reason why they shouldnt play with any other test nation. this is because if u look to their record against decent squads such as Ireland, who beat Pakistan, Scotland, who beat England and netherland, they have been beaten by Afghanistan so many times and they are still not a full member of ICC even though they have had four year statues. However, there could be some issues about hosting as Khuram Mamud said about terriost things in which the fact he doesnt know the truth but to be honest they should be playing without hosting for example, they should have matches with pakistan in pakistan and etc. But dont worry Blue heroes u are still number one in my life dairy as i like most things about u guys as one of the thing that u guys never give up and have battle till to the last drop of water and hope u keep going the same!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE U AFGHANI TIGERS*****

  • threeheadedmonkey on July 12, 2010, 22:56 GMT

    i think they should be allowed to enter a side in some of their regions domestic competitions. For a side in Afghanistan's position they just need to keep playing cricket. Either that or they should be looking to tour some of the major countries playing against the a teams and domestic squads in one off tour matches.

  • dream_boy on July 12, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    @Khurram Mahmud if they cant play in pakistan due to the security situation they may play matchs in UAE though even UAE cricket board already named sharjah staduim the home ground of afghanistan they can invite any team to play there any way if pakistan dont want to play against afghanistan the icc should make a seris afghanistan vs bangladish i know paki and indus thinking that they are big players in the world i wanna say that every one has a day afghanistan need just 2 or 3 matchs against india and pakistan then see the most intrested matchs will be between afghanistan india and pakistan

  • JackTheWanker on July 12, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Haha, good luck. India left Pakistan high and dry, what makes the coach think India will treat Afghanistan any better.

  • CavemanX on July 12, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    The time is right for the asian 4 to help Afghanistan. Afghanistan have potencial to become as strong as Australia, SA etc however they will only get there by playing regular cricket againest test nations. Im actually shocked to see that Pakistan is not already helping the Afghans. Im sure the Afghans would not mind going to Pak for a series of 3 ODIs and 2 t20s. Infact this intiative has its own benefits for Pakistan.

    I hope Afganistan continue there impressive journey. Good luck.

  • maddy20 on July 12, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    May be we should make them part of a tri-series. Lets have another India-Srilanka-Afghanistan tri series!

  • JS82 on July 12, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket Board should definitely consider inviting them for ODIs or T20s or 4 day first class matches. If the national team is not available they can easily play against the A team or local clubs. That should give them pretty good exposure.

  • knowledge_eater on July 12, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Agree with Thomas Cherian, despite Bangladesh being their perfect opponents, it will not be such a bad idea to invite them to play domestic cricket. I personally think 50 over format is the most ideal format for Afghanistan. It will be even great if India organize Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan, with India being natural venue. Well, if they play in Dhaka that would be ideal as well. Bangladesh might get a chance to prove a point or two and Afghanistan will be exposed to this condition as well. Also, if Afghani have chance to show their talent in Subcontinent, some players might impress few franchise so they can play in IPL as well. A better employment is the key here. It will attract many Afghani individuals back home as well. Not a bad idea at all. Peace

  • howizzat on July 12, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Help should come first from teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies. If Afghanistan passes the mustard at this level by showing compatibilty then should certainly get invitation for next level. Classifying cricket playing countries into two or different levels and if FTP is prepared accordingly it will serve a lot good in developing cricket in different countries.

  • RAKTECH on July 12, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Thy deserve better support from the test playing nations. Thy would prove to be better than Bangladesh for sure. Bangladeshi team still needs time to improve n even after 50 years thy will need some more time to improve.... Thy dont have a replacement for a batsman like ashraful who will not even feature in a Ranji plate group team....

  • on July 12, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    and why not? they are a decent side. in fact, their players should be allowed to play for our domestic teams. also, the facility to train at our academies should be extended to them. their immediate focus should be to play the 50 over format and the players should be trained to last the duration. this can be brought about by fine tuning their game by laying emphasis on good batting technique. for a start, they need to be realistic about their aspirations and should take positives even in defeat. they should consider it an achievement if some of these goals are achieved: 1-if setting a target, see that the match is dragged to 90 overs or beyond. 2-if chasing, come within 20 percent of the opponent's score.

  • on July 12, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Pakistan's facilities aren't being used right now. why cant they tour over there and play the A team and other local teams? I know the test playing nations wont tour and thats understandable, but I doubt if Afghanis would be targeted by "terrorists". This will definitely give them the exposure they need.

  • on July 12, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    England is the best country in this world.Look at them.They are trendsetters in almost every game.Indians should look at that and the BCCI should help Afghanistan.

  • on July 12, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Maybe they can play Bangla team but dont expect any Asian teams to visit Kabul soon..

    Seriously they should be invited to play Duleep trophy and such other national tournaments

  • khanq on July 12, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    please help afghanistan,....increase ASIA's strenghth

  • on July 12, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    They should be given help from all of the Asian Test playing nations. They have got the potential to create Fast bowler, hard hitters, good players within few years of preparation, given with appropriate opportunities. I believe, if they have been given most of which they require, they will soon surpass Bangladesh ..

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  • on July 12, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    They should be given help from all of the Asian Test playing nations. They have got the potential to create Fast bowler, hard hitters, good players within few years of preparation, given with appropriate opportunities. I believe, if they have been given most of which they require, they will soon surpass Bangladesh ..

  • khanq on July 12, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    please help afghanistan,....increase ASIA's strenghth

  • on July 12, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Maybe they can play Bangla team but dont expect any Asian teams to visit Kabul soon..

    Seriously they should be invited to play Duleep trophy and such other national tournaments

  • on July 12, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    England is the best country in this world.Look at them.They are trendsetters in almost every game.Indians should look at that and the BCCI should help Afghanistan.

  • on July 12, 2010, 17:15 GMT

    Pakistan's facilities aren't being used right now. why cant they tour over there and play the A team and other local teams? I know the test playing nations wont tour and thats understandable, but I doubt if Afghanis would be targeted by "terrorists". This will definitely give them the exposure they need.

  • on July 12, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    and why not? they are a decent side. in fact, their players should be allowed to play for our domestic teams. also, the facility to train at our academies should be extended to them. their immediate focus should be to play the 50 over format and the players should be trained to last the duration. this can be brought about by fine tuning their game by laying emphasis on good batting technique. for a start, they need to be realistic about their aspirations and should take positives even in defeat. they should consider it an achievement if some of these goals are achieved: 1-if setting a target, see that the match is dragged to 90 overs or beyond. 2-if chasing, come within 20 percent of the opponent's score.

  • RAKTECH on July 12, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Thy deserve better support from the test playing nations. Thy would prove to be better than Bangladesh for sure. Bangladeshi team still needs time to improve n even after 50 years thy will need some more time to improve.... Thy dont have a replacement for a batsman like ashraful who will not even feature in a Ranji plate group team....

  • howizzat on July 12, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    Help should come first from teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland and West Indies. If Afghanistan passes the mustard at this level by showing compatibilty then should certainly get invitation for next level. Classifying cricket playing countries into two or different levels and if FTP is prepared accordingly it will serve a lot good in developing cricket in different countries.

  • knowledge_eater on July 12, 2010, 19:15 GMT

    Agree with Thomas Cherian, despite Bangladesh being their perfect opponents, it will not be such a bad idea to invite them to play domestic cricket. I personally think 50 over format is the most ideal format for Afghanistan. It will be even great if India organize Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan, with India being natural venue. Well, if they play in Dhaka that would be ideal as well. Bangladesh might get a chance to prove a point or two and Afghanistan will be exposed to this condition as well. Also, if Afghani have chance to show their talent in Subcontinent, some players might impress few franchise so they can play in IPL as well. A better employment is the key here. It will attract many Afghani individuals back home as well. Not a bad idea at all. Peace

  • JS82 on July 12, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket Board should definitely consider inviting them for ODIs or T20s or 4 day first class matches. If the national team is not available they can easily play against the A team or local clubs. That should give them pretty good exposure.