Afghanistan news September 30, 2011

High hopes for Afghanistan's young talent

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan have targeted a place at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka next year, and batsman Mohammad Nabi believes the blooding of new talent during Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament stands the team in good stead.

"We are preparing for the World Twenty20 qualifiers next year and for a series of matches in the United Arab Emirates, so it was very good to come here and play," said Nabi, who was stand-in captain at the Faysal Bank T20 cup, with Regular captain Nawroz Mangal and several senior players having missed the trip in order to prepare for next month's matches in the UAE.

"We brought some youngsters here while the seniors were in the UAE, so we have a good back-up and youngsters get the chance to learn something, and I am happy that they learnt a lot," said Nabi.

Nabi added that he hoped new coach Aftab Habib would continue the progress set in motion by former coach Rashid Latif. "We learnt a lot from Rashid Latif and now we have former England player Habib as coach, so we hope he carries on the good work," said Nabi.

In order for Afghanistan to make a second appearance at the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka next September, they will have to finish in the top two in the World Twenty20 qualifiers scheduled in the UAE from March 13-24, 2012.

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  • Mohammad on October 3, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    They lost the T20 matches in Pakistan because of bad captaincy. The captain didn't use the right bowlers in the right occasion. They also need to play mental cricket. I think Kabir Khan, the ex-coach of Afghanistan, had focused a lot on this aspect. Finally, they need to improve the selection process. If a dentist can join the cricket board as a physio, I am sure that there is a selection bias as well. Players like Shabir Noori, and Najeeb Zadran should replace those who can not produce runs.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    In the name of Allah Afghanistan will win T20 qualify round in UAE.

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Anyhow, our team has done their best to play, but lack of experience and regular practice on standard pitches make the difference!

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    Inshallah we will achieve wat we aim, Our aim is to finish 1st or Second in WC T20 qualifiers and top the ODI league of Associates & Affilites to fly to Aussie and play in WC 2015. Inshallah the new talent youngsters will shine in future.. AFGHAN 4 EVER!!

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    Juniors did not play well, especially their fielding was well below par.Juniors did not play well, especially their fielding was well below par.

  • masood on September 30, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    they have lost all 3 matches...and the seniors are in uae for preparing a series against uae...preparing in a camp is better or taking part in domestic tournament and playing against international cricketers make u well prepared...pathans...ah

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghan Brothers.

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