Afghanistan news December 16, 2011

Afghanistan to play first ODI against Test nation

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • zapeta on December 19, 2011, 12:48 GMT

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

  • on December 19, 2011, 11:52 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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 ^^

  • 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 sure...watch out for Afghanistan in years to come! Cheers from PAKISTAN!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • on December 18, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Inshaallah Afghanistan well get Matches Against other Test nation countrys

  • on December 18, 2011, 4:00 GMT

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

  • hamid_faisal_786 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.

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

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

  • on December 19, 2011, 11:52 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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 ^^

  • 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 sure...watch out for Afghanistan in years to come! Cheers from PAKISTAN!!!

  • 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.

  • 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.....

  • on December 18, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    Inshaallah Afghanistan well get Matches Against other Test nation countrys

  • on December 18, 2011, 4:00 GMT

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

  • hamid_faisal_786 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.

  • on December 18, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    I wish Afghan cricket team all the very best. If this trend continues with this pace afghan going to beat Bangladesh and Kenya. Keep up good work guys keep winning as habit.

  • Vilander on December 18, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Best of luck Afganistan, cheers from India.

  • hamid_faisal_786 on December 17, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    Its Still not decided who is going to win. we cant say afghanistan cant win it because its an international cricket team. Afghanistan got an epic bowling who can change the shape of an entire match. on the other side Afghanistan got really talented batting squad which can seriously demage a strong bowling side. hope for the best from one of the best team in the WORLD :D

  • ahtasham.rvj on December 17, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    congrats to Afghanistan on getting the ODI status ...they have proved themselves against associates and affiliates....oviously they cant beat Pakistan but they will get a lot of experience from it..and i am sure they will be a better team than BD,WI,IRE in next 4 to 5 years..Good luck

  • hamid_faisal_786 on December 17, 2011, 18:47 GMT

    I have never felt such a great excitment regarding the game of cricket, in my life. This is going to be the match of the century. I hope it goes as a fair match with full action. Long Live Afghanistan & Pakistan cricket relationship.

  • hamid_faisal_786 on December 17, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    first of all i honestly thank ICC for giving Afghanistan well deserve opportunity to perform and show its unseen cricket talent :D lots of love to all cricket fans and especially to ICC.

  • Muzgrob on December 17, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Sad that it took this long for ANY of the 10 full members to play Afghanistan in an ODI, but happy that they finally get a chance to test themselves against the big boys after proving themselves against the associates... Here's hoping they get their own ground soon and really start pushing to the best of their potential and qualify for an ODI world cup.

  • on December 17, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Best of luck for Afghanistan Inshallah Afghanistan will be the winner

  • LSAF on December 17, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    Firstly, thanks to PCB for agreeing to play Afghanistan in an ODI. This compnesated Afghanistan's A team tour of Pakistan when no other team was willing to tour Pakistan due to security concerns. Secondly, it is less probable that Afghanistan will win but I am sure they will give Pakistan some tough time due to exceptional talents in the likes of Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi and so on.

  • on December 17, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    How long have Afghanistan had ODI status? They're JUST getting their 1st ODI against a Test nation? This is exactly Whats WRONG with this sport.....

  • on December 17, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    well a good news for Afghanistan!!

  • on December 17, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    man this is my dream match i know its not possible but hopefully Afghanistan win

  • ExplicitPlatinum on December 17, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    This is going to be a much more exciting match than playing against Bangladesh. The match will go to Pakistan but Pakistan should still use their big guns and really crush the Afghanistan team. We did it with Ireland and now need to do it with Afghanistan as we can't afford to relax at international level. Junaid Khan should rattle the stumps here and Shahid Afridi should open the batting and smash Afghanistan all around the park.

  • on December 17, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    Afghanistan will make a record in this Match inshallah

  • on December 17, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Wowwwwwwwwww i love both team but Afghanistan is my country i will pray for my great country team May Allah win this match Ameen

  • on December 17, 2011, 10:22 GMT

    Wow!! It will be a wonderful match. And I'm sure Afghanistan will put up a strong display and who knows they may even win. Go Afghanistan and defeat Pakistan.

  • on December 17, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    congratch.....to afgans.............

  • on December 17, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan, hope you guys put up a good fight against Pakistan.

  • on December 17, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    wow what day that would be we r waiting

  • jalalrahimi78 on December 17, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    wow! what a news if Afghanistan lose dose,nt matter if they won from Pakistan vary shame for Pakistan bcz they are test nation inshaallah Afghanistan will won the match our prays are whit them

  • SRHaider on December 17, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Good luck to Afghanistan.... I hope they don't make the same mistake that BD and Kenya made. They are doing a decent job and should focus on developing a robust domestic circuit. These set of people, without any substantial domestic backup, can only take go to a limited extent. I hope they focus their energy on developing domestic cricket.

  • on December 17, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    @ajmal 1988 ..... keep in mind dat no one would be able to reach dat record of SEHWAG .......BTW he made 219 not 218 ...:P

  • on December 17, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Afghanistan right now could put up a better challenge than Bangladesh in the current series...

  • getsetgopk on December 17, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    Cpt. Meanster, Afghanistan visited Pakistan this year with a full strength team and played one days series there and got clean swept by Pakistan A team, Ifs and Buts nothing more, most india fans were 'hoping' bangladesh would beat pakistan but turned out to be a non contest and people are now calling for revoking their status, Bangla should have stayed away from Pak and played the likes of ZIM, WI or Irland, you can do better than that.

  • Dashgar on December 17, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Great to see, I hope they get more games against teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and West Indies. Pakistan may beat them comfortably but Pakistan are a top class side right now. Afghanistan could really surprise some of the lower ranked test teams. I'd love to see them play some 4 dayers vs some A teams as well.

  • rawcrickettalent on December 17, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Afghanistan is a team with great potential......

  • Saadatullah on December 17, 2011, 3:43 GMT

    Good News to all Cricket fans, Afghanistan will Win inshallah, Thanks from ICC providing this Opportunity to Afghan Cricket fan.

  • on December 17, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    I've seen bits and pieces of Afganistan play and I like what I see, this is fantastic news, good luck to the Afgani boys

  • OhhhMattyMatty on December 17, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    Afghanistan are slight favourites in my opinion. Block out Ajmal and they'll win!

  • pb10677 on December 16, 2011, 22:23 GMT

    I think this is brilliant news, and from what I've seen of the Afghan boys, they will take so so much out of this match, irrespective of what the result is.

    A lot of people here are saying they are not ready - and no they probably aren't but they have to start somewhere. They played well in the world T20 a year or so back and I reckon they will give a good account of themselves here, and probably put up as good a show as Bangladesh or Kenya would in the same circumstances. They may even surprise a few people - they definitely have the ability for that......

  • donda on December 16, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    Nice start for afghanistan and hope they do play well in that ODI and in future. Let's see how good they are, i hope they become better team than Bangladesh in next 10 years.

  • on December 16, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    best of luck afghanistan with our prayer.. chear boys....

  • on December 16, 2011, 19:45 GMT

    WiiCricket, they are playing in UAE because it is going to be a part of the side games for England-Pakistan series. Also England is going to play a four day game with Associates and Affiliates Team which will include 3 Afghan players and some from Ireland.

  • ajmal1988 on December 16, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Good news! and now its the opportunity for Pakistan to allow shahid afridi to open the batting and crack Sehwag's record of 218 in ODIs and bring the record to Peshawar :D

    International cricket is international cricket

  • on December 16, 2011, 19:28 GMT

    oh please pcb what ur doing, i think u guys don't learn from the past,look what u did for bd, and what they r up to now.now ur making one more minnows in to something big.

  • on December 16, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Players from associate nations look forward to such encounters. They have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Its a moment for individuals to show off their talent and make an impact. Good luck to our neighbours. May our battles only be restricted to the fields of sport

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 16, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    If Afghanistan beats Pakistan... WOW ! what a day that would be !!!

  • chandiorashid on December 16, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Good news..they can also play in pakistan to bring back international cricket in country...

  • avmd on December 16, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    This ridiculous and doesn't make any sense. Its Ok to help Afghanistan cricket by letting them play with Pakistan's domestic teams and in domestic tournament but to play a full international with Afghanistan is undermining the value of ODI. We are already witnessing the affect of playing with minnows in ongoing Pak-BD series and this practice needs to be stopped. Let Afghanistan earn this by winning few ODIs against BD, Zimbabwe and other minnows repeatedly and only them give them the honor. OK , Pakistan has few problems with inviting other teams to Pakistan but that doesn't mean they should start playing with Afghanistan and inviting teams like BD.

  • sunnymachoo on December 16, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Please Pakistan! Not a single blunder in this one! =) Thankyou!!

  • Hassan.Farooqi on December 16, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    This is not nice. Afghanistan is not ready for the big league, and this will just demoralize them. They have already participated in Faysal Bank T20 recently, and lost all the matches to local teams. How can they compete with a team like Pakistan?

  • on December 16, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    " There was also an attempt to include Afghanistan in Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament but that did not materialise". This statement is absolutely incorrect as Afghanistan played in Faysal Bank T20 competition recently player in Karachi. Please correct!

  • salman_0902 on December 16, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Sharjah is the best place for both the teams to meet. there will be enormous support for both the teams and there will be a lot of supporters who would be for both sides kinda confused like myself. but we will appriciate good cricket. Pakistan should easily win the match and Afg should learn a lot from it. Good luck to both them.

  • elananjundan on December 16, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Its heartening to hear that cricket has helped a part in the happiness of the Afghanistan people.... maybe this is the beginning of a tale of joy for the afghans after what they undergoing for the last decade... they have already impressed in the recently concluded SAAF football tournament and i'm sure they will do well in cricket also in the coming future... best wishes to them..........

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    "There was also an attempt to include Afghanistan in Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament but that did not materialise" As far as I remember they played in a domestic T20 tournament and lost their group games.

  • nzcricket174 on December 16, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan, hope you guys put up a good fight against Pakistan.

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghanistan ....

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Good luck for Afghanistan in their first ODI against Pakistan.

  • rzi-BDML on December 16, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Very good News for Afghanistan, This may be time for them to come up against the best sides.

  • on December 16, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    WOW nice this is a great opportunity to check our strength level

  • on December 16, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    good luck afghanistan for the future !!

  • on December 16, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Afghan are better then Bangal Tigers atleaset. They should get more opportunities.

  • wiiCricket on December 16, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Why are they playing in Sharjah? Why not in Pakistan? This is the chance to bring Cricket back to the soil of Pakistan. This seems to me a wasted opportunity.

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  • wiiCricket on December 16, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Why are they playing in Sharjah? Why not in Pakistan? This is the chance to bring Cricket back to the soil of Pakistan. This seems to me a wasted opportunity.

  • on December 16, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    Afghan are better then Bangal Tigers atleaset. They should get more opportunities.

  • on December 16, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    good luck afghanistan for the future !!

  • on December 16, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    WOW nice this is a great opportunity to check our strength level

  • rzi-BDML on December 16, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Very good News for Afghanistan, This may be time for them to come up against the best sides.

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    Good luck for Afghanistan in their first ODI against Pakistan.

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghanistan ....

  • nzcricket174 on December 16, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Congratulations Afghanistan, hope you guys put up a good fight against Pakistan.

  • on December 16, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    "There was also an attempt to include Afghanistan in Pakistan's domestic Twenty20 tournament but that did not materialise" As far as I remember they played in a domestic T20 tournament and lost their group games.

  • elananjundan on December 16, 2011, 16:34 GMT

    Its heartening to hear that cricket has helped a part in the happiness of the Afghanistan people.... maybe this is the beginning of a tale of joy for the afghans after what they undergoing for the last decade... they have already impressed in the recently concluded SAAF football tournament and i'm sure they will do well in cricket also in the coming future... best wishes to them..........