Afghanistan news July 24, 2012

Afghanistan 'anxiously waiting' for Australia game

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Afghanistan Cricket Board chief Hamid Shinwari has said the one-day game scheduled to be played between Afghanistan and Australia, on August 25 in Sharjah, has been creating a lot of "excitement" back home. This will be Afghanistan's second ODI against a Full Member, following the game against Pakistan, at the same venue, in February.

"The value of the match in terms of increased experience as well as confidence and skill building will be immeasurable," Shinwari said. "Our players and supporters greatly admire and love cricketers from Australia, and the opportunity to play them has created widespread interest and excitement. They are anxiously waiting for the day to come."

Earlier this month, Cricket Australia had confirmed that their team - which will be in the UAE at the time for the series against Pakistan - would play a one-off match with Afghanistan, in an effort to assist with Afghanistan's cricketing development. Afghanistan have qualified for September's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, and they have one-day international status valid until 2013. They have had wins over Kenya, Canada, Netherlands and Scotland, and won more than half of the games they have played.

Waleed Bukhatir, vice chairman of Sharjah Cricket Club (SCC), also extended Afghanistan support. "Afghanistan has a national team that is definitely on the rise. I think it's the responsibility of every cricket-loving country to develop the game and to reach out to a country in need," he said. "We [the SCC] hope Afghanistan's matches against top teams in the world will go a long way in honing their competitive edge."

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  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @Azooz-Afgfan - well in all sincerity I am happy for him & Banga fans! (I'm Ozzy).

  • AzyS on July 27, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    afghanistan and ireland truly deserve all these matches as they have proved time and again that they are among the best.. the icc should work in the interest of cricket and promote them to full member status immediately.. there is no point in waiting.. they should become flexible and rewrite rules and history and make cricket a truly global game by letting more and more teams compete and yes they will fail and lose heavily at the start but you only get up after you fall.. they can play tests only with bangladesh and zimbabwe to begin with but they should play odi n t20 cricket with everyone..

  • Azooz-Afgfan on July 26, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Meety Hamid Hassan was in London for 1 month for his treatment and was practising at Lords regularly and returned to Afg few weeks back. He had an interview with BBC and told them that i am 90% fit to play against OZ and inshallah he will play against Aussie in Case if the coach didn't want to take a risk,cuz wct20 on the way. Bt few days earlier i contacted him through FB and he told that i m gona play the match what the Conditions are..

  • Meety on July 26, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    @Rameez Shikh - yes, I'm hoping Hasan plays, he is probably the best bowler in the world outside the test arena, with the possible exceptions of Dockrell & Rankin from Ireland. @ mihir_nam- I agree, whilst Afghan are a long shot, what has amazed me about your team over the last 6 or so years, is the fight in the side. You guys are almost NEVER beaten. I tracked Afghan's rise back when the MCC sent a side with Mike Gatting about 8 yrs ago, & have watched the cricket documentary on qualifying for the T20 W/Cup a while back - it was really inspirational stuff. Still want Oz to win, but I wouldn't begrudge losing to your mob! I'm hoping you guys get limited Test status (playing Zim & Bang only + Ireland) in the next 3 or 4 yrs. @Azooz-Afgfan - is Hasan officially available? (hope so).

  • on July 26, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    This is very nice and afghan team will show its power to ICC in this match.

  • 777aditya on July 25, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    one thing is for sure, everyone here in India will be glued onto the TV sets hoping to see the Aussies getting defeated at the hands of Afghanistan!

  • 777aditya on July 25, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Afghanistan should not repeat the mistakes they did against Pakistan - the batsmen all got out trying to force the issue. This time, they should play more patiently and apply themselves. The Afghani wicketkeeper hitting Ajmal for sixes was a sight to behold! Even their pace bowlers are pretty handy. If Australia take this game too lightly, they might well be in for a surprise! ALL THE BEST Afghanistan - cricket needs a talented addition like you!

  • on July 25, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    All the best to our afghani brothers !! I hope you're ODI status will continue for longer term !! Why not play a test match with BD, i am sure you'll win it !!

  • on July 25, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghan Tigers....:)

  • Azooz-Afgfan on July 25, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Afghanistan is Full Strenght for this ODI after Hamid Hassan's Return and the Skipper Nowroz Mangal and the Dashing Opener Noor Ali Zadran.

  • Meety on July 27, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    @Azooz-Afgfan - well in all sincerity I am happy for him & Banga fans! (I'm Ozzy).

  • AzyS on July 27, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    afghanistan and ireland truly deserve all these matches as they have proved time and again that they are among the best.. the icc should work in the interest of cricket and promote them to full member status immediately.. there is no point in waiting.. they should become flexible and rewrite rules and history and make cricket a truly global game by letting more and more teams compete and yes they will fail and lose heavily at the start but you only get up after you fall.. they can play tests only with bangladesh and zimbabwe to begin with but they should play odi n t20 cricket with everyone..

  • Azooz-Afgfan on July 26, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    @Meety Hamid Hassan was in London for 1 month for his treatment and was practising at Lords regularly and returned to Afg few weeks back. He had an interview with BBC and told them that i am 90% fit to play against OZ and inshallah he will play against Aussie in Case if the coach didn't want to take a risk,cuz wct20 on the way. Bt few days earlier i contacted him through FB and he told that i m gona play the match what the Conditions are..

  • Meety on July 26, 2012, 2:30 GMT

    @Rameez Shikh - yes, I'm hoping Hasan plays, he is probably the best bowler in the world outside the test arena, with the possible exceptions of Dockrell & Rankin from Ireland. @ mihir_nam- I agree, whilst Afghan are a long shot, what has amazed me about your team over the last 6 or so years, is the fight in the side. You guys are almost NEVER beaten. I tracked Afghan's rise back when the MCC sent a side with Mike Gatting about 8 yrs ago, & have watched the cricket documentary on qualifying for the T20 W/Cup a while back - it was really inspirational stuff. Still want Oz to win, but I wouldn't begrudge losing to your mob! I'm hoping you guys get limited Test status (playing Zim & Bang only + Ireland) in the next 3 or 4 yrs. @Azooz-Afgfan - is Hasan officially available? (hope so).

  • on July 26, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    This is very nice and afghan team will show its power to ICC in this match.

  • 777aditya on July 25, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    one thing is for sure, everyone here in India will be glued onto the TV sets hoping to see the Aussies getting defeated at the hands of Afghanistan!

  • 777aditya on July 25, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Afghanistan should not repeat the mistakes they did against Pakistan - the batsmen all got out trying to force the issue. This time, they should play more patiently and apply themselves. The Afghani wicketkeeper hitting Ajmal for sixes was a sight to behold! Even their pace bowlers are pretty handy. If Australia take this game too lightly, they might well be in for a surprise! ALL THE BEST Afghanistan - cricket needs a talented addition like you!

  • on July 25, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    All the best to our afghani brothers !! I hope you're ODI status will continue for longer term !! Why not play a test match with BD, i am sure you'll win it !!

  • on July 25, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghan Tigers....:)

  • Azooz-Afgfan on July 25, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Afghanistan is Full Strenght for this ODI after Hamid Hassan's Return and the Skipper Nowroz Mangal and the Dashing Opener Noor Ali Zadran.

  • Rukky on July 25, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    I wish Afghanistan to win this Match. By this they can improve their cricket and can become Full Member. I am great fan of Afghanistan team. Rukky from India.

  • Azooz-Afgfan on July 25, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    it's like dream come true playing against Aussies is what we were dreaming about. why do i feel like that there will be an upset in this match. Looking forward to it and The Count down begins.

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Good luck Afghan heroes. Be the winner like past

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Afghanistan is great in bowling and it has outstanding bowlers but anyway has got 2 problems.1 no good or most experienced batsman, it has but not good at all.they get out of control and 2 is no practicing like always practices for an a coming matches .and it is the best team at all physical and practical .wish it best luck at all.

  • on July 25, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    @Faid Nassari: I am very excited and happy for Afghanistan vs Australia(ODI). Afghan bowlers are quite enough to control giving high scoring to the Australian batsmen how ever the Batting line still looks week. If Afghanistan's batting line do well I am pretty sure they will have a competitive match against Australia. Good luck Afghanistan

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    we are great full from UCB that provide a ODI to play with afghanistan our team is young and un experiance but they showed there power there ability there patint in the feild of cricket we are not looking for q win over ustralia but we have hopes and we have believe on our team to play fighting game this is our high expectation go afghanistan go this is the time to show that we are a peacefull poeple we love peace, and i wish for that day that afghanistan host ustralia in our home land great afghanistan once again thanks from UCB

    long live our great afghanistan.............

  • on July 25, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    afghanistan will win this match inshaullah

  • QaisarJaan on July 25, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan, do your best and make all the Afghanis and we Pakistanis proud.... :))

  • on July 25, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    ..terrifc would be for World Cricket and for Afghans fans and Cricketers :)

  • mihir_nam on July 25, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @Ben1989 Bangladesh and Afghanistan can bring in good crowds in UAE. they can also have revival of SHARJAH cup of 80's 90's .if top teams are busy engage it with Bangladesh,Zimbabwe,Afghanistan,Ireland,UAE(If they qualify for ODI status in 2013),Netherlands,Scotland . With Afghanistan and Bangladesh along side any of this team will be great to watch. Even Television viewers will be more in Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Sponsors should be shown bright side of it. Any Bangladeshi Sponsor can help for series and Bangladesh board and team generate good revenue.

  • on July 25, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Good luck lads............. waiting eagerly to see an upset to states qua !! A Sri Lankan fan :D

  • zenboomerang on July 25, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Great to see Afghanistan playing us (Oz) in an ODI & hope for more matches in the future - perhaps a winter ODI tri-series which would be good for the region...

  • Ben1989 on July 25, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    @mihir_nam, that is a perfect idea, would love to see a tri-series between these 3 teams, would be closely contested & interesting to watch, at this point in time (& I'm not just saying this to put down the Kiwi's) I would say Afghanistan have a chance of even beating NZ on their day, maybe a match or series needs to be played between these two teams???

  • braindead_rocker on July 24, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    We Indians applaud Afghanistan and wish them the very best of luck for this match. An upset will go a long way in helping to improve Associate cricket's image. Australia are going through a transitional phase and are weak in ODIs at the moment. Even a competitive match will be great.

  • on July 24, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Afghanistan, put in some good spin bowlers in your team and you will spin a web around Aussies on flat Sharjah pitch. Do well against them and maybe you will get promoted to be regular ODI team. This is free coaching advise. Australia would be nervous any way, after being routed by the pommies.

  • on July 24, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    we the Nation of Afghanistan thanks the Cricket Austrilia .... for provinding such an oppourtunity ...... we are waiting for the other countries to do so as well .... specially BCCI should help us alot .......

  • on July 24, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    They are doing very good. If given the chance they can be killer very soon.

  • mihir_nam on July 24, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Good , try to get sponsors from Expat Afghans and host a Tri Series with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in UAE...

  • on July 24, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Afghanistan should field their strongest XI. I hope Hamid Hasan will be fully fit for the game. They should make an impression in the game. All the best :-)

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  • on July 24, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Afghanistan should field their strongest XI. I hope Hamid Hasan will be fully fit for the game. They should make an impression in the game. All the best :-)

  • mihir_nam on July 24, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Good , try to get sponsors from Expat Afghans and host a Tri Series with Zimbabwe and Bangladesh in UAE...

  • on July 24, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    They are doing very good. If given the chance they can be killer very soon.

  • on July 24, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    we the Nation of Afghanistan thanks the Cricket Austrilia .... for provinding such an oppourtunity ...... we are waiting for the other countries to do so as well .... specially BCCI should help us alot .......

  • on July 24, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Afghanistan, put in some good spin bowlers in your team and you will spin a web around Aussies on flat Sharjah pitch. Do well against them and maybe you will get promoted to be regular ODI team. This is free coaching advise. Australia would be nervous any way, after being routed by the pommies.

  • braindead_rocker on July 24, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    We Indians applaud Afghanistan and wish them the very best of luck for this match. An upset will go a long way in helping to improve Associate cricket's image. Australia are going through a transitional phase and are weak in ODIs at the moment. Even a competitive match will be great.

  • Ben1989 on July 25, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    @mihir_nam, that is a perfect idea, would love to see a tri-series between these 3 teams, would be closely contested & interesting to watch, at this point in time (& I'm not just saying this to put down the Kiwi's) I would say Afghanistan have a chance of even beating NZ on their day, maybe a match or series needs to be played between these two teams???

  • zenboomerang on July 25, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Great to see Afghanistan playing us (Oz) in an ODI & hope for more matches in the future - perhaps a winter ODI tri-series which would be good for the region...

  • on July 25, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Good luck lads............. waiting eagerly to see an upset to states qua !! A Sri Lankan fan :D

  • mihir_nam on July 25, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @Ben1989 Bangladesh and Afghanistan can bring in good crowds in UAE. they can also have revival of SHARJAH cup of 80's 90's .if top teams are busy engage it with Bangladesh,Zimbabwe,Afghanistan,Ireland,UAE(If they qualify for ODI status in 2013),Netherlands,Scotland . With Afghanistan and Bangladesh along side any of this team will be great to watch. Even Television viewers will be more in Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Sponsors should be shown bright side of it. Any Bangladeshi Sponsor can help for series and Bangladesh board and team generate good revenue.