Afghanistan news July 24, 2012

Afghanistan 'anxiously waiting' for Australia game

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Andrew on July 27, 2012, 13:24 GMT

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

  • A 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 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..

  • Andrew 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).

  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2012, 2:14 GMT

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

  • Aditya 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!

  • Aditya 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!

  • Dummy4 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 !!

  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghan Tigers....:)

  • Azooz 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.

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