Afghanistan v Australia 2012

Playing Australia a 'big occasion' - Mangal

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August 24, 2012

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Dawlat Zadran appeals successfully for Asad Shafiq's wicket, Afghanistan v Pakistan, one-off ODI, Sharjah, February 10, 2012
Afghanistan played an ODI against Pakistan in February, a match they lost by seven wickets © AFP
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Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal has termed Saturday's one-day match against Australia a "big occasion" for the team. The match is Afghanistan's only second against a Full Member country after becoming eligible for ODI cricket.

"Definitely, it's a big occasion for us and we want to make the best use of it," Mangal said. "We have done well against Scotland and Ireland but given a chance against Australia is a big thing and we are excited about it."

Afghanistan have played 22 ODIs in the last three years, winning 12. But their only previous match against a Full Member side was when they played Pakistan in Sharjah in February this year. Australia, who are playing a limited-overs series against Pakistan in the UAE from August 28, agreed to play the match against Afghanistan in an effort to assist with their cricketing development.

"We are thankful to Australia and to the ICC for making this possible," Mangal said. "Australia are real champions and hopefully we can put up a good show. Definitely it's our dream to play matches against top teams and if we get such chances regularly our players will improve."

Afghanistan have made good progress in the recent years. They played World Twenty20 in 2010 and will appear in this year's event in Sri Lanka in September. However, the chief executive of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Hamid Shinwari, said that the team would need continued support from the cricketing world to develop the game in the country.

"The support of the ACC and the ICC is very helpful in developing the game in Afghanistan but we expect more from the world because cricket is more than a game in Afghanistan," Shinwari said. "Cricket gives hope to millions of people in our country and we want to improve in this game."

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Posted by   on (August 26, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

first , thanks to ICC and Austr CC to support Afghanistan. actually, Afghanistan played well . in fielding , they are good in balling, they are also good but in batting , they have to improve the batting . Afghanistan has some young talented players. I hope ICC and full member give chance to Afghanistan to play some one days and twenty matches.

Posted by BoonBoom on (August 25, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

I really hope Australia crush Afghanistan in a ruthless manner so the Afghans understand what does it take to play the game at the highest level.

Posted by Bobby_Talyarkhan on (August 25, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

The only way the BCCI can be forced to foster the international development of the game is by being shamed into doing so by the example of other, more generous countries. WELL DONE AUSTRALIA (an India fan).

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 25, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

To all my Asian friends..just take a pause before you bash BCCI/ India. Learn how much your board, players are being helped by this richest board, people of India. Don't only see the negative side. just read all the facts my fellow Indians posted and remember them. If you keep on bashing , it will only hurt you not us.

Posted by crazy.mechanic on (August 25, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

@ExtremeSpeed- To my reckoning infrastructure does play a huge role!! as for the Indian team playing Afghanistan, there are certain lot of issues involved. India as @Munafbhai described is sort of a punching bag, if they play against the member nations instead of applauding their gesture they would start criticizing them for playing against the minnows and bullying them.Moreover India's cricket schedule is packed, with many nations wanting to play against the Indians just to get some money out of the series, it's highly impossible for countries like Afgan to get a chance.Money does play a huge role and I say again India has always helped the member nations but most of their efforts are done behind the scenes and are unknown to the people like @ExtremeSpeed. And when did countries like Sri Lanka, England or South Africa played against the member nations???? as for Pakistan they had a lot of time to give Afghanistan an opportunity to play against them..and so they did.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 25, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

@ExtremeSpeed. It is a shame that you have a short memory of your team's Test status and Fist test series you got!. Indians, BCCI should learn from this, they got all problems for helping BD to achieve test status and now they got slap in the face from arrogant BD fans.And regarding Afgan, ask their batsmen (10 member team) which got training in Pune camp, about Indian support. Grow up dude, there is something more than BCCI/India bashing. All the best Afgan.

Posted by zenboomerang on (August 25, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Good luck Afghanistan from an Aussie... Would like to see a tri or quad series in winter up north against 2/3 associates against a strong A squad... Setting up spinning wickets like recently in Darwin would give all teams much needed experience...

Posted by takenaback on (August 25, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

Let's not kid ourselves here, Australia really need this match as they have been looking very ordinary indeed in one-day cricket of late. They weren't even competitive in England. Hopefully they start improving! As an Australian supporter their batting really worries me, it just doesn't look solid. So I'm not going to get into the politics of all this as it is obviously good for Afghanistan to play against a full member but it is also good for Australia at the moment.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 25, 2012, 2:07 GMT)

Great for a side like Afghanistan that they can play the might of Australia. Too bad they aren't playing England, they could probably get a win!

Posted by ifrakurshid on (August 25, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

FULL MARKS TO EX--PRESENT ICC MANAGEMENT TEAM TO DEVELOP CRICKET IN afghnitan it might take 5 years plus before they become a real threat cricketers to INDIA,PAK,BANGLADESH AND SRILANKA THEIR PLAYERS NEEDS ENCOURAGEMENT TO PLAY IN CHAMPIONSHIP LIKE IPL AND ETC.YES SHORTER VERSION OF CRICKET GIVES A OUTSIDE CHANCE TO BEAT STRONG ESTABLISH CRICKET TEAMS.

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