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 fsdb 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)


Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 25, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

I am well wisher from India. I want Afghanistan to play well and become a good cricketing nation in the next decade. They have so much skill and talent. I hope the ICC provide the necessary funds to improve cricket in Afghanistan. It will be an interesting match against Australia. Good luck Afghanistan ! God bless.

Posted by AvidFanDownUnder on (August 25, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

Good luck to Afghanistan, while Australia should have the measure of these guys today if the Afghanis continue to progress the way they have the past few years these guys could really become world beaters. Its a great story and one that I hope has just started.

Posted by landl47 on (August 24, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

It's great that Australia have agreed to play Afghanistan- good for them. Other countries should follow their lead. I hope it's a competitive game and that Afghanistan gives a good account of itself.

Posted by ozone8237 on (August 24, 2012, 23:07 GMT)

@Nerk, I think I agree with you and I would add to the argument that when major teams visit strong opponents instead of playing warm up matches with their Board's 11, President's 11 and A sides and so on they can arrange to play One days with the neighboring minnow sides or atleast if not internationl they can have their warm up matches with the weaker neighboring nations. for example Afghanistan, UAE, or any Persian gulf nation when they have a Pakistan tour. Nepal, Maldives, Bhutan, China, Hongkong, When teams tour India-Srilanka-Bangladesh. Malaysia, Indonesia e.t.c for New zealand and Australia and the same goes for England(Scotland, Ireland, Neitherland, Itlay, Francs),and South Africa(Kenya,Uganda, and the rest of Africa and West Indies's neighboring minnow cricketing states. This will sure promote cricket in the emerging nations.

Posted by Nerk on (August 24, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

Long overdue. It is the ICC's duty to make sure that the big teams play the smaller ones, otherwise the smaller ones wont improve. Kenya, for example, had a fantastic team in the early 2000s, but lack of foresight meant they didn't play quality opponents, and thus their cricket did not advance. Still, one match is not enough, and matches against associate members should be enforced. For example, when a nation tours South Africa, they can play Kenya. When they play Pakistan, a short series against Afghanistan. England has two teams tour every year, why doesn't one of them play Ireland and the other Scotland. A bit of common sense and cricket will advance and become more competitive. As to the argument that this is just Australia boosting their averages, why didn't the ICC just arrange another tour of Australia by India. Playing India away from home is a far better chance to boost ones averages than playing against a minnow.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

well if icc has given the one day status to these coyuntries then they should also arraange one dday matches against full test playing nations make sure that these team should play 5 to 6 matches per year against full member team like kenya use to till 2002 but then even after qualifying for the world cup semi final hich itself was the history that no accosiate team would ever qualify forthe semi final neither could the teams like zimbabwe aur bangladesh nor could srilanka till their first five appearences but kenya did but they did,nt play a single match till next one and half year which made them going in dissarray icc if theyy want to spread cricket to all parts then they shuld however mnange to organise atleast 5 to 6 matches of teams like ireland and afghanistan aganst full members and also against no 8 9 10 in test table .................

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (August 24, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

Good Luck Afghanistan And Australia

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (August 24, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

@crazy.mechanic - Excuse me but was I even talking about the infrastructure or something? Not by my reckoning when was the last time India played a one off game or series excluding World Cups against the likes of Kenya, Ireland, Netherlands, Afghanistan etc? See now you can see what I'm talking about, this is a nation that suppose to be a role model for the Cricketing World but you don't see that infact aren't they the ones that always put pressure on the ICC? The fact is India doesn't want weaker teams to improve and emerge they don't want to fool themselves against weaker opposition.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (August 24, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

" In a similat vein if India dont play BD / Afghanistan, bashers will say they dont give developing nations a chance to play them. But if they play them bashers will say they always try to play minnows to improve their records." - This one is Best :D !!

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (August 24, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

@ Munafbhai - Hahahaha...Nice one Bro ! Loved reading your comment :D 100% true. Some of these fans somehow always manage to find a way to bash BCCI / India / Indian Team / Its players / Its Spinning Tracks (they call it 'Flat Tracks' lol) / SRT / IPL etc.. Btw, ALL THE BEST to Afghanistan Team. Give Aussies a tough fight. :)

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (August 24, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Can Aussies improve from las ttour in Eng?

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (August 24, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

all the best to afghanies. I hope they do win this match.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (August 24, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

@ExtremeSpeed. This is not opp for AFGHAN. ICC is helping Aussies to improve as Aussies were pathetic for last few years in cricket.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (August 24, 2012, 17:08 GMT)

@crindan 77 U mean Aussies can make an upset

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (August 24, 2012, 15:44 GMT)

@ExtremeSpeed: Dude! I understand your team (TIGERS, former world #4 in t20 rankings and asia cup finalist) wants to play INDIA. If your team is so interested why doesn't your board work up a schedule with BCCI? Do you think series are planned overnight? every team plans for it at least one - two years ahead that is something YOUR BOARD will learn in coming years. We have seen how much progress Bangla team has made in last few years, You team beat top teams in worldcup, you team beat top teams in Asia cup and Your team has some exciting talent with very few THINKING - RATIONAL FANS! I'm sure your team will play top teams in coming years and will be one of the force to reckon with. Good luck

Posted by crazy.mechanic on (August 24, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

@ExtremeSpeed....How do you know India hasn't helped member nations specially Afghanistan??? Here are the facts-(1) India pays a lot to ICC which intern is serve for the development of the cricket facilities of the member nations.(2) India has a bigger influence in Afghanistan politically and culturally, the coaches, the facilities are created by India not by Pakistan,Australia or England. Get your facts sorted out before commenting!

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

All the best Afghanistan and Thanks to Cricket Australia for providing a wonderful opportunity to afghans and to their fans worldwide :) Hope the same support from other teams as well :)

Posted by ProdigyA on (August 24, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Good luck to the Men in Blue..

Posted by bigdhonifan on (August 24, 2012, 14:13 GMT)

Good luck Afghan's!!!! Show the world that you got quality, if not a win!

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 24, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

@ExtremeSpeed : India seems to be every ones fav punching bag ( jealousy oriented comments) ...Till 2007 BCCI was not keen on T20s so everyone bashed them for that. Now everbody loves to bash BCCI for IPL and excessive T20. BCCI is now again bashed for opposing DRS...but if it accepts DRS haters will find a way to bash. In a similat vein if India dont play BD / Afghanistan bashers will say they dont give developing nations a chance to play them. But if they play them bashers will say they always try to play minnows to improve their records. If India makes spin tracks at home its unporting wickets but if Eng/SA make tracks to suit their strengths its sporting wickets True what they say..Haters will always hate no matter best policy is to ignore haters.

Posted by   on (August 24, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

All the Best AFG, expect to make a good runs or good wicket but never dream of wining now first respect to elders.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (August 24, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Its great to see the big teams (exc..India) give a team like Afghanistan an opportunity to play and develop, should do the same for other teams like Ireland, Holland, Kenya etc.

Posted by crindo77 on (August 24, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

All the best to Afghanistan. Remember Bangladesh in the World Cups! Weaker teams can often cause upsets.

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