Afghanistan news July 30, 2013

Afghanistan embark on tour of Namibia

ESPNcricinfo staff

Afghanistan will look to strengthen their chances of qualifying for the 2015 World Cup on their tour of Namibia, which begins on August 4.

The team, which departed for Namibia today, is scheduled to play one Intercontinental Cup match and two World Cricket League Championship matches on August 9 and 11. Victory in both matches will take Afghanistan to 15 points, alongside Netherlands and Scotland, bettering their chances of a place in the World Cup. For Namibia, who are currently seventh in the league, the matches are a chance to better their ranking before their last league round matches against UAE.

The last time these teams met was in March 2012, when Afghanistan beat Namibia by 28 runs in the World Twenty20 qualifiers to secure a place in the World T20 in Sri Lanka. Afghanistan's next series will be the Asian Cricket Council's Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore, where they will play their first match against Nepal on August 17.

The CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, said: "We wish our national team well for their Namibia tour. We are looking forward to a top-class performance by the players, and are confident in their ability, which has shown in their performances so far in this journey to qualify for the 2015 World Cup. They have also had the benefit of a 14-day training camp in the lead up to this tour. We know they will do everything they can to make our country proud."

August 4-7: Intercontinental Cup match v Namibia
August 9: WCL Championship match v Namibia
August 11: WCL Championship match v Namibia