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

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  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    I think Afghanistan have upper hand in this tour best of luck heroes.

  • Dummy4 on August 2, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    that's a great news for us Afghanistan will win this match 100% because its very important match for Afghanistan if the beat Namibia after that Afghanistan will play with Kenya also beating of Kenya is so important for us after these two matches win Afghanistan will go to world cup directly .

  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan. Afghanistan's Zadran is a bowler who can bowl upto 152.6 with risky Bowlers.

  • Shifaullah on July 31, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Nice to hear that and In Sha Allah once again Afghanistan tigers will come back home with victories in all scheduled matches. but I am confused that Afghanistan is already entitled to 2015 world cup, as I heard from media, so why again they are going to world cricket league?

  • Azooz on July 31, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Glory team Afghanistan ♥♥♥ we want to be placed in Aussies group, want my team to be tested hard.. GO KHURASANS GO

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    All the best, I m happy to see new nation in cricket

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Fingers crossed, wish you all the very best and success. Inshallah Afghanistan will win both of WCL Championship matches with high run rate which of course will level them with Netherlands and Scotland, and Inshallah I am confident over the ability and talent of my beloved Afghan team for winning the series. Afghanistan has always had good record over Namibia in the past.

    To my understanding Scotland can't beat Ireland, so their direct qualification to World Cup is impossible.

    Only Afghanistan and Netherlands are having huge chances as their rivals don't look that strong.

    But I hope Afghanistan will make it for the World Cup.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Come on tigerzzzz take ur place in WC 2015..... All Afghanistan is on praying for u sweethearts..... Best of luck

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Wish you all the best My Sweet Afghanistan cricket team, managers, coach, selectors and the entire Afghanistan cricket board...

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    Guys your heartily love and diligent cricket motivating worldwide fun. Show the world your talent and bring victory to your nation. Good Luck.