Afghanistan news July 30, 2013

Afghanistan embark on tour of Namibia

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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."

Fixtures:
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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  • on July 30, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Should make for some good contests, Namibia can pretty dangerous on their day, even if they are pretty lowly placed right now. Great competition this is, hopefully it just keeps expanding.

  • on August 4, 2013, 6:23 GMT

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

  • 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 .

  • 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-Afgfan 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

  • on July 31, 2013, 7:46 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • on July 30, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Should make for some good contests, Namibia can pretty dangerous on their day, even if they are pretty lowly placed right now. Great competition this is, hopefully it just keeps expanding.

  • on August 4, 2013, 6:23 GMT

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

  • 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 .

  • 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-Afgfan 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

  • on July 31, 2013, 7:46 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • on July 31, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Best of Luck Afghanistan cricket wish you all the best and successful

  • on July 31, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Good Luck Team Afghanistan In Sha Allah You Will Win The Match Against Namibia With High Run Rate.

  • on July 30, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    show your talent to the world&never give up! GUDLUCK AFGHAN

  • SamWintson92 on July 30, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    All the very best Afghanistan. I like Afghan cricket & hope many international sides will play against them. Afghan players play with high spirit, passion & enthusiasm. Shapoor Zadran is one of my fav players. Hamid Hasan is also very good who plays with head band. They are quality fast bowlers.

  • on July 30, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    We are really proud of you guys , in fact all the cricketing world is proud of your dramatic success over a period of just 5 years . You turned into glory from ashes . Best of luck for Namibia tour and up coming ACC Emerging Cup in Singapore .

  • on July 30, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan! I am really happy to see comments from friends from other countries. It makes me feel so satisfied with the progress our team has made!

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    All the best, for the both teams, if they win with good Run rate then may qualify

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    well wishes from sri lanka..hope you will do better..#wc2015 sure

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Need to grab both WCLC matches because Afghanistan badly need them and then look forward to the last round. Int'l CUP final will be between Afg v Ire will be intresting to watch if ESPN STAR SPORTS Aired it live. Best ov luck Afghan boys can't wait till the matches starts.

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    good luck team Afg inshallah u guys will perform well and make us proud

  • on July 30, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    go ahead Afghan tiger's...Respect and support from Bangladesh

  • qasmikhan on July 30, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Afghanistan surely win this games against Namibia , Afghanistan has 3 fast bowlers which will damage Namibia, Afghanistan should win the 2 ODI which is very important to qualify to 2015 WC LONG LIFE AFGHANISTAN , WISH YOU ALL THE BEST

  • Sussexx on July 30, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    All players from my side for my brother cricketers to win the 4-day and as well as 2 world cricket league matches in Namibia. .. wish you all the best Afghanistan cricket team, managers, coach, selectors and the entire Afghanistan cricket board:).

  • Sussexx on July 30, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    All players from my side for my brother cricketers to win the 4-day and as well as 2 world cricket league matches in Namibia. .. wish you all the best Afghanistan cricket team, managers, coach, selectors and the entire Afghanistan cricket board:).

  • qasmikhan on July 30, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Afghanistan surely win this games against Namibia , Afghanistan has 3 fast bowlers which will damage Namibia, Afghanistan should win the 2 ODI which is very important to qualify to 2015 WC LONG LIFE AFGHANISTAN , WISH YOU ALL THE BEST

  • on July 30, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    go ahead Afghan tiger's...Respect and support from Bangladesh

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    good luck team Afg inshallah u guys will perform well and make us proud

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Need to grab both WCLC matches because Afghanistan badly need them and then look forward to the last round. Int'l CUP final will be between Afg v Ire will be intresting to watch if ESPN STAR SPORTS Aired it live. Best ov luck Afghan boys can't wait till the matches starts.

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    well wishes from sri lanka..hope you will do better..#wc2015 sure

  • on July 30, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    All the best, for the both teams, if they win with good Run rate then may qualify

  • on July 30, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    Good luck Afghanistan! I am really happy to see comments from friends from other countries. It makes me feel so satisfied with the progress our team has made!

  • on July 30, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    We are really proud of you guys , in fact all the cricketing world is proud of your dramatic success over a period of just 5 years . You turned into glory from ashes . Best of luck for Namibia tour and up coming ACC Emerging Cup in Singapore .

  • SamWintson92 on July 30, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    All the very best Afghanistan. I like Afghan cricket & hope many international sides will play against them. Afghan players play with high spirit, passion & enthusiasm. Shapoor Zadran is one of my fav players. Hamid Hasan is also very good who plays with head band. They are quality fast bowlers.