Afghanistan news August 3, 2013

Afghanistan to play Pakistan in one-off T20

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Afghanistan will play Pakistan in a Twenty20 match in Sharjah, on December 8, the Afghanistan Cricket Board has announced. The match is a result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Afghanistan and Pakistan boards, through which the PCB will aid the ACB in the lead-up to the 2015 World Cup.

"We are excited by the opportunity to play against a Full Member nation," Noor Mohammad Murad, the ACB's chief executive, said. "Win or lose, the experience gained by our players will be absolutely invaluable.

"One of the issues for Afghanistan cricket in recent years has been that we are among the top teams of the Associate and Affiliate members and we tend to win a high percentage of our matches against them. Our national team needs the challenge of playing against some of the elite cricket teams like Pakistan and Australia, in order to raise their performance level. So far only Pakistan and Australia have given us this opportunity, but we are hoping that more Full Member nations will follow their example."

Afghanistan have played four Twenty20s against Full Members, including South Africa, India and England, but those matches came in the 2010 and 2012 World Twenty20s. Outside of ICC tournaments, they've played one ODI each against Pakistan and Australia last year.

Understandably, they did not win any of those six games, but Murad remains confident of a strong showing in December. "We believe we can give the Pakistan team a good run for its money. T20 is one of our strengths and last year we gave India a scare in the World T20. We hope to give the Pakistan team a strong challenge and, who knows, maybe even more than that."

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 11, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Inshallah Afghanistan will win with good margin afghanistan need to play with top teams like England South afrika Pakistan nd others for better rust

  • POSTED BY ahmad_khalid2 on | August 5, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    It is a good move by ICC but not good enough for Afghanistan.Afghanistan need to play with the top teams .if we look Zimbabwe cricket they played 5 ODI VS India they lost all of them even they didn't made interested match.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    good opportunity for Afghan national team to emerge and ythanks to PCB and we need more and more oneday and twenty matches

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | August 5, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    God luck to Afghanistan team. I am sure you guys will have the weak Pakistani team running for cover. I really like the spirit and enthusiam with which you guys play. Hope the BCCI allows at least 1-2 Afghan players into IPL. Best wishes from an Indian friend !

  • POSTED BY LSAF on | August 5, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    A big thank you to PCB for giving the Afghan team yet another opportunity to play against a full member after the ODI last year. PCB has helped Afghan cricket a lot as opposed to countries like INDIA and SRI LANKA. I'm sure that the Indian team is wary of the Afghan side after they were given a scare in the T20 WC, but mark my words, we will defeat you soon if we meet again.

  • POSTED BY Gohar73 on | August 4, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Well Done PCB. I think ICC should allow Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan as a tri nation series that time in Dubai. I am a big fan of Pakistan Cricket team.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | August 4, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Afganistan will beat Pakistan this time. They are capable to do it. Just wait and see for another good cricketing country from Asia. Go Afgan go, Indians will support you.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Afghanistan cricket board needs to contact with Bangladesh cricket board.I hope that Bangladesh will agreed to play with Afghanistan and we can enjoy hard competition by the teams.....I have a Dream that I want to play for Afghanistan.I can bowl well like Saeed Ajmal and I also can bat well.If i got a chance from Afghanistan I will try my best to serve the country.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Oh, definitely, we will give them tough time. Now, we have got better than previous years. But, we want ICC to slope their shoulder toward us, as they do with Zimbabwe and other Associate nations. Its too far, how to pass the time to see our great nation in Sharjha Cricket Stadium with BRG( Black, Red and Grean) flag.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Afghanistan has shown character in the past against the strong Teams.. As in their last encounter Against India in the World Cup, nearly gave India an upset.. t20 matches are not predictable.. and Afghanistan's Team in t20's Predictabally unpredictable..... Insha'Allah

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 11, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Inshallah Afghanistan will win with good margin afghanistan need to play with top teams like England South afrika Pakistan nd others for better rust

  • POSTED BY ahmad_khalid2 on | August 5, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    It is a good move by ICC but not good enough for Afghanistan.Afghanistan need to play with the top teams .if we look Zimbabwe cricket they played 5 ODI VS India they lost all of them even they didn't made interested match.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    good opportunity for Afghan national team to emerge and ythanks to PCB and we need more and more oneday and twenty matches

  • POSTED BY golgoal on | August 5, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    God luck to Afghanistan team. I am sure you guys will have the weak Pakistani team running for cover. I really like the spirit and enthusiam with which you guys play. Hope the BCCI allows at least 1-2 Afghan players into IPL. Best wishes from an Indian friend !

  • POSTED BY LSAF on | August 5, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    A big thank you to PCB for giving the Afghan team yet another opportunity to play against a full member after the ODI last year. PCB has helped Afghan cricket a lot as opposed to countries like INDIA and SRI LANKA. I'm sure that the Indian team is wary of the Afghan side after they were given a scare in the T20 WC, but mark my words, we will defeat you soon if we meet again.

  • POSTED BY Gohar73 on | August 4, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Well Done PCB. I think ICC should allow Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan as a tri nation series that time in Dubai. I am a big fan of Pakistan Cricket team.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | August 4, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    Afganistan will beat Pakistan this time. They are capable to do it. Just wait and see for another good cricketing country from Asia. Go Afgan go, Indians will support you.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    Afghanistan cricket board needs to contact with Bangladesh cricket board.I hope that Bangladesh will agreed to play with Afghanistan and we can enjoy hard competition by the teams.....I have a Dream that I want to play for Afghanistan.I can bowl well like Saeed Ajmal and I also can bat well.If i got a chance from Afghanistan I will try my best to serve the country.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Oh, definitely, we will give them tough time. Now, we have got better than previous years. But, we want ICC to slope their shoulder toward us, as they do with Zimbabwe and other Associate nations. Its too far, how to pass the time to see our great nation in Sharjha Cricket Stadium with BRG( Black, Red and Grean) flag.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    Afghanistan has shown character in the past against the strong Teams.. As in their last encounter Against India in the World Cup, nearly gave India an upset.. t20 matches are not predictable.. and Afghanistan's Team in t20's Predictabally unpredictable..... Insha'Allah

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Great move by PCB, I would even add them in the Pak-SL series and make it a tri series. It will surely be very entertaining. Afghanistan and Ireland are two teams that are awaiting their chances in the big arena. I personally have seen some of the afgan cricketers here in Pakistan some time back in the Ramadan cup, and boy they were explosive. It is like putting 11 afridi's in the team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    if we look the performance of Zimbabwe against India we cant compare our team look at the performance of our team against Pakistan and Australia ,the full member teams and ICC should give us more opportunity to develop our cricket more and more to be honest we are much better than zimbabwe current team best of hero u will make history for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    It is great news, and'll be interesting match. We thanks ACB for their best achievements and hope so, they'll win. Lets pray together for Afghan tigers.

  • POSTED BY Crick_Expert on | August 3, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    I am from West Indies and big fan of PAK. TEAM. I salute PAK nation as they always supported associate teams like Bangladesh, Afghan, Ireland, Canada etc. Afghan should say special Thanks to PAK as they always supported them. That was PAK who taught them how to play cricket. There is no doubt PAK team need some practice matches before face to Sri Lanka. Afghan team still needs many years to become a real cricket team. PAK domestic team Karachi-zone team can beat Afghan team anytime anywhere. So to defeat PAK Team is green dream for Afghan Team, that can't become reality.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Like everywhere else, I think Afghanistan will eventually stab Pakistan in the back after receiving all the benefits from it when it needs them the most. Nothing good has come from Afghanistan towards Pakistan, ever.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    I hope Afghanistan team wins against Pakistan. I hope that Afghanistan is given more opportunity to play against full members. They are a very exciting team to watch. They play with passion and flamboyance, their style of Cricket is needed to improve Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sajawand on | August 3, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    I can't wait to see Afghans playing Pakistan. I really like the match among Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Pakistan and India. Good luck Afghan Tigers !

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    amazing move by the PCB hope the afghan tigers can make something out of the match and have a great experience overall because pak has the best bowlin attack in the world. good luck to both teams. let the better team win

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | August 3, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Afg will get trashed but I think it'll be a good experience for them because Pak have the best bowling attack in limited overs cricket, hence they'll know what to expect from other teams during the 2014 WC.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    T20 is Afghanistan's strenght,playing at sharjah Afghanistan's home ground, in witness of around 15000 Afghan fans would scare any side. Restric Pakistan upto 130-140 and u'll grab the game easy. Hope more FMs follow Pakistan's path and give Afghanistan more oppourtunities and test them more.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    All the best Afghanistan . I know Pakistan is always a tough opposition in T20 but I believe you can give them a tough time and even fancy your chances to pull off a victory .

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | August 3, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    I am sure that with the talent and commitment they have shown, if given the opportunity they could give better results than Bangladesh in a near future.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Icc should give chance to Afghanistan to play matches against full member teams

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | August 3, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Great news. Fantastic step by the Pcb. Afghanistan is a team of very aggresive and passionate cricketers which makes them exciting to watch. Especially Mohammad Shazad woah now that guy is an absolute beast when it comes to batting. Really hope the Afghanis give our team a good run for their money which I am no doubt they will. Very pleasing to see Pcb continue keeping Pakistani tradition alive of helping associate nations.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    nice one if afghan team take all good players they can win the match, but more important they have to win namibia 2 matches ,they have to get in world cup nad proove there

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    should play more often with big teams . 1 off t20 or odi isnt enough exposure. icc should encourage full members to play associates more often.

  • POSTED BY nabeel-84 on | August 3, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Great to see the progress of cricket in Afghanistan. Pakistan has supported their development from early days which is great for the sport. Similar support from India could really benefit the afghanis. As for Pakistan, weak batting is an issue but their bowlers will more often than not win them the game.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    afghanistan shd try to play the asia cup in 2014

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Surely our Afghan tigerzzz will do it again... INshallah

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | August 3, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Greetings from India to my Afghan friends ! I am sure you will do great. Pakistanis have very poor batting line-up and are very weak mentally also. Make use of these weaknesses and you will win surely. All the best !!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Great news for our war-torn country & thanks PCB for supporting our cricket team.

  • POSTED BY DauD_ on | August 3, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Great news! Afghanistan have a wonderful cricket side and deserve these opportunities (and more).

    Good luck to both teams.

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  • POSTED BY DauD_ on | August 3, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Great news! Afghanistan have a wonderful cricket side and deserve these opportunities (and more).

    Good luck to both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Great news for our war-torn country & thanks PCB for supporting our cricket team.

  • POSTED BY piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on | August 3, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Greetings from India to my Afghan friends ! I am sure you will do great. Pakistanis have very poor batting line-up and are very weak mentally also. Make use of these weaknesses and you will win surely. All the best !!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Surely our Afghan tigerzzz will do it again... INshallah

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    afghanistan shd try to play the asia cup in 2014

  • POSTED BY nabeel-84 on | August 3, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Great to see the progress of cricket in Afghanistan. Pakistan has supported their development from early days which is great for the sport. Similar support from India could really benefit the afghanis. As for Pakistan, weak batting is an issue but their bowlers will more often than not win them the game.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    should play more often with big teams . 1 off t20 or odi isnt enough exposure. icc should encourage full members to play associates more often.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    nice one if afghan team take all good players they can win the match, but more important they have to win namibia 2 matches ,they have to get in world cup nad proove there

  • POSTED BY Chaudry_Cricket on | August 3, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Great news. Fantastic step by the Pcb. Afghanistan is a team of very aggresive and passionate cricketers which makes them exciting to watch. Especially Mohammad Shazad woah now that guy is an absolute beast when it comes to batting. Really hope the Afghanis give our team a good run for their money which I am no doubt they will. Very pleasing to see Pcb continue keeping Pakistani tradition alive of helping associate nations.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 3, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Icc should give chance to Afghanistan to play matches against full member teams