Afghanistan news August 3, 2013

Afghanistan to play Pakistan in one-off T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Android 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

  • ahmad 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Cool 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 !

  • Lutfullah 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.

  • Gohar 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.

  • Manesh 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

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